Early Music America Announces Winner of Collegium Musicum Grant

23 Jan 2008 SEATTLE, WA-Early Music America is pleased to announce the winner of the 2007-2008 Collegium Musicum Grant: the Early Music Ensemble from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, directed by Adam Knight Gilbert.

The USC Thornton Early Music Ensemble is a period-instrument ensemble whose members are among the most gifted instrumentalists at the USC Thornton School. Specializing in music from the seventeenth- through the mid-eighteenth century, they have performed in the U.K.-L.A. Festival, the Los Angeles Bach Festival, the Long Beach Bach Festival, the J. Paul Getty Summer Music Festival, the Cal State Summer Arts Festival and concert series at UCLA, Occidental College, Chapman University, the Skirball Cultural Center and many others. Their performances have been heard over National Public Radio.

Adam Knight Gilbert, director of the early music program at USC, is one of the premiere international players of the Renaissance shawm. The first graduate of the Early Music program at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, he has performed as a member of New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, the Waverly Consort and Piffaro, the Renaissance Band. He is also a founding member of ensemble Ciaramella, which performs concerts of fifteenth-century music in The United States, Israel and Belgium, and has recorded on the Naxos label. Adam studied recorder at Rotterdams Conservatorium and studied in Leuven, Belgium from 1998 to 2000 as a recipient of the Fulbright and Belgian American Education Foundation Grants. He completed his PhD at Case Western Reserve University in 2003, and taught for two years as a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University. Adam can be heard on Dorian, Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv, Passacaille, Musica Americana and Lyrichord labels.

The purpose of the EMA Collegium Musicum Grant is to provide $1000 toward the cost of bringing a college or university student early music ensemble to perform a Fringe Concert at the Boston Early Music Festival (odd-numbered years) or the Berkeley Festival (even-numbered years). The USC group will perform during the Berkeley Festival, June 3-8, 2008. EMA will also provide some publicity and other support for the concert.

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.

Contact: Maria Coldwell
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