Plaine & Easie Wins 3rd Medieval/Renaissance Music Competition

9 Oct 2009


L to R: Nathan Whittaker, Linda Tsatsanis, Shulamit Kleinerman, John Lenti
(L to R: Nathan Whittaker, Linda Tsatsanis,Shulamit Kleinerman, John Lenti)

(SEATTLE, WA). Early Music America (EMA) is pleased to announce Plaine & Easie as the winner of both the Unicorn Prize and the Audience Prize in its 2009 Medieval/Renaissance music competition for North American artists.  The competition took place on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 at Corpus Christi Church in New York City. Plaine & Easie is a quartet specializing in English Renaissance music.

They are based in Seattle, WA. Members include Linda Tsatsanis, soprano; Shulamit Kleinerman, Renaissance violin; John Lenti, lute; and Nathan Whittaker, bass violin/cello.

Their competition program featured music by John Dowland, Thomas Morley, John Playford, Thomas Campion, and others. Three members of the group have degrees from Indiana University, while Ms. Kleinerman is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

As winners of the Unicorn Prize, Plaine & Easie receives a cash prize and the opportunity to perform on the concert series of three distinguished early music presenters: Early Music Guild (Seattle); Early Music Now (Milwaukee); and Renaissance & Baroque (Pittsburgh).

Plaine & Easie was competing against two other finalist ensembles, both based in Montreal, QC: Ensemble Alkemia and Musica Fantasia. Judges for the competition were Valerie Horst (Amherst Early Music), Mary Anne Ballard (Baltimore Consort), Johanne Goyette (ATMA Classique), Drew Minter (Trefoil), and Frederick Renz (Early Music New York). All finalists benefited from the coaching of Grant Herreid, NY-based early music specialist, in a special coaching session on Oct. 6. The EMA Medieval/ Renaissance competition is sponsored by the generous contributions of private donors.

Click here for photos of the Medieval/Renaissance music competition.

Contact: Maria Coldwell, Executive Director
206-720-6270; fax 206-720-6290

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