American contralto Emily Marvosh has been gaining recognition for her “sterling voice,” and “graceful allure,” on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Disney Hall, Lincoln Center, Prague’s Smetana Hall, and Vienna’s Stefansdom. Following her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, she has been a frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society under the direction of Harry Christophers. Other recent solo appearances include the American Bach Soloists (Messiah), Charlotte Symphony (Messiah), Tucson Symphony Orchestra (Mahler’s 3rd Symphony), Chorus Pro Musica (Stravinsky’s Les Noces), Music Worcester (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), L’academie (Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus), Back Bay Chorale (Bach Magnificat), the Brookline Symphony (Sea Pictures), the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, and the Chorus of Westerly (Dvořak Stabat Mater), she is often featured on the Music at Marsh Bach Cantata Series. Awards include the prestigious Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival (2013), the American Prize in the Oratorio and Art Song divisions (2013), and second place in the New England Regional NATSAA competition (2014).
Her contributions to 21st century repertoire and performance include world premiere performances with Juventas New Music and the Manchester Summer Chamber Music Festival, and in 2013, Miss Marvosh created the roles of Viviane and the Mother in the world premiere of Hugo Kauder’s Merlin with the Hugo Kauder Society. She is a founding member of the Lorelei Ensemble, which promotes innovative new music for women. With Lorelei, she has enjoyed collaborations with composer David Lang, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Of a recent Lorelei performance, one critic wrote, “Marvosh, whose stage presence was a joy to behold, offered a tone that had the velvety soulfulness of a cello…and lent a refreshing pious solemnity to this more joyful of Mass texts.”
A frequent recitalist and proud native of Michigan, she has created a chamber recital that celebrates the history and culture of her home state. The Michigan Recital Project features commissions by emerging composers and performances by fellow Michiganders. The recital, for which Miss Marvosh won a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, has ongoing performances across the country.
Ensemble appearances in the past and upcoming seasons include the Oregon Bach Festival under the direction of Helmut Rilling, the Bachakademie Stuttgart, Portland Baroque Orchestra, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Boston Camerata, the Skylark Chamber Ensemble, the Yale Choral Artists, and Cambridge Concentus. Miss Marvosh can be heard on two recent GRAMMY-nominated recordings: Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem with Seraphic Fire, and Prayers and Remembrances with True Concord Voices and Orchestra. She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Boston University. www.emilymarvosh.com