American Virtuosi Opera Theater
Kenneth Hamrick, Artistic Director and Conductor


Kenneth Hamrick has attained distinction as a conductor with a range of repertories — from Baroque to Contemporary — and as an award-winning harpsichordist, pianist and organist. He collaborates with a wide variety of musicians and artists to produce innovative programming that engages new and diverse audiences. To fuse early music interpretation with modern theatrical sensibility, he founded the vocal and instrumental ensemble American Virtuosi in 1992.

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Hamrick recently conducted the New York debut of Hans Werner Henze's Das Ende einer Welt (The End of a World) and John Harbison's A Full Moon in March for Encompass New Opera Theater, and has served as music director for the Baroque Opera Institute, conducting The Birth of Opera: Venice 1600/ New York 2000, La Féte d'Atreus: a French Baroque Tragédie Lyrique, and a staging of Handel's MESSIAH in John Jay Theater at Lincoln Center.

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