The American soprano Claron McFadden, who has been linked to the CvA for several years by giving Masterclasses at the voice department, has been appointed Artist in Residence at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, she will work with ensembles and individual students in the form of coachings, presentations and performances of several departments. Sven Arne Tepl, Associate Director and Head of Classical Music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam: ‘With Claron, we managed to appoint not only one of the most prominent singers, but also an all-round artist who will be a source of inspiration for everybody. She is the epitome of a pioneering, versatile artist who combines innovation with excellence. With her enthusiasm and skill she will bring a fantastic vitality to our institute.’
About Claron McFadden
Claron McFadden studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Her opera debut took place at the Holland Festival in 1985. Ever since, she gained fame and build an impressive career. Claron has worked with big names such as William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Jörg Widmann, Michel van der Aa, The Arditti Quartet (with whom she recorded Brian Ferneyough's 4th String Quartet), Alain Platel and Frans Brüggen, and with orchestras such as the Residentie Orchestra, The Budapest Festival Orchestra and Klangorum Wien. Apart from this she is a much sought-after opera singer and has made an appearance during productions of opera houses including La Scala, De Nederlandse Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Apart from many radio and tv productions, Claron McFadden also recorded multiple CDs for big labels such as EMI, being nominated for a Grammy for her recording of Birtwistle's "The Woman and the Hare" with the Nash Ensemble. In 2006 she received the Amsterdamprijs voor de Kunst. Because of her versatility, she has found herself often asked to perform with jazz musicians such as Eric Vloeimans, Henk Meutgeert and the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Chris Hinze and Aka Moon. The music/theater piece "Lilith", created and performed by Claron McFadden had its world-premiere in the 2012 Holland Festival.
Artist in Residence (AIR) is a programme of the Amsterdam University of the Arts in conjunction with all of its departments. It stimulates innovation and facilitates encounters with contemporary art practice. And provides host faculties with the opportunity to benefit from the experience of respected artists, breathing new life into the educational and artistic structures of the Academy. Results of the AIR programme are published internal and external in the journal ON AIR. www.air.ahk.nl