Paul Elliott

Biography

English tenor Paul Elliott became a well-known singer in London's busy early music scene and has transferred his career to the United States.

At the traditional age of nine, he won a competitive audition for a position as chorister (boy singer) at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. In 1964, he won a scholarship as a music scholar at the King's School, Canterbury, where he studied flute, voice, and piano. His university education was at
Read more Magdalene College, Oxford, where he was a choral scholar. He graduated in 1973 with his bachelor of arts and obtained a master of arts in 1977, studying philosophy, politics, and economics.

Meanwhile, he had begun singing with the Monteverdi Choir, the Schutz Choir, Cantores in Ecclesia, the John Alldis Choir, the Baccholian Singers of London, the Deller Consort, and the Consort of Musick. In 1974, he became a founding member of the Hilliard Ensemble and became more associated with early music performance. He joined the Early Music Consort of London and the London Early Music Group, of which he was also a founding member in 1976. He also recorded and gave concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music, Pro Cantione Antiqua, Broadside Band, and the Medieval Ensemble of London. From 1972, he began taking solo parts in performances of the various ensembles with which he sang and sang extensively in oratorios and at concert engagements throughout Europe. He sang the role of Abaris in Rameau's 1978 Les Boreades in the Flanders Festival and thereafter embarked on a career singing Baroque and Classical-era operas. He made his United States solo debut singing in Handel's Messiah at the Hollywood Bowl, with Christopher Hogwood conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

He decided to resettle in the United States, and in 1984 and 1985, he was artist-in-residence at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. The next year, he served as visiting lecturer at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. In 1986, he became an associate professor of music at the Early Music Institute of Indiana University. Since 1991, he has been a full professor of music at the Early Music Institute and professor of voice.

In North America, he has performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco in music of Handel and at the Vancouver Early Music Festival. He has sung with Tafelmusik, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and various other orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

In 1991, he joined Theatre of Voices, a vocal ensemble founded by Paul Hillier, with whom he had worked in the Hilliard Ensemble. Hillier was then located in Northern California, but in 1996 relocated himself and Theatre of Voices to Bloomington, where Hillier became director of the Early Music Institute. Since Theatre of Voices concerns itself both with early music and recent new music, Elliott became more involved with contemporary music in the last decade of the twentieth century. He appeared as a soloist in the Nonesuch Records release of Steve Reich's Proverbs and in music of John Cage, Arvo Pärt, and Renaissance composers William Byrd, Orlande de Lassus, Thomas Tallis, and Josquin Desprez. His more than 90 recordings appear on the Nonesuch, Harmonia Mundi, and ECM record labels. He makes frequent appearances at festivals and with orchestras in Europe and Britain, and teaches at master classes and workshops throughout North America. He lives in Bloomington with his wife, viola da gamba player Wendy Gillespie, and their two young sons. He is also a licensed real estate broker and bills himself as "the Singing Realtor." Read less
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  • 1.
    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    C.P.E. Bach Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94640 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anna Starr,  Joaquim Guerra Codina,  Machiko Takahashi,  Eckart Haupt  ... 
    Conductor:  Didier Talpain,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Jörn Boysen,  Roland Kieft  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Poetica  ... 
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    Bach Bachianas - Music By The Bach Family / Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001725802 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Heinrich Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Georg Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Zedelius,  Ulla Groenewold,  Paul Elliott,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Rheinische Kantorei
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    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Die Auferstehung Und Himmelfahrt Jesu
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 456 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Christoph Prégardien,  Stephen Varcoe,  Paul Elliott  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert
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    Purcell: King Arthur / Deller, Deller Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 50252 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Mark Deller,  Honor Sheppard,  Leigh Nixon,  Maurice Bevan  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Deller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Choir,  King's Musick,  Deller Consort
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    The Complete Christmas Celebration
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001493002 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Olaf Bär,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Christopher Hogwood,  Valery Gergiev,  Georg Ratzinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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    Monteverdi: Madrigali Erotici / Rooley, Consort Of Musicke
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 421480 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Jan Spencer,  Jakob Lindberg,  David Roblou,  John Toll  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Josquin Desprez: Motets & Chansons / Hilliard Ensemble
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49209 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
    Performer:  Nicholas Robertson,  Ashley Stafford,  Leigh Nixon,  Rogers Covey-Crump  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
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    Purcell Edition, Vol. 3 – Anthems, Odes & Instrumental Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69140 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  David Thomas,  Paul Elliott,  Brian Gordon,  Ashley Stafford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Stephen Stubbs,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Santa Cecilia - Purcell, Handel, Haydn
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 66356 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Thomas Allen,  Robert Tear,  Sally Burgess  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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    Purcell Edition, Vol. 2: The Indian Queen; The Tempest; Dioclesian; Timon Of Athens
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4691990 Release Date: 04/13/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Rosemary Hardy,  Roderick Earle,  Carol Hall,  David Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra
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    Handel: Messiah / Koopman, Kweksilber, Bowman, Reinhart / The Sixteen, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4692826 Release Date: 04/06/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Marianne Kweksilber,  James Bowman,  Gregory Reinhart,  Paul Elliott
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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    Handel: Messiah Highlights / Christopher Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 400086 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Paul Elliott,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Emma Kirkby,  David Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
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    Handel: Utrecht Te Deum & Jubilate / Preston, Hogwood, AAM
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458072 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Emma Kirkby,  Shirley Minty,  James Bowman  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Preston,  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
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    Handel: Alceste, Comus / Christopher Hogwood, Kirkby
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 421479 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Patrizia Kwella,  Judith Nelson,  Paul Elliott  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 18.
    Die Familie Bach Vor Johann Sebastian / Reinhard Göbel
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419253 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Heinrich Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Georg Christoph Bach
    Performer:  Ulla Groenewold,  Paul Elliott,  Stephen Varcoe,  Maria Zedelius  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Rheinische Kantorei
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  • 19.
    The Hilliard Ensemble - Highlights From Their Catalogue
    Label: Emi Laser Series   Catalog: 67118 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Ockeghem,  William Byrd,  Richard Strauss,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  John Potter,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Mark Padmore,  David James  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  Hanover Boys' Choir Members
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    Music For Tudor Kings From The Time Of Henry Vii & Henry Viii
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1015 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Thomas Phelyppis,  King VIII Henry,  Robert Fayrfax
    Performer:  Paul Nieman,  Philip Pickett,  Errol Girdlestone,  Paul Hillier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  New London Consort members
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  • 21.
    The Art Of The Netherlands / Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64215 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous,  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Alexander Agricola  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Elliott,  James Bowman,  Andrew van der Beek,  Alan Lumsden  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
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    Monteverdi: Madrigali Erotici / Rooley, Consort Of Musicke
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 001011302 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Jan Spencer,  Jakob Lindberg,  David Roblou,  John Toll  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Gabrieli: Symphoniae Sacrae / Parrott, Kirkby, Penrose, Skinner
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436860 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli
    Performer:  Brian Etheridge,  Nigel Rogers,  Martyn Hill,  Timothy Penrose  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Choir,  London Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble
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    Music From The Time Of Elizabeth I / Hogwood, Sneak's Noyse
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 433193 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Anonymous,  Anthony Holborne,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel North,  Jakob Lindberg,  Roderick Skeaping,  Lucie Skeaping  ... 
    Conductor:  Roderick Skeaping,  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sneak's Noyse,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 2006 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Paul Elliott,  Klaus Haffke,  Barbara Schlick
    Conductor:  Karl-Friedrich Beringer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsbach Boys Choir,  Leipzig Radio Orchestra Collegium Musicum
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