Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is a mezzo-soprano specializing in early and new music. She was a member of the acclaimed vocal quartet Anonymous 4 for many years and is founder and music director of ModernMedieval. She also teaches voice both privately and at Fordham, Columbia and CUNY, and is the music director of the Fordham University Collegium.
B.A. Joint Honors, English and Music, Queens University, Belfast, N. Ireland
M.A. Music and Music Education, Columbia University Teachers College
D.M.A. Voice/Music History The Juilliard School
-Member of Anonymous 4 1996-2015. Toured both nationally and internationally and recorded 14 award-winning CDs, including American Angels which twice topped Billboard’s classical music charts, and The Cherry Tree, one of the top selling classical CDs of 2010.
-Founder and director of ModernMedieval, a vocal trio specializing in early and new music. Dr. Horner-Kwiatek is joined by Eliza Bagg and Martha Cluver, members of Roomful of Teeth. Performances and residencies throughout the U.S., including NYC Ecstatic Music Festival and Princeton Sound Kitchen.
-Soloist with early music ensembles both in Europe and the U.S., including The Washington Bach Consort DC, The Sixteen, The Bach Sinfonia, Carmel Bach Festival, St. Thomas Church NYC, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran NYC, Baltimore Consort, Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Armonia Nova, The Folger Consort, Parthenia, Sonnambula, and Abendmusik.
-Soloist with new music ensembles both in Europe and the U.S., including Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, Continuum, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Ixion, Ekmeles, and Locrian Chamber Ensemble.
-World premieres include Bacchant inThe Bacchae (John Buller) for English National Opera London, Monk in Gawain (Sir Harrison Birtwistle) for The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Overseer in Sweat by Juliet Palmer at National Sawdust for Centre for Contemporary Opera, Alcina in Jonathan Dawe’s Cracked Orlando for Juilliard’s Centre for Innovation in the Arts, and Gertrude Stein in Daniel Thomas Davis’s Six.Twenty.Outrageous for AOP at Symphony Space.
-Also premiered the mezzo solos in Richard Einhorn’s oratorio The Origin, based on the life of Charles Darwin at SUNYOswego, and in Irish composer Philip Hammond’s Requiem for the Titanic, a performance that was broadcast live from St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, throughout the whole of Ireland.
Recognition & Awards
Featured soloist, Calling All Dawns, double Grammy winner.
Member of NATS NYC Board
Adams Fellow, Carmel Bach Festival Guest Clinician/visiting artist at Universities and Conservatories including Duke, Mannes, Manhattan School of Music, Yale, Catholic University of America and SUNY Binghamton.