More about Malcolm Bruno

Born into a musical family in New Jersey in 1952, MALCOLM BRUNO started writing his own music at the age of 12, later studying in New York at Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music and New York University. An MPhil and doctoral thesis in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger at King’s College London University was followed by study in Paris with Max Deutsch and an MMus in London at the Royal College of Music in composition. In 1983 he met Andrew Parrott and became associate director of the Taverner Choir, Consort & Players, a position he held for 20 years.


Since 1985 he has been a music producer for BBC and ITV in the UK, for DRS in Switzerland, NRK in Norway and PRI and PBS in the US. He has specialised in early music performance and music and theatre, working with many of the leading singers and players in Britain and on the Continent and in the US. He has produced many recordings for EMI, Sony, Virgin Classics, Avie, and the Linn and Naxos labels. He produced a Christmas special for PBS from Trondheim in Norway in 2005 that attracted some 5 million viewers in the US alone. In 2006, he founded with four top singers on the American scene New York Polyphony, a new vocal consort specialising in early and contemporary music, whose first commercial release in 2007 met with huge international acclaim.


In the US he works regularly with the choir and orchestra of the National Cathedral in Washington, the Westminster Choir in Princeton, the Choir of Men and Boys of St Thomas Church in New York, the St Olaf College and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota and the Concert Royal in New York and Dallas Bach Society in Texas. He is musical adviser to New York Polyphony. In Norway he is artistic adviser to Vestfoldfestspillene and producer for Barokksolistene (artistic director Bjarte Eike), whose first solo CD, London Calling, appears on the BIS label in 2012. Future projects include a new production of Dido & Aeneas with the New York Baroque Dance Company, Barokksolistene and Drottningholm Slottsteater.


Since 2002 he has begun editing a number of major choral works for Bärenreiter Verlag in Germany, beginning with his own reconstruction of Pergolesi’s Marian Vespers, which received its US premiere at the Boston Early Music Festival in May 2007. In summer 2011 editions of Vivaldi's Gloria (RV 589) and Kyrie (RV587) appeared. He is currently working on a new urtext of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. He is a regular contributor to the British journal Choir & Organ.