Founded in 1988 by conductor Harold Rosenbaum, The New York Virtuoso Singers has become this country’s leading exponent of contemporary choral music. Its emphasis is on commissioning, performing and recording the music of American composers.
NYVS has been featured many times on radio and TV. In August 1993, the group appeared as the first-ever guest chorus at Tanglewood Music Center’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music (returning in 2003), and in 2010, NYVS made its third appearance at the Juilliard School. NYVS has won the ASCAP-Chorus America “Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music” four times, and has been given Chorus America’s “American Choral Works Performance Award.” It appears on over 40 commercial CD’s.
It has premiered approximately 425 works by composers such as Luciano Berio, Luigi Dallapiccola, John Harbison, Hans Werner Henze, Louis Andriessen, John Corigliano, Mark Adamo, Shulamit Ran, George Perle, Harrison Birtwistle, Ernst Krenek, Thea Musgrave, Jonathan Harvey, Arvo Pärt and Andrew Imbrie.
NYVS performed the American Premiere of the choral version of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion on the first ever New Sounds Live from WNYC’s Greene Space.