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Countertenor Andrew Rader has performed as a soloist and with Magnificat Baroque, LIBER: Ensemble for Early Music, and ¡Sacabuche! Ensemble throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. In addition to these chamber music activites, he has been involved in numerous solo and choral performances with Music City (formerly Belle Meade) Baroque of Nashville, Tennessee, Bourbon Baroque of Lexington, Kentucky, and Indianapolis Baroque. Sharing the stage with ARTEK, Marion Verbruggen Trio, AVE, Music’s Re-creation and Archetti, he has performed at the Boston, Chicago, Madison, Bloomington and Berkeley Early Music Festivals during recent seasons.
He is a founding member and Co-Director of Vox Reflexa, a chamber vocal ensemble formed in 2009 which is geared toward bridging the gap between antiquity and present day through chant melodies and texts. Within this ensemble, Mr. Rader is also the Director of the Vox Reflexa Consort, the portion of the ensemble crafted specifically for the performance of early works.
His stage experience includes Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Oberon) and Indiana University Opera Theater’s production of Händel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, for which he sang the title role under the baton of Maestro Gary Thor Wedow and the stage direction of Tom Diamond. Recently, he was the countertenor cover for all countertenor roles in John Adams’ new Passion-Oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, which premiered in March 2013 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and directed by Peter Sellers.
Other solo engagements have included performances of Bach’s St. John Passion and Magnificat, along with numerous of his cantatas, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art, Carl Smith’s Fire and Ice: Michelangelo the Writer, Händel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Schütz’ Weihnachshistorie, Vecchi’s L’Amfiparnaso, and recently, Dominick DiOrio’s Stabat mater dolorosa.
In 2009, Mr. Rader was the first place winner of the Grace Moore Memorial Scholarship Competition, Young Artist Division, and in 2011, he was the Third Place winner in the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award Countertenor Competition, held in Lugano, Switzerland. In 2014, he was the Third Place winner in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, Young Artist Division. He is currently a finalist in the Oratoro Society of New York 2015 solo competition, and is looking forward to the concert on April 11 at Carnegie.