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Conductor MARTIN PEARLMAN is among this country's leading interpreters of Baroque and Classical music on both period and modern instruments. Hailed for his "fresh, buoyant interpretations," and his "vivid realizations teeming with life," Pearlman has been acclaimed for more than thirty years in the orchestral, choral, and operatic repertoire from Monteverdi to Beethoven.
Martin Pearlman is the founder, music director, and conductor of both the orchestra and chorus which make up the Boston Baroque ensemble. Highlights of his work in opera include the complete surviving Monteverdi cycle, with his own new performing editions of L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d'Ulisse; the American premiere of Rameau's Zoroastre, and a series of Mozart operas including Abduction from the Seraglio, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, The Impresario, Il rè pastore, and Don Giovanni, the last of which was broadcast nationally on public radio. Martin Pearlman has recorded fourteen international releases with Boston Baroque for Telarc. Billboard wrote of his recording of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride: "A superb production [and] cause for celebration…takes pride of place among readings of Iphigénie en Tauride, if not among all Gluck operas on record." Opera News wrote: "…Pearlman gave the work an exquisite impetus, his sense of shape and timing superb…An excellent addition to Pearlman's roster of consistently fresh, illluminating interpretations of baroque and classical masterpieces."
Martin Pearlman's Kennedy Center debut with The Washington Opera in Handel's Semele was hailed by The Washington Post for his "beautifully calculated pacing" while The Washington Times saluted his direction as "wonderfully expressive…crisp and clearly stamped with his personal vision." Other recent conducting highlights include the Monteverdi Vespers with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa; and performances with the Utah Opera, Opera/Columbus, Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Springfield (MA) Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Mr. Pearlman was the first conductor from the period-instrument field to perform live on the internationally televised Grammy Awards show.
Martin Pearlman is Professor of Music and Director of Historical Performance Activities at the Boston University School of Music.