Based in: New York, New York. LA Opera: "prism" (2018, debut).
Grammy-nominated interpreters of both early and new music, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street has redefined the realm of 21st-century vocal music, breaking new ground with an artistry described as “blazing with vigour…a choir from heaven” (The Times, London). This premier ensemble, under the direction of Julian Wachner, can be heard in New York City and around the world in performances described as “thrilling” (The New Yorker), “musically top-notch” (The Wall Street Journal), and “simply superb” (The New York Times).
The choir leads liturgical music on Sundays at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, while performing in Bach + One, Compline by Candlelight, Time’s Arrow, and many other concerts and festivals throughout the year, often with Novus NY, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and the Trinity Youth Chorus. The choir anchors Trinity’s critically acclaimed annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, which The New York Times declares to be “the best Messiah in New York.”
The choir has toured extensively throughout the United States, making appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Shed at Hudson Yards, the Kennedy Center, REDCAT in Los Angeles, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, and the Prototype Festival, among others. Increasingly in-demand internationally, the choir has also performed in recent seasons at Montreal’s Salle Bourgie, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Norway’s Stavanger Cathedral, and London’s Barbican Theatre. Performance partners have included Bang on a Can All-Stars, the New York Philharmonic, and the Rolling Stones. The choir was featured in the 150 Psalms Project, performing at the Utrecht Early Music Festival and Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.
In addition to its Grammy-nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street has released recordings on Naxos, Musica Omnia, VIA Recordings, ARSIS, Avie Records, Acis, Broadway Records, Cantaloupe Music, Decca Gold, and Philip Glass’s Orange Mountain Music, which recently released Trinity’s monumental performance of his Symphony No. 5. Prominently evidenced by this discography is Trinity’s long-term commitment to new music, which has led to many collaborations with living composers including Ellen Reid, Du Yun, Paola Prestini, Ralf Gawlick, Elena Ruehr, and Julia Wolfe, whose 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning and Grammy-nominated work, Anthracite Fields, was recorded with the choir. Along with NOVUS NY and conducted by Wachner, the choir also collaborated on and recorded two Pulitzer Prize-winning operas: Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone and Ellen Reid’s "p r i s m."