Peter Schubert

Peter SchubertAvant son arrivée à Montréal, Peter Schubert a fondé et dirigé à New York l'Uptown Opera et les New Calliope Singers, ces derniers étant reconnus pour privilégier la musique moderne. Cet ensemble vocal a créé plus de 50 oeuvres et enregistré un disque compact intitulé «New Cantatas and Madrigals» (CRI 638) salué par les critiques.

Depuis 1991, Peter Schubert dirige les très réputés Chanteurs d'Orphée de Montréal. Sous sa direction, cet ensemble a été finaliste quatre fois au Concours national des choeurs d'amateurs de CBC/Radio-Canada. L'ensemble a remporté le premier prix en 1996. Les Chanteurs d'Orphée ont présenté plusieurs créations d'oeuvres canadiennes et participé à l'enregistrement d'un disque compact des oeuvres musicales de Friedrich Nietzsche (Les Disques Albany). Peter Schubert a étudié la direction d'orchestre avec Nadia Boulanger, Helmuth Rilling, Jacques- Louis Monod et David Gilbert. Il a été l'assistant de Gregg Smith. Il a publié un recueil de noëls de la Renaissance et cinq arrangements innovateurs de chants de Noël (Éditions C.F. Peters).

Actuellement professeur à l'école de musique Schulich de l'université McGill, il a écrit deux manuels uniques et tenus en haute estime, Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style (Oxford University Press, 1999) et Baroque Counterpoint (Prentice-Hall, 2006, avec Christoph Neidhöfer).

Peter Schubert came to Montreal from New York City, where he founded and directed Opera Uptown and The New Calliope Singers, a group renowned for its commitment to modern music during its fifteen-year career. That group presented over fifty premieres and released a critically acclaimed CD entitled "New Cantatas and Madrigals."

Since 1991, he has conducted the highly respected Montreal-based group, The Orpheus Singers. Under his direction, the group has placed as a finalist in the CBC's biennial national Competition for Amateur Choruses four times, winning first prize in the chamber chorus category and second prize in the contemporary category twice. The Orpheus Singers has presented premieres of several new Canadian works and participated in a CD of the musical compositions of Freidrich Nietzsche. Schubert directs the professional group Viva Voce, who released The Complete Magnificats of Pierre de la Rue on the Naxos label in 2007.

Peter Schubert studied conducting with Nadia Boulanger, Helmuth Rilling, Jacques-Louis Monod and David Gilbert and has been assistant to Gregg Smith. He has published an edition of Renaissance Noels as well as his own innovative arrangements of five popular Christmas carols with C.F. Peters.

Schubert holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University. Currently an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, he is the author of two groundbreaking and highly regarded textbooks, Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style (Oxford University Press, 1999, 2007) and, with co-author C. Neidhöfer, Baroque Counterpoint (Prentice-Hall, 2006).