Contralto Kirsten Sollek has been called “a true contralto” (The New York Times) with an “elemental tone quality” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Appearances include Bach’s Magnificat, Musica Angelica Baroque; Mary Cleophas in Handel’s Resurrezione, Helicon; Mahler’s Third Symphony, MSU Symphony Orchestra; Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space; Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, The Death Knight in Amy Beth Kirsten’s Quixote; The Dying Cow in Lisa Bielawa’s serial TV opera, Vireo; and Handel’s Messiah, Bach Collegium Japan, Kansas City Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra. Very active in contemporary music, Sollek has worked extensively with John Zorn, premiering his music in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Israel. She is a regular collaborator with Alarm Will Sound and Ensemble Signal, performing and recording the works of Steve Reich with both groups. Recent engagements include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, York Symphony; music by John Zorn, National Sawdust; Art Institute of Chicago; the Frick Collection; the Guggenheim; JazzFest in Sarajevo; and Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus, Planetario Galileo Galilei (Buenos Aires).