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The Chicago Tribune writes, “anything sung by soprano Tony Arnold is worth hearing.” Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold, powerful interpreter,” she is recognized internationally as a leading proponent of new music in concert and recording, praised for her sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. Ms. Arnold regularly collaborates with the most cutting-edge composers and instrumentalists on the world stage, receiving consistent critical accolades for a voice of beauty and warmth, an uncanny technical facility, sterling musicianship, and riveting stage presence. “Simply put, she is a rock-star in this genre” (Sequenza 21).

Tony Arnold is the soprano of the intrepid International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and with them has premiered over 25 new works written expressly for her voice. She sings with Ensemble Modern, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and has appeared in international festivals including Darmstadt (Germany), Cervantino (Mexico), Luzern (Switzerland), and Tongyeong (Korea). Ms. Arnold works closely with the most celebrated composers of our day, including George Crumb, György Kurtág, Georges Aperghis, David Lang. To date, Ms. Arnold has premiered over 200 new works for voice. She has more than two-dozen recordings to her credit on labels including Naxos, Mode, New Focus, and a 2006 Grammy Nominated recording of Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children on Bridge Records.

In 2001, Tony Arnold (together with her long-time collaborator, pianist Jacob Greenberg) was the first-prize laureate of both the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition (NL) and the Louise McMahon International Music Competition (USA). As professor of music since 2003 at the University at Buffalo, as the 2009 Howard Hanson Distinguished Professor at the Eastman School, and as artist-in residence at over thirty universities worldwide, Ms. Arnold is deeply committed to passing on her experience and enthusiasm for new music to future generations. Read more about Tony Arnold at www.screecher.com