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Praised for his "powerful baritone and impressive vocal range" (Boston Music Intelligencer) and as a "musicianly, smooth vocalist, capable in divisions" (Opera News Online), bass-baritone and hurdy-gurdyist Andrew Padgett is an accomplished interpreter of both baroque and medieval vocal and instrumental music. He has collaborated with several early music luminaries, and has been featured as a soloist in concert venues worldwide. Notable performances include his 2013 appearance as the bass soloist in Bach's Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, and his 2014 appearances at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, NYC as Harapha in Handel's Samson (HWV 57) under the direction of Nicholas McGegan and as the bass soloist in Bach's Johannespassion (BWV 245), directed by Masaaki Suzuki. This summer he was also the bass soloist for the Dartmouth Handel Society's performance of Bach's Magnificat in D (BWV 243) and Dvořák's Stabat Mater (Op. 58), directed by Robert Duff.

As an avid performer of medieval and Renaissance music, both as a vocalist and hurdy-gurdy player, Andrew has had the opportunity to study and perform with leading experts in the field. In 2012 he worked with Susan Hellauer, a founding member of Anonymous 4, on a performance based on the plainchant First Vespers for Christmas with polyphonic selections from the Las Huelgas Codex. In the summer of 2013 he attended Early Music Vancouver’s Mediaeval Programme, where he worked with members of the medieval music ensemble Sequentia and its founder, Benjamin Bagby, on a performance entitled The Unknown “Carmina Burana”, featuring 12th-century music from the collection of medieval songs now known as the Carmina Burana. In 2015 Andrew performed a series of concerts with The Thirteen featuring a broad selection of Franco-Flemish polyphony, followed by several 2016-2017 performances with TENET, featuring songs in the 14th-century ars nova and ars subtilior traditions and the 15th-century Burgundian School.

Andrew holds a B.S. in physics, an M.M. in voice from UC Santa Barbara, and an M.M. in Early Music, Oratorio, and Chamber Ensemble at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied under tenor James Taylor, and was a member of the internationally-acclaimed Yale Schola Cantorum. He is based in New York City, where he sings with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of Daniel Hyde.

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