Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold and powerful interpreter,” Tony Arnold 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. Since becoming the first-prize laureate of the both the 2001 Gaudeamus International Competition (NL) and the 2001 Louise D. McMahon Competition (USA), Ms. Arnold has collaborated 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. Her appearances with US ensembles include Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble 21, eighth blackbird, Contempo, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York New Music Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Fulcrum Point, and many others. She has toured the US extensively as a member of the George Crumb Ensemble.

A frequent guest artist at international festivals on four continents, Tony Arnold was featured at the 2008 Darmstadt International Music Festival, the premier contemporary music venue of Europe. This year, she returns to the Cervantino Festival (Mexico) in music of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. With violin virtuoso Movses Pogossian, she has taken György Kurtág’s monumental Kafka Fragments to more than 40 venues across the world, including the Tongyeong International Music Festival (Korea), and the Perspectives XXI Festival (Armenia). Every summer, Ms. Arnold sings and teaches at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy. In 2014, she will return to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to premiere a new work by Australian composer Brett Dean, commissioned by the festival for Ms. Arnold and the Orion String Quartet.

Tony Arnold is one of the most recorded singers of contemporary music. Her recording of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children (Bridge) was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.

Ms. Arnold is an active participant in the creation and commissioning of new music from both established and emerging composers. Recent premieres have included works by Georges Aperghis, David Lang, Philippe Manoury, Pamela Madsen, Fredrick Gifford, David Liptak, Christopher Theofanidis, Gabriela Frank, and David Gompper. In 2009, Ms. Arnold was the first performer ever invited to be the Howard Hanson Distinguished Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music. Since 2003 she has served on the faculty of the University at Buffalo, where she founded the extended vocal techniques ensemble, BABEL. She is regularly engaged to teach masterclasses for composers, singers, and instrumentalists in universities worldwide.

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