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For over twenty years, soprano Susan Narucki has enjoyed extraordinary collaborations and has earned special recognition as a champion of the music of our time.  Her recent appearances include works of Carter with James Levine and MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Stravinsky’s Les Noces  with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, works of Grisey with the Orchestra of Radio France at the Cite de la Musique and Vivier’s Trois Airs  with Reinbert de Leeuw and the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.   Her portrayal of “Mama” in  Carter’s What Next? (directed by Christopher Alden) was praised by the New York Times as “compelling and luminous”.

Ms Narucki is a frequent soloist with major orchestras, (including Cleveland Orchestra with Pierre Boulez, the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas) and with contemporary music ensembles across the globe.  A distinguished chamber musician, she has been a guest with the Brentano String Quartet, the Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ojai, Aspen, Yellow Barn, Santa Fe and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals.

Her longtime interest in bringing modern music to audiences outside the concert hall was brought to life in  Chance Encounter  which she co-conceived with composer Lisa Bielawa.  Narucki and The Knights presented the world premiere of the work, to be performed in public spaces, in 2007, with subsequent performances at the Whitney Museum of Art. 

Susan Narucki earned Grammy and Cannes awards for works of George Crumb and a Grammy nomination ( Best Classical Vocal Performance)  for Elliott Carter’s Tempo e Tempi, all on Bridge Records. Her extensive discography includes operas of Louis Andriessen on Nonesuch  and the Netherlands Opera production of Claude Vivier's Rêves D'un Marco Polo on Opus Arte DVD.  Her most recent release of songs of Charles Ives with pianist Donald Berman on New World was an Editor’s Choice of BBC Music Magazine.   Ms. Narucki is Professor of Music at  UC San Diego where she directs the ensemble kallisti. www.susannarucki.net

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