Praised by the New York Times for his "clear voice and attractive timbre," San Francisco Classical Voice for the "heart at the core of his soulful sound," and Classical Voice of North Carolina for his “lovely, supple and crystal clear” voice, Grammy Award Winner Ian Howell sings with a warm and seamless tone rarely heard from countertenors. In 2006, Mr. Howell won First Prize at The American Bach Soloists International Solo Competition with an acclaimed performance of Bach's Cantata BWV 170, Vergnügte Ruh, and Third Prize at the Oratorio Society of New York's Vocal Competition. Ian Howell's début solo CD, 1685 and the Art of Ian Howell with The American Bach Soloists was released in March 2009 and features repertory by Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, and Handel. He can also be heard with the all male chamber choir Chanticleer on one DVD and eight CDs, including the GRAMMY AWARD winning Lamentations and Praises and the GRAMMY nominated Our American Journey.
Mr. Howell’s 2010-11 season includes performances with Seattle Baroque (Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater), Chatham Baroque (Bach’s St. John Passion), The American Bach Soloists (music of Purcell and Handel), St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City (Handel’s Jephtha (Hamor)) under the direction of Ken Tritle, the U.C. Davis Choirs (Bernstein Missa Brevis and Chichester Psalms), and a commercial recording of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Chatham Baroque.
In his 2009-2010 season, Mr. Howell débuted with Canada’s Orchestra London as Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare. He also appeared as guest soloist at the Ravinia Festival (Beginner's Ear), with The Handel Choir of Baltimore (Messiah), The Hudson Valley Singers (Handel's Susanna - Joacim), Chatham Baroque (Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and J.C. Bach's Lamento), Musica Angelica (Bach St. John Passion), and in recital with the Columbus Guitar Society in Ohio. This season he returns for performances with The American Bach Soloists (Messiah) and The Staunton Music Festival.
Mr. Howell has appeared with ensembles and orchestras across the USA and Canada, including The American Bach Soloists, The Oratorio Society of New York, Musica Sacra, The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Berkshire Choral Festival, The Princeton Glee Club, Tableau Baroque, and The Choir of St Thomas Fifth Ave (NYC).
Ian Howell holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice conferred jointly by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Yale School of Music.
This appearance marks Mr. Howell’s début with Florentine Opera.