Celebrated as a “luminary in the world of chamber music and art song” (The Huffington Post), Tony Arnold is internationally acclaimed as a leading proponent of contemporary music in concert and on recordings. She’s been hailed as a “convincing, mesmerizing soprano” (Los Angeles Times) who “has a broader gift for conveying the poetry and nuance behind outwardly daunting contemporary scores” (The Boston Globe).
Ms. Arnold’s unique blend of vocal virtuosity and communicative warmth, combined with wide-ranging skills in education and leadership, was recognized with the 2015 Brandeis Creative Arts Award, given in appreciation of “excellence in the arts and the lives and works of distinguished, active American artists.” Her extensive chamber music repertoire includes major works written for her voice by Georges Aperghis, George Crumb, Brett Dean, Jason Eckardt, Gabriela Lena Frank, Josh Levine, George Lewis, Philippe Manoury, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Christopher Theofanidis, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and many other composers. She’s a member of the intrepid International Contemporary Ensemble, and she enjoys regular guest appearances with leading ensembles, presenters, and festivals around the world.
With more than 30 discs to her credit, Ms. Arnold has recorded a broad segment of the modern vocal repertoire with esteemed chamber music colleagues. Her recording of George Crumb’s iconic Ancient Voices of Children for Bridge Records was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.
Tony Arnold is a first-prize laureate of both the Gaudemus International Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music and the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition. She’s a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University, and she was a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival twice, as both a conductor and a singer. Ms. Arnold was the 2015–16 Kunkemueller Artist-in-Residence at the Boston Conservatory, and she currently serves on the faculty of the Peabody Institute and the Tanglewood Music Center.