Paul Douglas Hillier (b.
February 9, 1949), was born in Dorchester, England. He is an active conductor, director, and singer ( baritone). He specializes in early musicand contemporary art music, especially that of composers Steve Reichand Arvo Pärt. Hillier studied at Guildhall School of Music, and later became a vicar-scholar at St Paul's Cathedral, London, where he started his professional career. Hillier had his concert debut in 1974 in London's Purcell Room.
*In 1974 year he co-founded The
Hilliard Ensemblealong with fellow vicar-scholar Paul Elliott, and David James, who probably knew Elliott when they were both at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was for a period the group's musical director, until he left, around 1989.
*In 1989 he founded
Theatre of Voices(spelled Theater in US releases), which records on the Harmonia Mundithe french label. With this group he explores more contemporary repertoire.
*When Hillier became the director of the Early Music Institute at the Indiana University School of Music he became director of The Pro Arte Singers, who put out a couple of recordings with Theatre of Voices. He was director until he left the Institute in 2003.
*In 2001 Hillier became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir(EPCC). [http://www.epcc.ee/html/index.html]
*Since 2003 he has been Chief Conducter of Ars Nova Copenhagen.
*In 2008 he was appointed as new artistic director and chief conductor of the
National Chamber Choir of Ireland.
Hillier has also recorded a number of solo albums, some with harpist
Andrew Lawrence-King. He has recorded under the harmonia mundi, ECM, EMI, Finlandia, and Hyperion labels.
Hillier has had numerous academic appointments over the years, starting in 1980, and most recently as director of
Indiana University Bloomington's [http://www.music.indiana.edu/som/emi/ Early Music Institute] , but has always returned to performance.
*"The Catch Book" (2005), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-343649-3, a collection of catches, or comic rounds edited by Hillier.
*"A Josquin Anthology" (2005), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-353218-2, a collection of choral pieces by the notable Renaissance composer, edited by
Ross Duffinand Hillier.
*"Writing on Music, 1965-2000" (2002),
Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-511171-0, a collection of writings by Steve Reich, edited by Hillier.
Arvo Pärt" (1997), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-816616-8, The only English-language biography of the famed Estonian composer.
*"English Romantic Partsongs" (1986), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-343650-7, a collection of songs edited by Hillier.
*"300 Years of English Partsongs: Glees, Rounds, Catches, Partsongs 1600-1900" (1983),
Faber & Faber, ISBN 0-571-10045-7, a collection of music edited by Hillier.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
* [http://www.paulhillier.net/ Paul Hillier official site]
* [http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Hillier-Paul.htm Paul Hillier on Bach-Cantatas]
* [http://www.harmoniamundi.com/usa/artistes_fiche.php?artist_id=52 Paul Hillier on harmonia mundi]
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DATE OF BIRTH=
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