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date: 07 June 2020

Renz, Fredericklocked

  • Howard Schott
  • , revised by Sarah Eyerly


(b Buffalo, NY, July 27, 1940). American conductor, harpsichordist, and producer. He graduated from SUNY, Fredonia (1962), and Indiana University (MM in conducting 1964, MM in harpsichord 1966, Performer’s Certificate in Harpsichord, 1966, doctoral studies, 1967), and was awarded an honorary doctorate from SUNY, Fredonia, in 2002. As a Fulbright fellow, he studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam (1967–9). He has served as visiting professor and artistic consultant for the Fundacion del Estado para la Orquesta Nacional Juvenil in Venezuela, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Oklahoma, the Athens Festival, and the Tokyo Summer Festival. From 1969 to 1974, Renz was keyboardist for the New York Pro Musica ensemble. In 1974, he formed the Early Music Foundation, which provides services to the early music community in New York City and sponsors the performance entity Early Music New York (EM/NY). EM/NY is Artist in Residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and presents and records music of the twelfth through the eighteenth centuries, including historical dramatic and dance works. Renz conducts baroque and classical works with the EM/NY Orchestra of Original Instruments, which has appeared at Lincoln and Kennedy Centers and with soprano Renée Fleming. The ensemble’s staged medieval music dramas, such as ...

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