Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal
Praised for its “rich-textured, vibrant sound” and “hypnotic beauty”, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) has established a reputation as Montréal’s finest early music vocal ensemble. Composed of 10 to 13 singers chosen for the remarkable clarity and purity of their voices, the choir is often accompanied by period instruments to perform Renaissance and Baroque choral masterpieces.
Founded in 1974 by the late Christopher Jackson, and today conducted by Artistic Director Andrew McAnerney, SMAM has brought more than 900 Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces before the public. Budding from Montréal’s fertile early music scene in the early 1970s, the Studio was a pioneer ensemble in the North American period music movement. SMAM’s concert series is a highlight of Montréal’s artistic landscape and an integral part of the city’s lively Baroque scene.
Acclaimed for his early music interpretations, Andrew McAnerney has directed the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal since 2015. A former member of the Tallis Scholars, Andrew’s career has included music making in over 20 countries with many of the world’s foremost early music ensembles.