DAVID KURTENBACH (tenor) is engaged regularly with leading early- and contemporary-music ensembles throughout the Bay Area and North America. He has appeared as soloist with Apollo’s Fire, Volti, Artists’ Vocal Ensemble (AVE), Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Symphony Chorus, Schola Cantorum, and Pacific Mozart Ensemble, and has shared the stage with early-music ensembles Magnificat, American Bach Soloists, and the Marion Verbruggen Trio. He has performed at the Tanglewood, Ojai, Berkeley, and Oregon Bach summer festivals, and recorded for Innova/Naxos, Koch International, and Soli Deo Gloria. Mr Kurtenbach has premiered vocal works from composers David Lang, Kurt Rohde, Kirke Mechem, Dave Brubeck, and Meredith Monk among others, but his work also focuses on ancient sacred music, having served as Chant Scholar and Cantor as part of the Quartet in Residence at the French National Church in San Francisco. He is currently a member of the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
Active also as a conductor and teacher, Mr Kurtenbach served for nine years as conductor of the chorus, assistant music director, and pre-performance lecturer at Festival Opera, receiving critical acclaim for new productions of Susannah, Aida, andTurandot. He currently teaches vocal technique and music theory at Cathedral School for Boys and San Francisco Choral Society, and is appointed Chorus Master at Opera San Jose.
Mr Kurtenbach holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Conducting from Oberlin, where he has since lectured in choral conducting and vocal accompanying, assisted Jeannette Sorrell in a production of Handel’s Alcina, and mounted a production of Viktor Ullmann's Holocaust chamber opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis.