Montréal (Québec), 1974
Performer (ensemble)

Artistic Director: Christopher Jackson

Founded in 1974, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) is essentially dedicated to the performance of works for medium to large ensembles both sacred and secular, composed before 1750. The group’s mastery of vocal styles that characterise this specialised repertory, and its use of historically authentic instruments have earned it the excellent reputation it deserves at the heart of a great international revival of music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Christopher Jackson, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Studio since 1988, is a specialist of Renaissance vocal polyphony and Baroque works for voice and orchestra. He has conducted SMAM’s performances of the great choral and vocal compositions from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries while actively pursuing his career as an organist, harpsichordist and choral conductor in Canada, France, Belgium, and Spain. One of his recent accomplishments was to direct Monteverdi’s Orfeo on tour in several French cities. Jackson is also Dean of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal.

This year, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since its foundation, the Studio has earned distinction for its research activities and historically authentic performance practice, as well as for the discipline and excellence of its performances. The ensemble’s 1999-2000 season featuring canonical works from the vast Renaissance and Baroque vocal repertory included several notable moments, notable the performance of one of the Studio’s brilliant standbys, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary for soloists, choir, and orchestra.