About EMV

All art exists on a continuum. Looking back, we can see paths form and lines connecting the many disparate elements. Early Music Vancouver (EMV) is an organization that reaches back into this history and casts beautifully preserved antiquities in fresh light. By preserving and presenting this music with the instruments and traditions intended, Early Music Vancouver fosters an understanding and appreciation of these unique moments in time. This mission is carried out through a vast range of initiatives and programs – whether it is presenting concerts, providing instruction, hosting lectures, or preserving instruments themselves, our organization’s dedication and passion rings out in everything we do. Early Music Vancouver brings light and life to artistic treasures that could otherwise be all too easily lost. It has a Main Season that runs through the Fall, Winter and Spring and an annual, three-week-long summer festival and educational program based at UBC. It is one of the most active presenting organisations in the city of Vancouver.


A world where every individual values the creation and sharing of art


To engage, enrich and educate through music

Our Values

We promote historically informed performance practices.
We deliver inspirational experiences.
We foster collaborative relationships.
We apply professional standards to everything that we do.

Short History

Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2015, EMV has a long-standing reputation for the presentation, production and study of Western classical repertoires in an historical context. It offers one of the most ambitious programs of its type in North America, presenting and producing an average of 25-30 concerts per year featuring internationally-renowned local and guest artists.

Some Key Milestones:

• In 1979, José Verstappen becomes manager of Early Music Vancouver.

• The realization of EMV’s first staged opera productions, Monteverdi’s Orfeo in 2000 and Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea in 2003. Both performances were critical successes in the international press, and were followed by many other annual large-scale and successful summer festival productions.

• The educational activities of our Vancouver Early Music Programme, launched in the mid-1970s, have had a major impact on the growth of both the local and the international early music scene.

• In 2011/2012 EMV transitioned from a single to a dual management model with the creation of two equal management positions, an artistic director (José Verstappen) and managing director (Sarah Ballantyne)

• In September 2013, the organization hired long-time collaborator Matthew White as the artistic director to replace José Verstappen, who retired after 35 years with the organization. Tim Rendell came on as managing director in the fall of 2014.