Matthew White | Artistic Director

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Before joining Early Music Vancouver as Artistic Director at the beginning of the 2013-14 Season, Matthew White gained international acclaim as one of Canada’s leading countertenors, and as the founding director of the Quebec-based ensemble Les Voix Baroques. Matthew White was born in 1973 and began singing as a treble with St. Matthew’s Men and Boys Choir in Ottawa, Canada.

Operatic engagements included work with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Atelier, and Pacific Opera Victoria among others.

On the concert stage he worked with groups including Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Collegium Vocale Ghent (Phillipe Herrewheghe, Marcus Creed, H.C Rademann), Le Concert Spirituel (Hervé Niquet), Nederlands BachVereniging (Jos van Veldhoven), Arsys Bourgogne (Pierre Cao), Tafelmusik (Jeanne Lamon, Yvars Taurins), Les Violons du Roy (Bernard Labadie), Ensemble Arion, Portland Baroque Orchestra (Monica Huggett), Concerto Palatino (Bruce Dickey), the New York Collegium (Andrew Parrott), Le Parlement de Musique (Martin Gester), Oregon Bach Festival (Helmuth Rilling, John Nelson), Carmel Bach Festival (Bruno Weil), Capella Brugensis (Patrick Peire), Israel Camerata, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Calgary Symphony, Edmonton Symphony and Portland Symphony. He has a appeared at the Vancouver, Boston, Brugges, Ambronay, Regensburg, Stift Melk and Utrecht Early Music Festivals.

In addition to his current work with EMV, Matthew is the programming director for Montreal’s Les Voix Baroques and is an artistic consultant for the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. He is both a Juno and Grammy nominated artist and has recorded for Analekta, Atma, Channel Classics, CBC records, ASV, BIS, Naxos, Glossa, and Harmonia Mundi.


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Sarah Ballantyne completed a Bachelor of Music, Performance, degree at McGill University’s Faculty of Music, in Montreal, in 1986. She subsequently entered into a Graduate Diploma programme in Arts Administration at Concordia University. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, she moved to Vancouver in 1989 to pursue her career in Arts Management.

She quickly joined the team of the Vancouver Cultural Alliance (later, the Alliance for Arts & Culture) to develop the Skillsbank (a programme joining business professionals with the arts community).

In 1991, Sarah Ballantyne was recruited to join the staff of Early Music Vancouver, where she has been responsible for many of the organisation’s successes during her tenure – first as Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator, and for more than ten years has served as Associate and then Managing Director. Ms. Ballantyne has been instrumental in facilitating the growth of Early Music Vancouver, both in terms of programming activity and staffing, and she continues to widen the responsibilities and duties of the Managing Director.

Sarah Ballantyne served for many years of the Board of the New Orchestra Workshop Society, and was a long-standing volunteer of the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, and is currently the President of the Vancouver Independent Music Centre Society. She intends to return to a more active volunteer schedule as her two children (aged 9 and 14) become more independent.