The Libero Canto Approach first came to New York City in 1990 when the
Orchestra of St. Luke’s invited Edvin Szamosi, son of the founder, to teach a month-
long course here. Mr. Szamosi returned every year for the next 18 years until his
retirement. Now there is a growing community of teachers and students in New
York who work with the Libero Canto Approach. We offer individual lessons as well
as introductory workshops, and our students are invited every year to participate in a
Members of the Libero Canto community also regularly give concerts. Most recently:
Kinga Cserjési and Deborah Carmichael have performed the Pergolesi Stabat Mater
in New York City, Vienna, and Florence; Kinga, Deborah, Marisa Michelson, and
Sara Serpa have performed a unique program of music by Claudio Monteverdi and
Béla Bartók in New York City and Amagansett, NY. We also produce an annual
series of house concerts, “Cozy Concerts,” for our colleagues and students.
Some of the basic principles of the Libero Canto Approach are:
Audience comments for our Monteverdi & Bartók program:
"There is something very special going on here. You all sang each phrase as if you
were saying something, and as if you meant it. There is a lot of integrity in this work.
It’s rare to hear this kind of music making."
- Jia Kim, cellist
"The sound was completely different from anything I’ve ever heard. Different and
- Ronn Yedidia, composer, pianist
Audience comments for our sacred program:
"I was struck by the seamless integration of the singing and the ensemble. Rather than
vocalists singing on top of the ensemble, the voices blended beautifully with the
instrumentalists, creating a more cohesive sound. The effortlessness and fluidity of
the singing allowed me to experience the musical moment with full awareness."
- Shannon Pelcher, student
"I felt increasingly, as the concert went on, that the whole space was singing."
- Lily Arbisser, soprano
March 2018 Pisa, Italy
"It was so moving. I have heard the Stabat Mater thousands of times, but I have
never felt it sung like this, because you sing with your soul, and that was so beautiful.
- Audience member
For more information, please visit www.liberocanto.org.
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