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Elam Rotem receives the Laurette Goldberg Award from Early Music America!

Congratulations to Elam Rotem, founder of Profeti della Quinta, for his selection as the 2021 recipient of Early Music America's Laurette Goldberg Award for achievement in early music outreach in recognition of his work as the founder of Early Music Sources.

About Elam Rotem

Dr. Elam Rotem is a harpsichordist, composer, and singer. He is the founder and director of Profeti della Quinta. He specialized in historical performance practice at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, and graduated with a master’s degree in continuo playing and another in improvisation and composition. In 2016, he finished his PhD thesis with distinction (“Early Basso Continuo Practice: Implicit Evidence in the Music of Emilio de’ Cavalieri”), within a collaborative program between the Schola Cantorum in Basel and the University of Würzburg. Rotem’s musical compositions, written in the musical language of the early 17th century, were recorded and published, and are regularly performed around the world.

About Early Music Sources

As the EMA nomination quoted, Early Music Sources is “one of the most extraordinary resources for research into performance practices of early music and which is regularly touted as a crucial teaching resource by musicologists and teachers across the United States."

About Profeti della Quinta

Ensemble Profeti della Quinta focuses on the vocal repertoire of the 16th and early 17th centuries. They create vivid and expressive performances for audiences today while considering period performance practices. From its core of five male singers, the ensemble collaborates regularly with instrumentalists and guest singers. Their programmes range from explorations of the Italian madrigal to seldom-heard Jewish sacred music and more.

About the Laurette Goldberg Award

Named for teacher, performer, author, and musical innovator Laurette Goldberg (1932-2005), this award recognizes ongoing, outstanding achievement in educational or outreach endeavours by individual performers, teaching artists, or ensembles.

With the Laurette Goldberg Award, EMA celebrates work that draws new audiences or practitioners, or engages such communities in a new manner; that achieves remarkable breadth or depth of reach, seen in numbers of people engaged or in hours of engagement; and that stands to leave a lasting mark on the historical performance field, by transforming the communities served or by modelling practices that can be replicated and developed by others in the profession.

To read the full press release from EMA, click here.

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