"Howell possesses a light instrument, yet it has resonance in the upper register and is well-tuned, with a lovely, mellow, almost meditative quality. He is smooth and even throughout his registers, and musical in his phrasing, showing an affinity for legato and emotions of the plaintive and gentle variety. He never oversings or forces… Technically, he was flawless, as several perfectly executed trills showed…. He sang passionately in “Cara sposa,” from Rinaldo… The encore, “Ombra mai fu” from Serse, was marvelous — spacious, and lovingly phrased… Ian Howell is moving up in the ranks, and certainly his artistry demands further hearings."
-San Francisco Classical Voice

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Recent News

Web launch of Tableau Baroque: Handel's Inheriance updated 9/2/08

Iconic composers are not born great; they are the synthesis of everything they have heard, learned, and experienced and their music is a reflection of their world as they knew it. Thus it was for George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), a composer best known for the Italian Operas and English Oratorios that comprised the bulk of his mature output. But what about young Handel? What music would have been playing in the courts and chapels of his youth? What about the music of his teachers? What innovations did Handel borrow, and what new musical ideas did he unleash upon the world?

Join Ian Howell and Tableau Baroque in the Spring of 2009 for a concert exploring the sonic landscape of Handel's formative years.  

We are proud to launch a new website promoting these concerts.

Debut Solo CD with The American Bach Soloists updated 4/28/08

Ian Howell joined conductor Jeffrey Thomas and The American Bach Soloists April 23rd-26th to record a CD of beautiful baroque music. Repertory includes: Bach's Cantata 170 Vergnügte Ruh, Domenico Scarlatti's Cantata Salve Regina, and Handel opera and oratorio arias from Saul (O Lord whose mercies numberless), Giulio Cesare (Al lampo dell'armi), Orlando (Fammi combattere & Orlando's Mad Scene), Rinaldo (Cara sposa), and Serse (Ombra mai fu). We are planning on a December release. The CD, "1685 and the Art of Ian Howell," will be available for purchase online and in stores, and available for download from iTunes and Magnamusic. Stay tuned for more information.

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Live Radio Interview posted 4/28/08

Ian Howell was interviewed on-air April 21st by Jeffrey Callison for KXJZ Capital Public Radio's program Insight.
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Premiere of Songs by Pablo Ortiz posted 4/18/08

Ian Howell premiered a set of three songs written by Argentinian born composer Pablo Ortiz during a concert at UC Davis in Davis, CA. Russ Irwin commissioned these pieces for me to texts by the Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos. Listen to a live recording of the second movement, Elegia, by clicking here.

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Article in the Marin Independent Journal posted 4/18/08

In anticipation of his debut with the American Bach Soloists, Ian Howell was interviewed for an article in the Marin Independent Journal.

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PBO Bach cantatas concert review

Ian Howell was mentioned in The Oregonian in a review of his February 17th performance with the Portland Baroque Orchestra

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Beginner's Ear

Ian Howell's recital program Beginner's Ear was previewed in a full page article in the New Haven Advocate, written by Daniel Stephen Johnson.

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New York Times Review

Ian Howell received a mention in the New York Times for his December 19th Carnegie Hall performance of Messiah with Music Sacra.

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Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium Debut

Ian Howell stepped in for an indisposed David Walker to sing three performances of Messiah in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. Kent Tritle conducted the first performance (12/18/08) with The Oratorio Society of New York and the following two performances (12/19, 21/08) with Music Sacra.

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