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Kyle Guilfoyle (Counter-tenor)

Born: Canada

The Cansdian counter-tenor, Kyle Guilfoyle, began as a boy soprano at age 13 in the Children’s Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral in Toronto. This experience sparked his love of music and he started singing in earnest at 19. He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Early Music and Voice Performance from McGill University's Schulich School of Music (2007-2012); and his Master of Music degree in Voice from the University of Toronto (2012-2014), where he studied with counter-tenor Daniel Taylor. He also studied with soprano Nancy Argenta whilst on a leave of absence from his Master of Music at the University of Toronto. The recipient of numerous awards, recent achievements include the Copeland Fellowship, the David and Marcia Beach Summer Study award (University of Toronto), and the NRS award (Victoria Conservatory of Music).

Kyle Guilfoyle has worked as counter-tenor freelance musician since April 2008. He has run the gamut of sacred and secular oratorio having performed with groups such as the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists Academy, Ensemble Caprice, Seventeen Voyces of Ottawa, and the Theatre of Early Music (with whom he has toured England twice). He has worked with world-renowned conductors such as Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn, Jeffrey Thomas, Julian Wachner, Nicholas McGegan and Daniel Taylor. Comfortable with contemporary and Baroque works alike, he has been a featured soloist in works by contemporary composers such as Nico Muhly, Sofia Gubaidulina (Schulich Singers), and Arvo Pärt.

Kyle Guilfoyle made his opera debut in Opera McGill’s 2012 production of L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Last season (2012-2013), he performed in the Univesity of Toronto Opera Division’s pastiche production called ‘Songs of love and War’ directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Kevin Mallon, and performed in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the world-renowned Britten-Pears Young artist Programme in Aldeburgh, UK.

In Easter 2014, Kyle Guilfoyle was a featured soloist on a disc released by Analekta featuring German Baroque composers such as Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Kuhnau. Recent engagements include a return to the studio with the Theatre of Early Music for the Heinrich Schütz' Requiem and a performance of J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) in Victoria.

Source: Kyle Guilfoyle profile on LinkedIn; Festival Programme - Tilford Bach Society (May 2013); Festival Programme - Pacific Baroque Festival Victoria Canada (March 2014)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Daniel Taylor


Member of Schola Cantorum, Toronto:
C-7 (2014):
BWV 165

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Kyle Guilfoyle on LinkedIn


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