The American music director and bass-baritone Ian Pomerantz (Hebrew name: îůä éůřŕě áď ň÷éáŕ), studied at High School in the Community in New Haven, Connecticut. He studied at ACES Educational Center for the Arts (2000-2004), and was Apprentice at Connecticut Free Shakespeare (2003-2006). He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College (2008); his Master of Music degree in Voice from Longy School of Music of Bard College (2012); and is completing a doctorate in Voice Performance focused on French Baroque repertoire at the Hartt School of Music, with additional study in France (expected 2019). In addition, he was Young Artist and Teaching Fellow at Atlantic Music Festival (2011).
Ian Pomerantz’s "rich bass-baritone voice" is "especially remarkable, with gravity turning mellifluous at key moments, free of any hint of false inflation.” Praised for his versitility, he is“the possessor of an instrument naturally at home in many genres,- in opera, in recital, and in oratorio.” He is a specialist in the French Baroque vocal repertoire, and is the co-founder and artistic director of Les Enfants d’Orphée, an ensemble dedicated to bringing the music of the French Baroque to North American audiences.
To begin his 2016-2017 season, Ian Pomerantz gave the North American premiere of Philippe Courbois’ Orphée, and revived Boismortier’s Automne with harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, for which the Boston Music Intelligencer said the two “radiated with investment and artistic attitude.” With Les Enfants, he is also reviving cantatas by Clérambault as a part of the John Kleshinsky Concert Series in Boston. A performance of Charpentier’s In Nativitatem N.S.J.C. Canticum brings him to New York City’s Baroque stages in December, and he is excited to join the Grammy Award-winning Boston Early Music festival in the North American premiere of Campra’s opera Le Carnival de Venise.
As a scholar of Jewish music, Ian Pomerantz joined Boston’s Cantata Singers at Jordan Hall as the guest soloist in Yehudi Wyner’s Torah Service, and collaborated in Orchestra of New Spain’s groundbreaking program The Triangle of Al-Andalus. In the 2017-2018 season, he joins Opera Connecticut as a Resident Artist in their season's productions. He will direct a revival Louis Saladin’s Canticum Hebraïcum of the 1680’s in a collaboration with Les Enfants and Boston, and joins Byron Schenkman and Friends as a guest soloist in reviving George Frideric Handel’s cantatas for bass voice. He got married on June 15, 2014 and currently lives in Lyon, France.