The American harpsichordist, Jory Vinikour, was born Chicago, andhas been living in Paris since 1990, where he studied on a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. First prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public’s attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series such as Besançon Festival, Deauville, Monaco (Semaine de la Musique Baroque), Cleveland Museum of Art, Miami Bach Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Weill Recital Hall, etc.
A concerto soloist with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Nyman, Jory Vinikour has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Flanders Opera Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Philharmonic of Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and Moscow Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Armin Jordan, Marc Minkowski, Constantine Orbelian, John Nelson, and Fabio Luisi. He performs (on a restored Pleyel harpsichord) in a recording of Frank Martin’s Petite symphonie concertante with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under the direction of Armin Jordan (Suisse Romande, 2005), and also performed the Harpsichord Concerto by the same composer with the MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus under the direction of Martin Haselböck in January of 2003.
Jory Vinikour gave his New York debut recital at Weill (Carnegie Hall) Recital Hall (New York) in November, 2005. This recital featured a world premiere by award-winning composer Harold Meltzer, commissioned by Brandon Fradd. He performed as soloist with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under the leadership of Gordan Nikolik at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in December of 2005. In 2007, he will perform a recital of J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel for Music before 1800 (New York), direct a European concert tour with renown counter-tenor David Daniels, direct and perform with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in Los Angeles, and appear as soloist with L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Marek Janowski) and Cape Town Philharmonic.
Jory Vinikour teaches harpsichord at the Austrian Baroque Academy (Gmunden).