TENET, soprano and artistic director

Jolle Greenleaf, TENET artistic director and soprano

Soprano Jolle Greenleaf is one of today’s foremost figures in the field of early music. Balancing a career as a leading soloist and an innovative impressaria, she is in great demand as a guest artist and is Artistic Director of the New York City-based early music ensemble TENET.

Ms. Greenleaf has been hailed by The New York Times as a “golden soprano” and “a major force in the New York early music-scene.” She is a celebrated interpreter of the music of Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, Purcell and, most notably, Claudio Monteverdi. Her “crisp, sensuous voice” (The New Yorker) has been praised for its “purity and beguiling naturalness” (The Oregonian) and “intriguing beauty” (Boston Globe).

As Artistic Director of TENET since 2009, Ms. Greenleaf has sung and directed the ensemble in repertoire spanning the Middle Ages to the present day. Her flair for imaginative programming has been lauded by The New York Times as “smart, varied and not entirely early.” Notably, she spearheaded TENET’s Green Mountain Project, whose annual performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 have been universally acclaimed. She appeared with TENET at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in 2014, in a performance of Arvo Pärt’s Passio.

Ms. Greenleaf passionately fosters the spirit of collaboration and shared ideas. She regularly invites international musicians to join forces to perform with her and others from the New York-based early music community. In 2014, she launched the inaugural Early Music Festival: New York City with co-director Donald Meineke, a week-long celebration with performances by numerous artists and ensembles in all five of the city’s boroughs.