Vlad Smishkewych, co-director
Vlad Smishkewych enjoys a career as a tenor vocalist specialising in early and contemporary music, sharing the stage with some of the main names in early music and folk, including Carlos Nuñez, Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, Sequentia, Theatre of Voices, and The Harp Consort. He has recorded for Sony/BMG, Harmonia Mundi, and Naxos Records. No stranger to the academic realm, he holds a doctorate from Indiana University, and is the former director of the MA programme in Chant at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he taught until 2014. However, his passion for writing and creating media about music and culture goes back to 2006, when he was a Fulbright Fellow to Spain, after which he began writing programmes for National Public Radio (USA). After his time in academia, Vlad returned to performing and the world of broadcasting, joining Ireland’s RTÉ lyric fm as well as the European Early Music Network, as radio announcer and producer. He is best known to Irish radio listeners as the host and researcher of Vox Nostra, RTÉ lyric fm’s Sunday morning Early Music show. Vlad is co-director of the Limerick Early Music Festival and the H.I.P.S.T.E.R. series. Vlad gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council Ireland through the Artist’s Agility Award.
Yonit Kosovske, co-director
Yonit Kosovske performs on harpsichord and piano as a soloist, chamber musician, and interdisciplinary artist. She is dedicated to both sacred and secular music and is at home with a wide array of repertoire from the Renaissance through New Music. Yonit is co-director of H.I.P.S.T.E.R. (Historically Informed Performance Series, Teaching, Education and Research) and co-producer of the Limerick Early Music Festival, as well as artistic director of WAVE~LINKS—a video series exploring music and artisanry. She is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Limerick, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Highlights among Yonit's recent awards include an Arts Council Music Bursary Award to explore contemporary harpsichord music, a Limerick Individual Artist's Bursary to support her contemporary harpsichord collaboration on the Triple Spiral performance and film, an Arts Council Music Commissions Award for her new song cycle Watershed by composer Ailís Ní Ríain, and an Arts Council Agility Award for her project ROCKING, an interdisciplinary collaboration and film featuring early music and contemporary dance. Yonit holds a doctorate from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.