Called “velvet for the ear” by Guy Marceau of La Presse (Montreal, June 2006), Christopher Palameta has rapidly become one of the most celebrated baroque oboists in North America. He has recorded over 20 discs for the ATMA, Sony BMG, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Naxos labels. After being appointed oboist in the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (based in Toronto, Canada), of which he was a core member for three years, he currently devotes himself to chamber music primarily. To this end, he created Notturna in 2006 in order to explore the
vast repertoire of early music written for wind instruments.
Born in Montreal, he took his graduate degree from McGill University in historical oboes, and plays with many of North America’s prominent period ensembles, including Tafelmusik and Aradia, in Toronto; Opera Lafayette, in Washington D. C.; Apollo’s Fire, in Cleveland; and Arion, Les Idées heureuses (of which he has been principal oboe since 2003), le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Les Boréades, and Caprice, in Montreal. With these ensembles, he has participated in some 30 festivals in North America, Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, and Mexico. In 2003 and 2006, he was awarded research grants by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, which allowed him to re-establish the neglected instrumental works of Marin Marais in the oboist’s repertoire, and ended in conferences on the subject at McGill University. In June 2002, Mr. Palameta took second prize at the International American Bach Soloists’ Competition in Berkeley, California.