Martin 2014Countertenor Martin Near began his professional singing life at age ten in the choir of men and boys at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York City, advancing to Head Chorister. He now enjoys a varied career exploring his twin passions for early music and new music. Mr. Near recently sang in the solo quartet of Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and together with soprano Margot Rood was noted for producing “an ear-boggling array of close-harmony sonorities…seemingly generating overtones and wave-interference patterns that not even dogs could hear.” He was the countertenor soloist in the premiere performance of Dominick DiOrio’s Stabat mater with Juventas New Music Ensemble, sang the role of Hamor in Handel’s Jephtha with Boston Cecilia, and was noted for his “fine work” in Buxtehude’s Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn with Boston Baroque. He sings regularly with Emmanuel Music, Boston Baroque, and the Handel & Haydn Society. Mr. Near has also worked as a recording producer and was Music Director of Exsultemus from 2009 to 2012.