Sherezade Panthaki was born in India and holds a BMus from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois, and a Licentiate Diploma in Performance from the Trinity College of London . She currently lives in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, where she balances her active performing schedule with her duties as Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, in addition to teaching on the voice faculty at Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.
Ms. Panthaki has appeared in widely broadcast performances for radio and television, most recently WGBH Boston, and has twice toured with Helmuth Rilling and the International Bachakademie in Bonn, Berlin, Stuttgart and Athens. Acclaimed for her musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity, she has performed in 2005 at the Bloomington Early Music Festival with Indianapolis-based Ensemble Voltaire and with the Festival Orchestra under the direction of violinist Stanley Ritchie. She has been a featured soloist at the Tafelmusik Baroque Institute in Toronto, and collaborated with the award-winning Boston-based ensemble, La Donna Musicale at the Boston Early Music Festival. A founding member of the critically acclaimed Choragós ensemble, Ms. Panthaki has been featured in performances of Renaissance music in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany and the United States.
Ms. Panthaki's recent opera and oratorio performances include Vivaldi motets with the Bloomington Early Music Festival Orchestra, Handel's Almira with Andrew Lawrence-King at the Amherst Early Music Festival, Noel cantata concerts and Handel's Gloria with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Mahler's Symphony 4 and Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate with the Millikin Symphony Orchestra, as well Bach's solo cantata 210, O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit, in Indianapolis with Ensemble Voltaire.
Upcoming engagements include Monteverdi's Vespro della beata vergine (March 2006) with the Baroque Artists of Champaign, air de cour and French cantata concerts in the New England area with La Donna Musicale (March 2006), Biber's Marian Vespers with the Pacifica String Quartet (April 2006), as well as Handel's Laudate Pueri Dominum in concert with the internationally renowned American Boychoir (May 2006).
In late May 2006 she will return to the Bloomington Early Music Festival for multiple performances in the title role of Mozart's opera, Il re pastore, under the direction of Stanley Ritchie. In August 2006, she will perform works by Antonia Bembo and Antonio Vivaldi with La Donna Musicale at the Murten Classics Festival, Murten, Switzerland. She has recently been selected as a finalist in the upcoming Le Jardin des Voix vocal competition sponsored by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.
Ms. Panthaki's interest in the interpretation of unpublished/unrecorded music has led to the recently released recording of Antonia Bembo's Les sept Pseaumes de David, volume 2 with La Donna Musicale , as well as soon to-be-released recordings with Ensemble Voltaire (Italian cantatas of Reinhard Keiser) and the newly-formed Renaissance quartet, Gravitación.