I am honored to be the new Artistic Director of SMAM and am committed to maintaining and developing the incredible legacy of Christopher Jackson. SMAM will continue to produce varied seasons full of the best early music performed to the highest standards. Together with the talents of the SMAM family of musicians, collaborations with leading ensembles, and the support of our audiences and donors, we will ensure SMAM remains an institution in which Montréal, Québec and all of Canada can be proud. – Andrew McAnerney
Andrew McAnerney was raised in the British choral tradition and studied music at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). He has enjoyed a varied career as a conductor, consort singer, soloist and arranger. Since moving to Canada in 2013, Andrew has worked with a range of professional choirs and orchestras including Arion Baroque Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Chamber Players of Canada, Elmer Iseler Singers, Elora Singers, Chœur Louisbourg and La Rose des Vents. Andrew was appointed artistic director of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal in 2015.
A former Tallis Scholar, Andrew McAnerney has performed with many of Europe’s finest early music ensembles and is credited on over 50 recordings including the music of Bach, Brumel, Clemens non Papa, Crequillon, Gombert, Handel, Lotti, Morales, Moulu, Mozart, Palestrina, Phinot, Purcell and Rore. Andrew’s début CD with the Studio Laudate dominum, featuring music by Lassus, was released by ATMA classic in 2017. His second CD, L’Homme armé, also released on the ATMA Classique label, was nominated for a 2022 JUNO Awards in the category Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble).
Andrew is passionate about musical excellence and accessibility. He regularly prepares his own early music performance scores from original sources, and is fascinated with presenting rediscovered works.