Mary Gerbi is a versatile soloist and chamber musician whose repertoire ranges from medieval chant to new music premieres. She has been praised for her “earthy tone and crisp diction,” “trumpet-like projection,” and “impressive control,” (Boston Musical Intelligencer); and for “project[ing] emotion with easy power” (Boston Globe).
Mary has performed as an oratorio soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, Arcadia Players, Berkshire Bach Society, Boston Cecilia, and Maryland Choral Society, among others. An experienced interpreter of early music, she has presented lecture-recitals at the Peabody Essex and Concord Museums and is currently a core member of Ensemble Origo, a group that presents early repertoire in historical contexts.
A naturally gifted actress, Mary has performed Baroque operatic roles with Connecticut Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music, and La Donna Musicale. Also an advocate of new music, she performed David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project “with outstanding sensitivity and skill” (Boston Classical Review). She appears on True Concord’s Grammy-nominated album Far in the Heavens and on a dozen other recordings with groups such as Boston Baroque, Cut Circle, and Lorelei Ensemble. Raised in Millbrook, NY, she studied at Boston University and has resided in the Boston area ever since. Richmond marks her ninth season as a BCI faculty member.