The Celtic Tenors have established themselves as the most successful classical crossover artists ever to emerge from Ireland. In 2000, following an impromptu audition at EMI in London, the Celtic Tenors were signed on the spot to an international record deal, a highly unusual event that was the talk of the music industry.
The Celtic Tenor's fifth album was released in 2009. Recorded in the Hollywood Hills, this new album is a collection of songs from North America, by songwriters including Stephen Foster and Bob Dylan. Essentially a roots album with rich harmony driven songs, Celtic Tenors, Daryl, James and Matthew were privileged to work with the Grammy-winning team of Steve Lindsey, Dillon O'Brien and Dave Way.
The Celtic Tenors continue to "re-invent the whole tenor idiom" (Phil Coulter - composer of "Remember Me"), by pioneering a new style of 'cool' never before seen on the classical stage and by breaking the traditional stuffy tenor mould.
While each of The Celtic Tenors have been influenced by the musical traditions from their own individual parts of Ireland, Daryl, James and Matthew show great flexibility in melding their voices to suit the appropriate classical, folk, Irish and pop genres. The "Echo Award" in Germany for "Classical without Boundaries" was presented to The Celtic Tenors in recognition of this fact.
With a total album sales worldwide, including compilations, of over one million, and a full international touring schedule, the Celtic Tenors have topped the charts in the USA, Canada, Germany, the UK and Ireland.
About the opener, Mike Horvath
Mike Horvath grew up and resides in Bethlehem, PA. He is currently the Director of Music at Notre Dame Parish and is a Senior Sales Representative for Edwards Business Systems.
He attended Moravian College and majored in Music and later was accepted to Temple University for their Masters Degree program. It was there that he met up with concert pianist, Alexander Fiorillo, a former protege`of world renowned Vladimir Horowitz. Mike spent two years studying with Fiorillo, further developing his classical repertoire and expanding his piano techniques.
With a passion for music improvisation, Mike applied his knowledge of piano literature and vocal talent and hit the jazz scene for many years. He played a number of venues over the years, including Musikfest and was a steady fixture at the old Aspen Inn in Bethlehem for 10 years, performing songs to the likes of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harry Connick, and many other jazz greats.