JEFFREY PALMER, countertenor, had his vocal debut at the age of nine, singing the Pie Jesu from the Fauré Requiem Mass in his native Virginia. As a critically acclaimed recitalist, he has gone on to perform in venues across North America, Europe and China, and is known for his “particularly attractive timbre with more warmth to the tone than often found with countertenors,” and for singing “with great imagination and deep feeling for the words.” (Henry Fogel, Fanfare Magazine). His eclectic taste and flexible musicality have allowed him to be as comfortable in Purcell and Handel as he is in Britten and Björk, with his concerts around the world often being likened to performance art. In 2019, he released Beauty 美, his first full-length album in collaboration with pianist Riko Higuma for Blue Griffin Records.
Jeffrey has collaborated with Erickson Beamon on several New York Fashion Week shows, leading him to be hailed as "ethereal" by British journalist and Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles, and has lent his voice to collaborations with visual artists including Joan Snyder, Leo Villareal, and Jennifer Wen Ma. As a collaborative composer, Jeffrey co-wrote and recorded a track with cellist Danny Bensi featured in the 2016 Netflix documentary Amanda Knox, and has worked on several arrangements of traditional British and Irish folk songs, which he often performs live. Among his many theatre credits are the role of Frederick in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance (Theatre Royal, Bath, UK) and the Voice of Tiresias in Lives of Tiresias (Jefferson Market Playhouse, NYC). He can also be seen in the 2014 French- American film Love Is Strange, directed by Ira Sachs.
Jeffrey serves as vocal faculty for the Music in the Alps Festival in Austria and as the United States Correspondent for Australian classical and new music magazine CutCommon. Jeffrey holds a BA in Music from Bath Spa University in the UK and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.