JEFFREY PALMER, countertenor, is a singer, actor, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Debuting as a soloist at the age of nine, singing the Pie Jesu from the Fauré Requiem Mass, Jeffrey has gone on to perform in venues across the globe, including The Theatre Royal Bath in England, Knock Shrine in Ireland, the Hefei Grand Theatre in China, and San Francisco's Kanbar Center, Boston's Jordan Hall, and New York's Steinway Hall in the United States. He has collaborated with jewelry line Erickson Beamon on four New York City fashion week shows, leading him to be hailed as "ethereal" by English journalist and Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles, and has lent his voice to presentations with visual artists such as Andres Serrano, Joan Snyder, and Jennifer Wen Ma. Musical collaborators have included pianists Riko Higuma of Zodiac Trio and Dr. Irena Portenko, violinists Timothy Fain and Yijia Zhang, cellist Danny Bensi, composer Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed, and singer/songwriter David Fox . He can be heard on the soundtrack of the 2016 Netflix documentary Amanda Knox, and briefly seen in the 2014 French- American romantic film Love Is Strange, directed by Ira Sachs.
Noted performance repertoire includes Chichester Psalms by Bernstein, Les nuits d'été by Berlioz, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, and the role of Frederick in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. As a recitalist, he is known for his sensitive interpretation of arias and art songs by composers including Handel, Schubert, Britten, and Björk.
In 2019, Jeffrey released Beauty 美 , his first full-length album in collaboration with pianist Riko Higuma for Blue Griffin Records. Including works by Debussy, Schumann, Purcell, and contemporary composers Huang Ruo and Andrew List, this album is a selection of musical works that each provide their own unique reflection on the idea of beauty, and that have personally touched these two musicians in profound ways.
Jeffrey is also an acclaimed arts writer and music critic, contributing regularly to Australian new music magazine CutCommon.
Jeffrey holds a BA in music from Bath Spa University.