Edmund Milly brings “perfect diction” (Los Angeles Times) and “mellifluous” tone (San Francisco Chronicle) to every performance. Based in New York, he sings with the GRAMMY-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and is a founding member of Trident Ensemble. Equally at home as a soloist or in ensembles of the highest caliber, he has recently performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Clarion Choir, Cantata Profana, Antico Moderno, New York Baroque Incorporated, and Grand Harmonie, and has contributed solos to various international radio broadcasts on BBC and CBC. An alumnus of the American Boychoir School, McGill University, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Edmund interprets music both ancient and modern with an expressivity founded in scholarly rigor.
Edmund’s musical education began with cello lessons at age 3. While at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey from 1997 to 2001, he amassed formative musical experiences under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Mazur, James Levine, and André Previn, and gained early exposure to pieces which remain in his repertoire to this day. Edmund received his Bachelor of Music with Distinction from McGill University. He also holds a B.A. and M.A. from McGill in English Literature, contributing to his uncommonly keen interpretive capabilities. These eclectic experiences led Mr. Milly to the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where he received an M.Mus. as a member of the elite Yale Voxtet and a student of James Taylor. Yale Schola Cantorum provided the perfect proving ground to hone his craft under the direction of David Hill, Simon Carrington, and Masaaki Suzuki. In his Lincoln Center debut under Maestro Suzuki, Edmund portrayed an "authoritative and confident" Jesus in Bach's St. John Passion (Seen and Heard International). Since then, he has sung the role of Jesus with Trinity Wall Street, the Oregon Bach Festival, and several other organizations.
Edmund has demonstrated 16th-century contrapuntal improvisation techniques in Venice with Viva Voce, and performed Russian liturgical music to wildly enthusiastic Russian audiences in a Clarion Choir tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. From Arrigoni to Zelenka, he has relished an unusual number of opportunities to perform obscure early music gems, yet he also remains an intrepid explorer of vocal repertoire outside of his "Western art music" comfort zone; on tours with Northern Harmony, Edmund has brought stylistically authentic early American hymnody and vocal folk polyphony from Bulgaria, Georgia, Corsica, and South Africa to audiences all over Europe. In a strange twist of fate, he has even sung 140 of Elvis Presley's greatest hits - in alphabetical order - with Quebecois pop phenom Gregory Charles for a crowd of thousands at the Festival Mondial Choral de Laval.