- Leaders & Soloists:
- Viola da Gamba & Cello:
- Double Bass:
- Flute & Recorder:
- Harpsicord & Organ:
John Abberger, Oboe (USA) Top
John Abberger, one of North America’s leading performers on historical oboes, is principal oboist with Tafelmusik and the American Bach Soloists (San Francisco). He also appears regularly with other prominent period-instrument ensembles. His recording of the Concerto for Oboe by Alessandro Marcello with Tafelmusik was glowingly reviewed by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the best there is" and "alone worth the price of the disc, even if you have other versions." He records regularly with many of the above mentioned orchestras, and can be heard on numerous recordings. Mr. Abberger serves on the faculty at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, and has taught at the City College of New York. A native of Orlando, Florida, he received his training at the Juilliard School, and Louisiana State University. In addition, he holds a Performers Certificate in Early Music from New York University.
Sylvain Bergeron, Lute & Theorbo (Montreal) Top
Born in Quebec City, Sylvain Bergeron has perfected his expertise on the instruments of the lute family through numerous stays in the United States and Europe with, among other teachers, Paul O'Dette and Eugène Dombois. In 1984 he was a finalist at Toronto’s First International Lute Competition. As a member of Ensemble Anonymus from 1980 to 1990, he performed in all the productions of the ensemble, and was the musical director of three of them. In the spring of 1991 he co-founded La Nef, a musical ensemble of which he is one of the three artistic directors. Since then, he has been at the helm of many productions such as Perceval, the Quest for the Holy Grail, Montsegur, The Garden of Delights, and Music for Joan the Mad. Sylvain Bergeron teaches the lute and medieval ensemble music at McGill University.
Isabelle Bozzini, Cello (Montreal) Top
A passionate chamber player, cellist Isabelle Bozzini is dedicated to exploring two parallel worlds - new music of all kinds and music on period instruments. This endeavour continuously challenges her and nourishes her artistic aspirations. She is a founding member of the Quatuor Bozzini which since its inception in 1999 has become one of Canada’s leading string quartets on national and international scenes. Playing around forty concerts per year, the Bozzinis produce their own concert series in Montreal, tour several times per year in Europe and the US and have published their first recording in Fall of 2004 in collaboration with DAME (actuellecd.com). Having collaborated for many years with Joël Thiffault and the Montreal Baroque Orchestra, Isabelle Bozzini now plays regularly with Ensemble Arion, the Idées Heureuses, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, French harpsichordist and conductor Hervé Niquet, and others.
Stéphanie Bozzini, Viola (Montreal) Top
Montreal-born Stéphanie Bozzini has been a member of the Quatuor Bozzini (Opus Prize, "Discovery of the year 2000-2001", Conseil Québécois de la Musique) since its beginnings, a young emerging group which performs regularly in Canada, the United States and Europe. Her curiosity and interest for all musical styles, from music on ancient instruments to improvisation, makes her a versatile musician. She has played with several symphony orchestras, the Tonhalle of Zurich and the Winterthurer Stadtorchester among others. She also performed with chamber music groups at the Banff Center for the Arts, at the Tonhalle Zurich, at the Festival des Îles du Bic and with chamber orchestras such as I Musici (Montreal), the Violons du Roy (Québec) and the Lamèque Festival Orchestra (N.-B.). In addition to her activities as performer, Stéphanie Bozzini teaches viola at the Faculty of Music, Concordia University Montreal.
Olivier Brault, Viola (Montreal) Top
A recent recipient of a Ph.D in Baroque performance practice, Olivier Brault has established himself
as one of the world's leading authority on Baroque music, both on stage and within the academia.
He can be found at the heart of many well known ensembles and festivals, in Montreal as well as abroad. A musician at once sensitive, rigorous and imaginative, ready to improvise, his talents as soloist and musical director have led him to involvement in dance and theatre. Frequently heard on the radio, both in concert and in recordings, Olivier Brault also teaches baroque chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. He is a member of the Conseil québécois de la musique and of the Société de reconstitution historique du Québec.
Rachel Brown, Flute (Angleterre)England) Top
Since winning first prize at the American National Flute Competition,
Rachel Brown has become known for her versatility on modern and historical
flutes and recorders. She plays principal flute and recorder with the Academy
of Ancient Music, the Hanover Band, the King's Consort, Collegium Musicum 90,
London Baroque and the Parley of Instruments, with whom she has given many
concerto appearances in Europe, America, Canada and Japan. Rachel's solo recordings
include three recital discs for Chandos Records, recordings of flute Concertos for
Hyperion and two recent discs for Somm with the London Handel Players. In great demand
as a teacher, Rachel has given masterclasses in the USA, Canada, Sweden, Poland, Spain,
Holland, Belgium and NewZealand.
Rachel taught for many years at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester
and is now professor of baroque flute at the Royal College of Music in London.
Adrian Butterfield, Violin (England) Top
Adrian Butterfield is now established as one of the most versatile period-instrument musicians
of his generation in the UK and abroad working as a conductor and violinist-director with
both modern- and period-instrument orchestras, and as a concerto soloist,
chamber musician and teacher. A former chorister of St. Paul’s Cathedral and a graduate of
Trinity College Cambridge, he is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and Associate
Musical Director of the London Handel Festival and leads ensembles such as the London Handel
Orchestra and the Theatre of Early Music across Europe and North America.
He has appeared on numerous recordings and with most of the period-instrument orchestras
in London. Recent solo recordings include CPE Bach sonatas (ATMA), Bach’s Concerto for oboe
and violin with John Abberger (Analekta) and Handel’s Violin Sonatas (Somm) which were released
in December 2007 to great acclaim.
Read more of Adrian's Biography
Richard Campbell, Viola da Gamba & Cello(England) Top
Following post-graduate studies (cello and viola da gamba) in London and The Hague Richard Campbell has worked with most of the UK ensembles using
historically appropriate instruments, styles and techniques in pre-20th century music over the past 25 years. As a gamba soloist he has also
appeared with some of the finest chamber and symphony orchestras of Europe including the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a founder member of the ensemble Fretwork. who since 1986 have set
fresh standards for the performance of 16th and 17th century masterpieces written for a 'consort of viols' by composers such as John Taverner,
William Cornysh, Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, John Dowland, William Lawes, John Jenkins, Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell.
Fretwork is featured along with TEM on the Sony CD "Come Again, Sweet Love".
Richard died in March 2011 and is sadly mourned by all who knew him.
Francis Colpron, Recorder (Montreal) Top
Francis Colpron has been recognized these past few years as one of the most talented instrumentalists of his generation. His qualities and his capacity to innovate both in the artistic and interpretative spheres have been acclaimed by the public, the critics and the cultural authorities alike. In 1991, he founded his own ensemble, of which he is the artistic director: Les Boréades de Montréal, running a successful series in Montreal, touring in North America and Europe and recording several discs on the ATMA label. In November 2000, the ensemble was awarded the record of the year Opus prize in the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music category for their Telemann: Suite and Concertos.
Besides teaching at the Université de Montréal, he is a regular guest of prestigious summer camps.
Laurence Cummings, Harpischord (England) Top
Laurence Cummings is one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile young exponents of historical performance both as harpsichord player and conductor. He was an organ scholar at Christ Church Oxford where he graduated with first class honours. In 1996 he was appointed Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music which has led to both baroque and classical orchestras forming part of the established curriculum. He is also Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and a trustee of Handel House London. His numerous recordings include the first recording of Handel’s newly discovered Gloria with Emma Kirkby and the Royal Academy of Music on BIS and recital discs of solo harpsichord music (including music by Louis and Francois Couperin) for Naxos. He has recently completed a solo disc of Handel arias with Angelika Kirschlager for BIS.
Karol Gostynski, Violin (Montreal) Top
Currently based in Montréal/Toronto, Karol has performed throughout Europe and North America with groups such as Masques, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, Orchestre Baroque de Montréal, Aradia, La Nouvele Sinfonie (Hervé Niquet), Autour de la Flûte, Theatre of Early Music (Daniel Taylor), Arion (Jaap ter Linden), Caprice, I Furiosi, and at festivals Montréal Baroque, Montréal Bach, Grand River Baroque, London Early Opera, Orford, Cervantino (Mexico), Orvieto Musica (Italy), Baie des Chaleurs and Lamèque (New Brunswick). He has been involved with the Nota Bene Period Orchestra (Kitchener-Waterloo) from its inception, and with whom he has appeared as leader and soloist. He has recorded for Atma and Analekta, has been heard on CBC/Radio-Canada and has participated in projects garnering Prix Opus nominations and awards.
Matthew Halls, Harpsicord (England) Top
Matthew Halls studied music at Oxford University, where he was Organ Scholar and later Assistant Organist at New College. He was harpsichordist with the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 1998, with whom he toured extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. Since leaving the EUBO he has worked as a keyboard player with many of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles. He has been a member of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra since 1999, participating in Ton Koopman’s recently-completed project to record the complete cantatas of J. S. Bach. Matthew is also the continuo player and an occasional guest director of The King’s Consort and works frequently with other ensembles in the UK such as The Sixteen, The Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Erin Helyard, Harpsicord & Organ (Montreal) Top
Erin Helyard graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class honors and completed his Masters at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. Earlier in his career, Erin was principal continuo with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and assistant music director for the 2001 Sydney Festival. He is also a founder and co-artistic director of Pinchgut Opera and a founding member of the Orchestra of the Antipodes.
Since moving to Montreal in 2004, Erin has become an active member of Quebec’s early music community and has appeared with Les Violons du Roy, Daniel Taylor’s Theatre of Early Music, the Arion Ensemble and at the Montreal Baroque Festival.
Jacob Heringman, Lute (USA) Top
The American-born lutenist Jacob Heringman studied with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music in London, and later with Pat O’Brien in
New York. Based in England since 1987, he has established himself as one of the world’s most respected and most innovative solo lute players,
and as a much sought-after ensemble player performing regularly throughout Europe and North and South America, and making many CD and radio recordings
of medieval and renaissance music with leading English ensembles, including The Rose Consort of Viols, Fretwork, Musicians of the Globe,
The Kings Singers, The New London Consort, Virelai and The Dufay Collective.
As a continuo player, Jacob Heringman performed and recorded with The King's Consort, The English Baroque Soloists,
The Parley of Instruments and The Taverner Consort, among others. In 1993, he left the continuo circuit to focus on renaissance solo
and ensemble projects.
Jacob’s playing is also to be heard on the soundtracks of many Hollywood films (including Harry Potter III ,
Kingdom of Heaven and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood), and occasionally on pop albums (most recently, Joni Mitchell’s Travelogue).
Jacob teaches the lute at Trinity College of Music, London, and at York University. He is increasingly
in demand as a teacher at various Lute Society and other early music summer schools, including the American Lute Society’s
courses in Vancouver, Cleveland and Amherst, the UK Lute Society’s course at Hengrave Hall, and Musica Antiqua’s course
at the Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools.
Jacques-André Houle, Viola (Montreal) Top
Jacques-André Houle is a violinist, viola player and musicologist. He’s a member of the Quatuor Franz-Joseph.
Christopher Jackson, Harpsicord & Organ (Montreal) Top
For more than 30 years, Christopher Jackson has been a leader in the field of ancient music in Montreal. An accomplished musician and choirmaster,
Mr. Jackson co-founded the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) in 1974 and, in 1988, became its Artistic Director.
Christopher Jackson’s discography with SMAM includes several recordings acclaimed by European and North American critics alike.
Noteworthy references in specialised publications such as BBC Music Magazine and Le Monde de la musique have established the Studio’s
reputation of excellence and its masterly choir direction. A proud and committed citizen of Montreal, Mr. Jackson has been an active participant
in the community and has been instrumental in recognizing, developing and promoting local talents.
Christopher Jackson died on September 25th 2015 and is sadly mourned by all who knew him.
David Jacques , Lute & Baroque Guitar (Québec) Top
David Jacques was born in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Quebec in 1978 and has a Doctorate in the interpretation of early music from the Université
de Montréal. He began his studies of classical guitar at the Cégep de
Sainte-Foy, continuing at Université Laval and later at the Québec Conservatory. He has recorded more than 15 CDs on the XXI-21,
ATMA and Analekta labels and collaborated on numerous other productions. His Pièces de guitarre de Mr Rémy Médard (Productions XX-21)
won the Conseil Québécois de la Musique’s 2008 Prix Opus Disc of the Year award in the early music category. David has also published several
arrangements for guitar for Les Productions d’OZ. Active both in Canada and internationally, he has performed over 2000 concerts in
30 countries on all five continents. He is currently Professor of Classical Guitar at Université Laval and the Cégep de Sainte-Foy and is
frequently invited by other musical organizations to give master classes and workshops.
Grégoire Jeay, Recorder (Montreal) Top
Grégoire Jeay is principal flute at the Montreal Baroque Orchestra (MBO). He has appeared in concert in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, France, Belgium, Mexico and Turkey. His repertoire with the MBO comprises several concertos by Vivaldi, C. P. E. Bach, Boccherini, Handel and J. S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2. A number of his concerts have been recorded on Radio- Canada (CBC) and Belgian radio. On top of his activities as flutist, Grégoire Jeay is active in other fields related to music: he wrote a play for youth audiences ( Le Visiteur (The Visitor), for Youth and Music Canada) which aims at initiating them to Baroque music, and he is quite active in musical composition and arrangement. In fact, he supplied the music for a documentary on mystical women from the Middle Ages.
Matthew Jennejohn, Oboe and Flute (Montreal) Top
Matthew Jennejohn pursues an active performing career on the baroque oboe, cornetto and recorder. He performs with many of the leading early music ensembles in North America including Ensemble Arion, Constantinople, La Bande Montréal Baroque, Les Boréades, Les Voix Humaines, Tafelmusik, Les Voix Baroques, The Trinity Consort, and Les Violons du Roy. He studied early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, McGill University and the University of British Columbia. He is frequently heard on CBC Radio and Radio-Canada and has recorded on the ATMA, CBC, Early-Music.com, Analekta and Naxos labels. He teaches baroque oboe at McGill University in Montreal.
Karen Kaderavek, Cello (Montréal) Top
Multi-talented cellist Karen Kaderavek has enjoyed a prestigious career as soloist and chamber artist. She performs with leading ensembles
and orchestras including the Handel and Haydn Society, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal and the Theatre of Early Music.
Amanda Keesmaat, Cello (Montréal) Top
Amanda Keesmaat has been a vibrant presence in the Montreal early music community for more than 10 years.
Playing continuo, she has recorded with prominent singers such as Daniel Taylor, Natalie Paulin,
Susie Le Blanc, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Shannon Mercer and Matthew White, as well as renowned ensembles
such as Arion, Les Voix Baroques, Skye Consort and Les Boréades. Amanda appears regularly on concert
series with Ensemble Caprice, Clavecin en Concert, Studio Musique Ancienne de Montréal and at festivals
such as Montreal Baroque, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and Vancouver Early Music Festival (Festival Vancouver).
Amanda holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Western Ontario.
Elizabeth Kenny, Lute (England) Top
Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe's leading lute players. Her playing has been described as "incandescent" (Music and Vision),
"radical" (The Independent on Sunday) and "indecently beautiful" (Toronto Post).
In over a decade of touring she has played with many of the world's best period instrument groups and experienced many different
approaches to music making. She is a principal player and initiator of seventeenth century projects with the Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment and has played with viol consort Concordia since its founding. Elizabeth has built chamber music and recital partnerships
with a number of distinguished artists and retains a strong international connection with William Christie's Les Arts Florissants.
Elizabeth taught for two years at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, is professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music, and is a
Lecturer in Performance and Head of Early Music at Southampton University, UK. She has recently been appointed as one of four artistic
advisors to the York Early Music Festival, where she is working on programming from 2011to 2013.
Eric Lagacé, Double bass (Montreal) Top
Eric Lagacé comes from a very well known family of Quebec musicians and has built a solid reputation on the local musical scene and abroad. He is, among other things, one of Montreal’s most popular double bassist. He is well respected for his talents in arrangements, orchestration and as a musician among numerous jazz and classical ensembles. Eric is also the musical director for the performances of soprano Nathalie Choquette. He plays with diverse musical groups such as Amati, Arion, the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal as well as jazz greats Oliver Jones, Vic Vogel, Wynton Marsalis and many others
Sophie Larivière, Recorder (Montreal) Top
Sophie Larivière has been a member of Ensemble Caprice since 1997 and is the Artistic Co-Director. She has participated in the International Recorder Symposium in Stuttgart, the Recorder Series in Schwelm, and the Recorder Festival of Stockstadt in Germany. She has also been a guest performer with several early music ensembles, including Arion, Le Concert Spirituel, Les Idées Heureuses, Les Violons du Roy, REBEL, Le Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, the New York Collegium and the Theatre of Early Music, with whom she performed at the Vancouver Early Music Festival. In addition to touring regularly with Ensemble Caprice and others, Sophie teaches at the Cégep St. Laurent in Montreal and at the CAMMAC summer school. She also directs the recorder orchestra, Flutissimo of the MRS. She has recorded with Ensemble Caprice, Arion, the Theatre of Early Music, and the Claude Gervaise Ensemble on the ATMA Classique, Antes Edition and Interdisc labels.
Nicolas Lessard, Double bass (Montreal) Top
Nicolas Lessard has an active chamber music career in Quebec and Ontario. He is a regular member of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Nouveau-Monde, and Le Nouvel Ensemble à Cordes from 1996 to 1998. His latest performances include concerts with l’ensemble Arion, Les Idées Heureuse (with a recording for Analekta), the Opera Atelier productions with Tafelmusik, and the 2003 edition of the Grand River Baroque Festival in Kitchener. He was awarded scholarships by the Pierre Monteux School, (Hancock, Maine), the Royal Conservatory of Music, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Fondation des Anciens de Shawinigan. He was chosen as double bass solo for the Orford Festival Orchestra in 1999 and for the 2000 and 2002 tours of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Margaret Little, Viola da Gamba (Montreal) Top
Margaret Little was born and raised in Montreal in a musical family, playing violin, piano, recorder and guitar as a child. She discovered the viola da gamba at the age of eleven and fell in love instantly with the instrument and early music repertoire. After studying science and then visual arts, she came back to music and the viol in her early twenties. Margaret has been performing since 1975 as a soloist and a chamber musician on the viola da gamba and baroque viola with various groups including the Studio de Musique ancienne de Montréal, Les Idées Heureuses, Arion, Musica Divina, and she founded the viola da gamba duo "Les Voix humaines" with Susie Napper over twenty years ago. She has been invited to play with many early music groups across Canada and the USA as a gambist, baroque violinist and violist (such as Rebel, Four Nations, Trinity Consort, Aradia, The Publick Musick, Les Boréades, Les Violons du Roy, etc.) and has toured in North America, Mexico and Europe. Margaret Little teaches the viola da gamba and baroque ensembles at the Université de Montréal as well as the CAMMAC Lake MacDonald Music Centre.
Myron Lutzke, Cello (USA) Top
Myron Lutzke is well known to audiences as a performer on both period and modern cello. He now serves as principal cellist of numerous orchestras and a chamber player with ensembles touring throughout the world. He is principal cellist of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra of Boston, the New York Collegium and American Classical Orchestra and is a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Mozartean Players, the Aulos Ensemble, Loma Mar Quartet and the Bach Ensemble. Mr. Lutzke is currently on the faculties of SUNY-Purchase and Mannes College of Music, where he teaches baroque cello and performance practice and has taught at the Brixen-Initiative Academy in Italy. He has recorded for Decca, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Nonesuch, Musical Heritage Society, Deutsche Grammophon, Dorian, Denon and Arabesque labels.
Mathias Maute, Recorder (Montreal) Top
Known for his stunning blend of dazzling virtuosity and colorful expressivity, Matthias is recognized as one of the foremost recorder players of his generation and has an international reputation for his talents as a traverso player and composer. In 1990, after completing his studies in Freiburg and Utrecht, he won First Prize in the soloist category at the prestigious Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges, Belgium and that same year his CD Les Barricades, which includes some of his own works, was released. Four years later, he won the Dutch Impresariat Chamber Music Competition with Trio Passagio. Matthias currently tours regularly in the United States, Canada and Europe with both Ensemble Caprice and REBEL.In addition to his work in chamber music, Matthias is the first flautist of the Baroque Trinity Consort Orchestra in Portland, Oregon and the REBEL Baroque Orchestra in New York.
Sarah McMahon, Cello (England) Top
Sarah McMahon began her cello studies with Nora Gilleece at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. In 1995 she was awarded a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with David Strange, Jenny Ward-Clarke and Colin Carr. She has also had masterclasses from Steven Isserlis, Christophe Coin, Steven Doane, Miklos Perenyi and William Pleeth. While a student at the Academy she performed as soloist with the period instrument baroque orchestra under the direction of Monica Huggett and Lucy van Dael. She was also principal cellist with the soloist’s ensemble, directed by Clio Gould with whom she made her Wigmore Hall debut.
Sarah performs regularly both as soloist and chamber musician throughout Britain and Ireland. Sarah takes a keen interest in historical performance and works regularly as principal cellist with the King’s Consort, Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music. She recently featured as soloist in a critically acclaimed disc of Vivaldi with La Serenissima.
Douglas Mcnabney, Viola (Montreal) Top
Associate Professor of Chamber Music, Violist Douglas McNabney is one of Canada’s distinguished chamber musicians. He has toured extensively throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States, recording for, among others, BRT (Brussels), Radio Bremen, RTE (Dublin), Finnish Broadcasting (Helsinki), Sudwestdeutscher Rundfunk (Karlsruhe), Norwegian Radio (Oslo), Radio Sweden (Stockholm), and the CBC. Formerly Artistic Director of the Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy, he is currently Chair of the Performance Department at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. He also pursues a busy schedule of appearances as soloist and guest artist in festivals and with chamber music societies and ensembles across Canada, the USA, and in Europe.
Raphael McNabney, Double Bass (Montreal) Top
Born in Montréal in 1982, Raphael Mcnabney studied cello from an early age only to discover his true love of the double bass at age 19, when he went to study with Joel Quarrington at the Glenn Gould School of Music. He continues to freelance in Toronto, Montréal and Québec City performing with chamber music societies and chamber orchestras such as Les Violons du Roy across the country.
Chloe Meyers, Violin (Montreal) Top
Violinist Chloe Meyers is in the midst of discovering life balance with the recent addition of her second son Thomas.
Chloe plays a major role in the Montreal and North American early music scene. Chloe plays principal second with the
Arion Orchestra in Montreal, and is actively involved in many other Montreal ensembles including the Theatre of Early Music.
First violinist of Ensemble Les Voix Baroques, she has been a lead role in the production of many recordings and musical projects,
directing the ensemble to great acclaim. Also this past year she appeared as guest soloist and concertmaster in Vancouver’s
Pacific Baroque Orchestra, leading first violinist on the CD creation of Acadamie de Montreal’s Clodoveo by Caldara,
Handel Arias with soprano Karina Gauvin, and, on a recording of Wagenseil Violin Concertos, recorded with Echo du Danube,
under the Deutschland Funk label.
Scott Metcalfe, Violin (USA) Top
Scott Metcalfe is a violinist and conductor with a repertoire extending from 15th-century Franco-Flemish polyphony through 17th-century concerted vocal works to Bach’s cantatas, motets, and passions. He is a member of La Luna and The King’s Noyse, appears as principal second violinist or concertmaster of the Trinity Consort in Portland, Oregon, and has played in the orchestra of every opera produced by the Boston Early Music Festival since 1993. He directs the Renaissance vocal ensemble Blue Heron and the Renaissance choir Convivium Musicum, and has conducted Handel’s Messiah with the Tudor Choir and Seattle Baroque and Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers at Monadnock Music in New Hampshire. He also continues to explore 17th-century music for voices and instruments with a Boston-based project called 17th-Century Voices.
David Miller, Viola (USA) Top
A devoted performer of chamber music on period instruments and a pioneer of early music performance in this country, he is a founding member of the Classical Quartet, the Red Cedar Trio, the Haydn Baryton Trio, the Bach Ensemble and Concert Royal, as well as guest artist with the Mozartean Players and Helicon. Mr. Miller has served as principal violist for numerous Baroque and Classical orchestras including the Boston Early Music Festival, the Handel & Haydn Society, the New York Collegium, and the American Classical Orchestra. Notable chamber music appearances at summer festivals include Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center; Tanglewood; the Festival of Perth, Australia; the Lufthansa Festival of London; and the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. , His many recordings of solo and chamber works can be heard on Centaur, Decca Dorian, EMI, Fleur de Son Classics, Harmonia Mundi, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Collection of Recordings, among others.
Susie Napper, Viola da Gamba (Montreal) Top
Cellist, gambist, continuo player par excellence, Susie Napper is known for her colorful, even controversial performances of both solo and chamber repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. She has spend the last three decades with a foot on either side of the Atlantic as principal cellist with several groups including Stradivaria in France, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal and Les Boréades in Montreal, and the Trinity Consort of Portland. Her concert tours have taken her as far afield as China, Japan, New Zealand, India, the Middle East, as well as most European countries. As a member of the very active viol duo Les Voix humaines, she has discovered a new facet of musical expression in the form of musical arranging, thus providing an endlessly fascinating new repertoire for two viols. Susie Napper teaches at McGill University, and founded the Festival international Montréal Baroque which is presented in Montreal in June since 2001. She was awarded the "Prix Opus" 2002 for "Personality of the year" by the Conseil québécois de la musique.
Ellie Nimeroski, Violin (Montreal) Top
After her studies in modern violin at McGill University under the direction Yehonatan Berick, Ellie Nimeroski was drawn to the baroque violin and completed a Masters degree with Hélène Plouffe. She presently performs and records with Montreal’s leading early music ensembles, and can be heard onstage with Daniel Taylor’s Theatre of Early Music, Ensemble Arion, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, Les Ideés Heureuses, Autour de la Flûte, La Nouvèle Sinfonie, Les Boréades and la Bande Montréal Baroque. Otherwise, Ellie Nimeroski is first violinist of the baroque ensemble La Fiorenza, acclaimed for its performance of seventeenth century Italian music with the CBC Galaxie prize and the audience choice awards in the Festival Montréal Baroque.
Christopher Palameta, Oboe (Montreal) Top
Called "velvet for the ear" by Guy Marceau of La Presse (July 2005, Montreal), Christopher Palameta has rapidly become one of the most celebrated baroque oboists in Canada. He has played second oboe with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (based in Toronto, Canada) for the past three years, where he has played under or alongside such artists as Andrew Parrot, Richard Egarr, Bruno Weil, Hervé Niquet, and Emma Kirkby. His invitations to participate in festivals worldwide include those in Britain (London Lufthansa), the United States (Aspen, Ravinia, Connecticut, Berkeley), Canada (Lameque, Montreal), Germany (Mozartfest Augsburg, Klang und Raum-Kloster Irsee), Spain (Barcelona, Aranjuez,) France (Ambronay), Portugal (Belem), and Mexico.
Richard Paré, Harpsicord & Organ (Quebec City) Top
Richard Paré divides his professional activities between the harpsichord and the organ. He studied both instruments at the Québec City conservatory with Claude Lavoie and Donald Thompson, and graduated with three Premier Prix diplomas in organ, harpsichord and chamber music. A founding member of the chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy, he has taken part in many different tours in Germany, Belgium, Spain, the United States and Western Canada, and in nine recordings for the Dorian label. Richard Paré was recently appointed as Professor of organ, harpsichord and early music at the Faculty of Music at Laval University. He is also the regular harpsichordist for the Québec City symphony orchestra and the titular organist of the Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens church in Québec City.
Jean Paterson, Violin (England) Top
Jean Paterson was born in Pembrokeshire into a farming family, moving later to Hampshire. She studied at Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music under Emanuel Hurwitz and Manoug Parikian. She later took up the baroque violin with Micaela Comberti and John Holloway, and now plays with many of the leading period instrument ensembles in Britain. She teaches at the Pilgrims’ School in Winchester and coaches for the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. Her special love is chamber music.
She is married to the baritone Peter Harvey, and they have two sons.
Pemi Paull, Viola (Montreal) Top
A versatile soloist and chamber musician, and a specialist in both new and early music,
Pemi Paull is a true 21st century artist. He is the founder and artistic director of Warhol Dervish,
an original and unorthodox chamber music collective based in Montreal. He appeared as soloist with the
Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec in the premiere of "Debacle", by Denis Dion, as well as the Newfoundland
Symphony Orchestra, and was the recipient of the 2002 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award for Chamber Music.
In the sphere of historical performance, Pemi is a member of Ensemble Caprice, with whom he has recorded
four discs for Analekta, winning a Juno in the process. He also appears regularly with Les Idees Heureuses,
and Ensemble Arion, and Daniel Taylor's Theatre of Early Music.
Hélène Plouffe, Violon & Viola (Montreal) Top
Born in 1965, Hélène Plouffe started both violin and piano at the age of 5, joined her first symphony orchestra at the age of 10, and entered and won her first competition at the age of 12. Having studied under such notable teachers as Luis Grinhauz and Mauricio Fuks, she went on to McGill University and completed her degree in performance, receiving several scholarships for the highest grades achieved. Hélène was the first student at McGill to major in the study of baroque violin. She went on to perform with the Studio de musique de Montréal, Les Idées Heureuses, and l’ensemble Arion, to name a few. Sponsored by both provincial and federal governements, she won an honorable mention as a soloist and third prize in chamber music at the Festival Musica Antiqua in Bruges, Belgium, in summer of 1993.
Mika Putterman, Recorder (Montreal) Top
Mika produces a series in Montreal called Autour de la flûte which features the wooden flute from the baroque era to the romantic era. She performs in both Canada and Europe and plays regularly with the Ensemble Arion in Montreal and has also been invited to play with the Montreal Baroque Festival, the Lamèque International Festival, the Festival Bach de St. Malo and the Festival de musique de Nantes. She has performed with numerous groups such as Tafelmusik (Toronto), Il Fondamento (Belgium), the Theater of Early Music (Montreal), Ensemble XVIII-21 (France) and Les Menus Plaisirs du Roy (France) and has had the privilege of working with such conductors as Daniel Cuiller, Paul Dombrecht, Manfredo Kraemer, Barthold Kuijken, Jeanne Lamon, Jaap Ter Linden, Hervé Niquet, Dominique Visse and Julian Wachner. Mika has recorded concerts for both the CBC and Radio-Canada, and has recorded as a soloist with the early-music.com label.
Kathia Robert, Viola (Montreal) Top
Kathia Robert pursues an active performing career on the viola. Specialist of the music of the baroque and classical period, she is performing with many early music ensembles in North America and Europe. After graduating from McGill university in 2003 (Bachelor of Music in viola, and Master degree in Performance/ Early Music) she moved to Switzerland and entered the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Her teachers include Hélène Plouffe, David Plantier and Douglas McNabney. She was invited to lead the viola section of the Luzern Symphony Orchestra as a specialist of historical performance of the french baroque style for the production of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme presented at the Luzern Theater and conducted by Sébastien Rouland. Kathia Robert Plays on a viennese viola built by Daniel Achiatus Stadlmann in 1727.
Cynthia Roberts, Violin (USA) Top
Cynthia Roberts is one of America’s leading baroque violinists. She is concertmaster of New York’s Concert Royal and Dallas Bach Society,
and performs regularly with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium and Handel & Haydn Society. She has performed with London
Classical Players and the Taverner Players, and is a principal player at the Carmel Bach Festival. Performance highlights include Bach violin sonatas
at the Mostly Mozart Festival, chamber music at the Prague Festival, solo performances in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival,
and Four Seasons for the New York Baroque Dance Company. Cynthia Roberts is a member of the faculties of the University of North Texas and the
Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and is a Kulas Visiting Artist at CWRU. Her extensive recording and broadcast credits include Sony Classical,
BMG/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, NPR, CBC and WDR.
Reuven Rothman, Double Bass (Montreal) Top
Reuven Rothman studied at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the Conservatoire de Québec à Montréal. He has performed with the MSO, the Canadian Opera Company, the Windsor Symphony, Daniel Taylor’s Theatre of Early Music, the Montreal Baroque Orchestra and the Vermont Symphony.
Gonzalo Ruiz, Oboe (USA) Top
Gonzalo Xavier Ruiz has appeared both as principal oboist and concerto soloist with most of the leading period instrument groups in America and has performed widely in the U.S. and Europe under conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Reinhard Goebbel and Mark Minkowski. His playing is featured on numerous recordings of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Equally accomplished on the modern instrument, he has performed as principal oboist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Chamber Symphony among others. Mr. Ruiz was a prizewinner at the Brugges Early Music Competition in Belgium and for many years has been professor of oboe at the Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute. He has also taught at the Longy School in Cambridge and given master classes at Indiana University.
Stephen Stubbs, Lute (USA) Top
The American lutenist and musical director Stephen Stubbs studied Composition and harpsichord at the University of Washington and at the same time began to play lute. After graduation he completed his study of his instrument in Holland and England, where he made his first concert debut in Wigmore Hall, London in 1976. In 1980 he went to Germany, where he played with the Musikalische Compagney, Berlin and Fuiori Musicali, Bremen. Since 1981 Stephen Stubbs is teaching at the Musikhochschule Bremen were he helds now the post as Professor. He tour extensivly through Europe and USA especially with his Ensemble Tragicomedia. He recorded numerous LPs and CDs with famous other Ensembles like Hilliard Ensemble or with Andrew Lawrence - King.
Nicole Trotier, Violin (Quebec city) Top
Nicole Trotier was born in Québec City, and studied at the Conservatory with Jean Angers and Jean-Louis Rousseau. She graduated in 1984 with diplomas in violin and chamber music. In 1982, she studied in Toulouse with Calvin Sieb, and was also a finalist in the Young Virtuosos competition organized by CBC television. In 1984, Nicole Trotier joined with other young professional musicians to found the chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy, becoming the group’s concertmaster. Since then she has performed widely with the orchestra, and has appeared many times as a soloist. She is also a founding member of Le Quatuor Québec (1987) and La Bande Baroque (1990). Nicole Trotier features regularly in CBC broadcasts as a soloist and chamber musician, and as a member of various other groups.
Julian Wachner, Organ (Montreal) Top
In his adopted city of Montreal, Julian Wachner is principal conductor and co-director of Opera McGill, where his repertoire has included Argento’s Christopher Sly, Britten’s Turn of the Screw , Bernstein’s Candide , Purcell’s King Arthur, Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites, and the world premiere of his own opera, Evangeline Revisited. As an organist and improvisateur, Wachner has appeared throughout North America including such prestigious venues as Methuen Memorial Hall, Trinity Church Copley Square, AGO Conventions in New York City, Dallas and South Carolina, the Organ Historical Society’s Boston Convention, St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal and as part of the first-place winning team of the Festival Orgue et Couleur’s inaugural improvisation competition in Quebec. Currently he is associate professor of music at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, co-artistic director of the Bach-Academie de Montreal, and director of music at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul.
Matthew Wadsworth, Lute (England) Top
Matthew Wadsworth is in great demand as a soloist, continuo player and chamber musician. He has appeared at major festivals in the UK, Europe and North America and can frequently be heard on radio, both in live performance and on disc. Matthew is delighted to have recently been taken on as a solo artist by Channel Classics, and their first collaboration, ’Masters of the Lute’ has just been released. Matthew studied lute with Nigel North at London’s Royal Academy of Music, winning the London Student of the Year award in 1997 for his work on the development of Braille lute tablature. He spent a year at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and now has a post at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Wadsworth was recently made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and was nominated by The Independent as a "Rising Star for 2005".
Julia Wedman, Violin (Saskatoon) Top
Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Julia has performed all over Canada, the U.S.A, Europe, South-East Asia and New Zealand. As a student, she developed a passion for period performance, inspired by her work at Indiana University with baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie, as well as studies at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. She performs with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and is a member of the innovative young baroque ensemble I FURIOSI, deemed "hip and madly entertaining" by the National Post. Julia is a member of the the Eybler Quartet, a period instrument group whose focus is rarely heard classical works. She is also one quarter of the dynamic Kirby String Quartet, who perform everything from Purcell to John Zorn,
on both period and modern instruments. Julia will be performing as a soloist this season with Tafelmusik on tours of Canada and the U.S.A, in addition to a solo engagement with the Etobicoke Philharmonic.
Alexander Weimann, Harpischord (Berlin) Top
The German harpsichordist and conductor, Alexander Weimann, studied musicology, theatre theory, medieval Latin, organ, church music and jazz piano in Munich from 1985 to 1990. In 1997, his group Le Nuove Musiche won first prize in the early music competition Concorso Premlo Bonporti in Rovereto, Italy. In recent years Alexander Weimann has established a reputation as one of the leading harpsichordists and ensemble leaders of his generation. He has performed throughout Europe, Canada and the USA, and has appeared at prominent festivals and concerts in Berkeley, Boston, Tanglewood, Washington, Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Göttingen, Halle, Karlsruhe, Ludwigsburg, Schleswig-Holsteln, Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Utrecht, etc. He is a regular member of Tragicomedia and also appears as frequent guest artist with Cantus Cölin, Ensemble 415, Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, and Tafelmuslk, among others.Weimann currently lives in Berlin.
Elly Winer, Viola (Canada) Top
Elly Winer, a member of the Tafelmusik since 1985, is proudly playing his 20th season with the orchestra. With Tafelmusik he has performed solos and chamber music on both the viola and the viola d’amore. He has played, toured, and recorded with many other early music ensembles, including the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, the American Bach and Classical Soloists, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal, and Apollo’s Fire. Elly developed a programme for Tafelmusik’s MozartFest: Amadeo - Mozart in Italy which was presented in February 2006. Before joining Tafelmusik, Elly lived in Halifax, serving as principal violist with the Symphony Nova Scotia.
Cristina Zacharias, Violin (Canada) Top
Since the beginning of her professional career in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadian violinist Cristina Zacharias has traveled the world, played on more than 25 recordings, made TV and movie appearances, and performed in churches, bars, barns, palaces, schools, and concert halls. Her life-long interest in early music and period performance came to the forefront in Montreal while she was completing a Master’s degree in chamber music, and has been one of her passions ever since. Currently, Cristina lives in Toronto, and is a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. She collaborates frequently with musicians and ensembles of all descriptions, in Canada, the US and Europe. Cristina has recorded for the BIS, Analekta, ATMA, NAXOS and CBC labels.
Adrian Butterfield, (cont...) Top
Adrian Butterfield leads two chamber ensembles in London. The London Handel Players perform regularly at
festivals throughout Europe and have made several appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music
Festival. Their two recent recordings, the first of Handelís Op.5 trio sonatas and the second
entitled ‘Handel at Home’, both for Somm, have received rave reviews. The Revolutionary Drawing
Room specializes in classical and romantic music on period instruments, has recorded quartets
by Boccherini and Donizetti for CPO, broadcast repertoire from Telemann to Mendelssohn for
the BBC and has performed in North America and across Europe.
Recent highlights include rare performances on period instruments of the Beethoven Violin
Concerto with the Hanover Band, conducting performances of Handel’s La Resurrezione in
the London Handel Festival and Purcellís The Fairy Queen in Romania, several concerts with
Emma Kirkby and the London Handel Players in the UK as well as appearances at the Wigmore
Hall and Goettingen Handel Festival.
He works regularly with the Southbank Sinfonia, is Professor of Baroque Violin at
the Royal College of Music in London and directs the RCM Baroque Orchestra.
Adrian now teaches on the Aestas Musica Baroque Course in Croatia.
Future plans include the release of recordings of sonatas by Leclair (Naxos) and
Handel’s Op.2 trio sonatas (Somm) and conducting Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di
Anima e Corpo in Romania. He has also been invited to appear with the Croatian Baroque
Ensemble, the Ottawa Baroque Consort and in the ‘Clavecin en Concert’ series in Montreal.
“Adrian Butterfield was the outstanding soloist in Beethovenís Violin Concerto,
his exquisite sense of musical line and phrasing matched by a lovely singing tone
quality achieved through the minimal use of a gentle vibrato - reflecting
contemporary records of the expressive singing quality of the original soloist,”
Franz Clement. (Early Music Review, 2006)
“Adrian Butterfield plays beautifully throughout and is lent wonderful support
by Katherine Sharman and Laurence Cummings. This should be required listening for anyone
playing these works.” (Early Music Review, 2008, Handel Violin Sonatas)
“... these three outstandingly gifted players are at the peak of their collective
form.” (International Record Review, 2008, Handel Violin Sonatas)