Blumenstock, whose performances have been called “rapturous”
and “riveting,” is a frequent violin soloist, concertmaster
and leader with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicholas
McGegan, American Bach Soloists under Jeffrey Thomas, the Italian
ensemble Il Complesso Barocco under Alan Curtis, the Goettingen
Handel Festspielorchester, and the newly formed Los Angeles–based
group Les Surprises Baroques. She has been Artistic Director of
the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar, since 2011.
She studied viola at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, and switched to the Baroque violin in the early ’80s. Her love of chamber music has involved her in several
of California’s finest period instrument ensembles, including
Musica Pacifica, Live Oak Baroque, the Galax Quartet, the Arcadian
Academy, Ensemble Mirable, and Trio Galanterie. She has performed
at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, the Carmel Bach
Festival, the Oulunsalo Soi festival in Finland, and the San Luis
Obispo Mozart Festival, among many others. She has recorded over
100 CDs for Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics,
Dorian, BMG and others.
An enthusiastic teacher, she is an adjunct faculty
member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and teaches
at both the American Bach Soloists Academy and the International
Baroque Institute at Longy. She plays a violin built by Andrea
Guarneri in 1660, in Cremona, which is on generous loan to her
from the Philharmonia Baroque Period Instrument Trust.