Blumenstock is a long-time concertmaster, soloist and leader with the Bay Area’s Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists; concertmaster of the International Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany; and artistic director of the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar. She is widely admired as a Baroque violinist of expressive eloquence and technical sparkle whose performances have been called “rapturous”
and “riveting.” 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.
Blumenstock’s love of chamber music has involved her in several
accomplished and interesting smaller ensembles, including
Musica Pacifica, the Galax Quartet, Ensemble Mirable, Live Oak Baroque, the Arcadian
Academy, Trio Galanterie, and Voices of Music. 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, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Virgin Veritas,
Koch, Naxos, Reference Recordings and others.
An enthusiastic teacher, Blumenstock conducts classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and teaches
at the American Bach Soloists’ summer Festival and Academy, and at the International
Baroque Institute at Longy. She will begin teaching Historical Performance at Julliard in the fall of 2016. 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.
Elizabeth Blumenstock’s performance and artistic directorship is sponsored by Dr. Susan L. Powers.