Elizabeth Blumenstock   Conductor

Elizabeth 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, and the Goettingen Handel Festspielorchester. 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, Trio Galanterie, and Les Surprises Baroques. 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.

Post Office Box 838 | Corona del Mar, CA 92625-0838
Tel. (949) 760-7887 |
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