Blumenstock is a longtime concertmaster, soloist and leader with the Bay Area’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra 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, at the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and at the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, California. She began teaching Historical Performance at Julliard last fall. 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.
Corey Carleton Soprano
Corey Carleton is a native Californian who specializes in Baroque music. Her clear, agile voice has been described as “bell-like” by the San Jose Examiner and “glassy-toned” by the East Bay Express. She has performed around the United States and internationally in the early-music genre as both a soloist and ensemble musician with orchestras and chamber groups such as Tesserae, Musica Angelica, Musica Pacifica, Faire Viols, Ensemble Vermillion, and the Grammy Award–winning Los Angeles Chamber Singers.
Since 2006 Carleton has also been a member of Les Violettes, a Bay Area–based chamber ensemble that champions French Baroque music. She can be heard on recordings released on the Harmonia Mundi and Naxos labels. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 13-year-old daughter.
Pablo Corá Tenor
Pablo Corá holds music degrees from Ithaca College and Indiana University. Originally from Buenos Aires, he has performed at the Argentine Colón Theatre, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, among many others, and locally has sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Singers, Musica Angelica and the Concord Ensemble. He has often collaborated with period ensembles such as the Folger Consort, Piffaro and Camerata Pacifica Baroque in works ranging from Renaissance Florentine songs to operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
Corá’s recording credits include work for the Harmonia Mundi label with Paul Hillier’s Theater of Voices and the Pro Arte Singers, for Dorian with the Concord Ensemble and Piffaro, and the recent release of Steve Reich’s You Are (Variations) on Nonesuch. He was featured in last year’s Grammy-winning recording Padilla: Sun of Justice with the Los Angeles Chamber Singer’s Cappella. Upcoming recording releases include Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations for Nonesuch.
Rob Diggins Viola
Rob Diggins is a principal player with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Music Angelica. He performs regularly with the jazz trio RLA; Wiener Akademie, directed by Martin Haselböck; and Magnificat San Francisco, directed by Warren Stewart. He was a featured artist on the recently released folk album Roses in the Snow and Drought and performed on Joanne Rand’s Southern Girl. His many recordings include solo work on a recent Portland Baroque Orchestra recording of the complete string concerti of J.S. Bach, and he was featured as viola soloist in the 2013 film Giacomo Variations starring John Malkovich.
In addition to his performance schedule, Diggins maintains a flourishing private teaching studio. He is a Bhaktin (devotional musician) and a Samayacharin guided by the Himalayan yoga tradition Parampara. Last November he completed his 500-hour, Level 2 certification in the practice of yoga philosophy in Rishikesh, India. When not on the road, he enjoys attending to various sustainable gardening and community projects in Northern California.
von Einem Violin
Jolianne von Einem performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Archetti Strings, Musica Angelica, Les Conversations Gallants, and Magnificat. She has toured South America, Mexico, US and Canada with John Malkovich, the Weiner Akademie and Musica Angelica in The Infernal Comedy and Giacomo Variations. She recorded the double violin concerto of J.S. Bach in a 2015 release by the Portland Baroque Orchestra.
With degrees from UCLA and USC, von Einem studied violin with Alex Treger and Alice Schoenfeld, and Baroque violin with Monica Huggett. She toured and recorded in Europe with Hausmusik and Huggett’s Trio Sonnerie, and in Japan with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, recording and filming half of Mozart’s symphonies under Ton Koopman. Among her many other recordings are the acclaimed CD of Mendelssohn’s Octet
with Hausmusik on EMI; Early Music of the Netherlands 1700-1800 with Trio Sonnerie on Emergo; and Eighteenth-Century Music
for Lute and Strings with Trio Galanterie on Audioquest.
N. Lincoln Hanks Tenor
N. Lincoln Hanks thrives in the outer regions of the music spectrum as a composer and performer. He studied performance practice at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, and while there cofounded the Concord Ensemble, an a cappella group that won Grand Prize in the first Early Music America/Dorian Records Competition. He often performs as a singer with the Baroque ensemble Tesserae and other vocal groups in the Los Angeles area, and directs Pepperdine University’s Pickford Ensemble, which specializes in performing new works scored for silent film.
Hanks directs the composition program at Pepperdine, where he is the Blanch E. Seaver Professor of Fine Arts. He has received numerous awards for his compositions, and his dramatic cantata Tegel Passion was recently honored as a finalist for the Lilly Fellows’ Arlin G. Meyer Prize. His works have been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Cyprus String Quartet and the Dale Warland Singers, among many others, and have been featured in many festival programs. His epic solo piano work Monstre sacré was recently featured on New Generations, a solo CD recording with pianist Paul Barnes on Philip Glass’s Orange Mountain Music label.
Julie Jeffrey Viola da Gamba
Julie Jeffrey has been playing the viola da gamba since 1976. Based in the San Francisco area, she has performed and recorded throughout the U.S., in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, and teaches both privately and at workshops in the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the critically acclaimed Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, which has toured extensively and has released three well-received recordings for the Centaur label. She is the creative mastermind of Wildcat Viols, a three-woman trio of viola da gamba performers based in the Bay Area, which she founded in 2001. And, along with early-music specialist Peter Hallifax, she performs in the viol duo Hallifax & Jeffrey, which has been promoting viola da gamba music since 2005.
Jeffrey is co-founder and co-director of the Barefoot Chamber Concerts, a popular early-music series in the Bay Area, and is a co-founder and active member of the Viola da Gamba Society’s Pacifica Chapter. She has also served on the board of directors for the Viola da Gamba Society of America. She has appeared with the Carmel Bach Festival, California and Ashland Shakespeare Festivals, San Francisco Early Music Festival, the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik in Germany, the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico, and the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival in Australia.
Jennifer Ellis Kampani Soprano
Jennifer Ellis Kampani, a soprano who “offers a freshness of voice, fineness of timbre, and ease of production that place her in the front rank of early-music sopranos” (andante.com), is a leading interpreter of the Baroque vocal repertoire. She has performed with the Washington Bach Consort, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and New York Collegium. Her international career has included appearances with period instrument groups such as the American Bach Soloists, Baroque Band, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Apollo’s Fire, Musica Angelica, and the Boston Camerata.
Kampani has been heard in many concert series and festivals including Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims (France), Aston Magna, Da Camera Society, Houston Early Music, Music Before 1800, Carmel Bach, and the Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals. Highlights among the many CDs she has recorded are Kingdoms of Castille, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012; and the works of Chiara Cozzolani, which was a Gramophone editors’ pick in 2002.
Timothy Landauer Violoncello
Landauer was hailed as “a cellist of extraordinary gifts”
by the New York Times when he won the coveted Concert Artists Guild International Award of 1983 in New York. Now principal cellist of the Pacific Symphony, he has won numerous prestigious prizes, among them the National Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Cello Award, the Samuel Applebaum Grand Prize of the American String Teacher’s Association, and the 1984 Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship Award.
Landauer’s extensive engagements include his
highly acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Ambassador Auditorium
in Los Angeles, the Orford Arts Center in Montreal, the City Hall
Theatre in Hong Kong, and in Hannover, Germany. He has performed
as a soloist with orchestras in Russia, Portugal, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
Beijing and Shanghai. In the United States, he has also appeared
with the Maryland Symphony and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra.
Edward Levy Baritone
Edward Levy has been singing in Los Angeles and around the country since the 1980s. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he attended Arizona State University, where he studied organ and choral music. Since moving to Southern California, he has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the LA Opera, has been featured in the Bach festivals in Los Angeles, Carmel and Oregon, and has sung in many local churches and synagogues. He may be heard on many movie soundtracks.
Levy’s wide-ranging solo repertoire includes the music of Perotin and Machaut; cantatas and oratorios of Bach, Handel and Telemann; requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Dvořák, Fauré and Duruflé; and the vocal music of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Penderecki and John Adams. He has been a frequent guest artist and soloist with such ensembles as The Lark Musical Society, Musica Angelica and the Los Angeles Chamber Singers/Capella, as well as a wide variety of other chamber ensembles.
Brett McDermid Bass
Brett McDermid holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. After graduation, he spent several years touring the United States and internationally with various choirs. He has performed with the Concordia Choir, Kentucky Opera, Cornerstone Chorale, the Pallas Ensemble and the Cardinal Singers. He is an original member of the male vocal ensemble Chanson, which has released four studio albums.
McDermid currently sings with the Clarion Singers, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Choir of St. James, LASchola, the De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, the Horizon Chamber Choir, the Pacific Bach Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Chamber Singers. He is a member of the early-music ensemble Tesserae, and works as a TV and internet voice-over artist.
Andrew McIntosh Violin, Viola
Andrew McIntosh is a composer, violinist, violist, and Baroque violinist. Early-music performers with whom he has collaborated include the American Bach Soloists, Bach Collegium San Diego, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Musica Angelica, Les Surprises Baroques, Tesserae and Preethi de Silva. He was recently featured as a Baroque violinist performing solo Bach at the San Francisco Symphony's SoundBox series
Described in the Los Angeles Times as “an explorer into the cracks of intonation and the quirks of symmetry,” McIntosh has composed pieces that have been featured at major venues in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Los Angeles, New York, and most recently at Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series. He currently serves on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts teaching violin, viola, composition, chamber music and Baroque performance practice.
Alexandra Opsahl Cornetto
Alex Opsahl studied recorder with Peter Holtslag and Daniel Bruggen at the Royal Academy of Music, and cornetto with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She was the winner of the 2003 Moeck Solo Recorder competition, the 2001 and 2003 RAM Early Music Prizes, and the 2003 Hilda Anderson Dean Award. She has performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Boston Early Music Festival, the Green Mountain Project, Oslo Opera and Glyndebourne Opera. She is music director for the Baroque ensemble Tesserae and is a member of Dark Horse Consort.
Opsahl has recorded Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Minor, RV 441 with the Norwegian period orchestra Barokkanerne, and recently recorded Johan Daniel Berlin’s cornetto concerto with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. Upcoming performances of Monteverdi works this summer include L’Orfeo with I Fagilolini at St. John’s Smith Square in London, Vespers at the Carmel Bach Festival, and Il Ritorno d’Ulisse at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik in Austria.
Pritchard Organ, Harpsichord
Ian Pritchard specializes in historical keyboard practice as a harpsichordist, organist and musicologist. He has performed with many leading early-music ensembles, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Florilegium. As a chamber musician he has won numerous international prizes and has collaborated with leading figures in early music such as Monica Huggett, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Christopher Hogwood, Emanuelle Haïm, Nicholas McGegan, Trevor Pinnock, Kenneth Gilbert and Gustav Leonhardt. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin, then moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Historical Musicology at USC, where his dissertation focuses on early Italian keyboard notation.
Pritchard appears frequently with leading local musical ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Master Chorale, Musica Angelica and the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, and was a founding member of the early-music ensemble Tesserae. His interests include keyboard music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, improvisation, notation and performance practice. He is currently a full-time faculty member at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, and in 2015 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
David Shostac was appointed principal flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975. An alumnus of Juilliard and Tanglewood, he has also served as principal flute of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans symphony orchestras. He has taken part in numerous music festivals, and has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has worked with many prominent conductors, including Eugene Ormandy, Zubin Mehta, Leopold Stokowski, Seiji Ozawa, Karl Richter, Helmuth Rilling and Christopher Hogwood.
Shostac’s most recent recording is Vivaldi Flute Concertos with Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra; his discography also includes J.S. Bach: The Six Flute Sonatas and Masterpieces from the French Repertoire. He is active in the motion picture recording industry and can be heard on hundreds of movie soundtracks. He has taught at USC, UCLA, the California Institute of the Arts, the Aspen Music School and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He is a faculty member of CSU Northridge.
Mary Springfels Viola da Gamba
Mary Springfels began playing professionally at the age of 21 with the legendary New York Pro Musica, and has been at work steadily ever since as a gambist and specialist in music of the 14th century. She has worked with many of the country’s leading early-music ensembles, including the Waverly Consort, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Folger Consort, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Ars Lyrica of Houston, and the Texas Early Music Project. She was also a founder of Les Filles de Sainte-Colombe, Second City Music, Newberry Consort, and Severall Friends.
Springfels was Musician-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago for 25 years, and has made dozens of recordings. She is active as an instructor, having been a Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, and enjoys long-lasting relationships with the SFEMS workshops, Viols West, and the annual Conclaves of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. This year she ran a successful workshop of her own for voices and viols in her home state of New Mexico.
Jimmy Traum Tenor
Jimmy Traum graduated cum laude from Westminster Choir College in 2010. As a student, he performed under the batons of Michael Tilson-Thomas, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Sir Roger Norrington, Christoph Eschenbach, Gilbert Kaplan, John Rutter and John Adams. In 2011, he won the Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical in the off-Broadway show He’s Not Himself. In 2013, he played the lead role in the musical Stay on the Line at Theatre 68 in Los Angeles. In 2016, he made his solo debut at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, performing in Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Durante’s Magnificat.
Earlier this year, Traum performed as the tenor soloist in the Mozart Requiem as part of the Concert of Remembrance organized by St. James in-the-City Episcopal Church. In addition to his work with the St. James Choir, he sings regularly with LASchola, the De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, the Clarion Singers, Tonality, and the Golden Bridge.
Matthew Tresler Tenor
Matthew Tresler holds degrees in voice and conducting from Northern Arizona University and the University of Miami. Praised for his “feathery light acrobatics” (Orange County Register) and “voice of “unearthly beauty” (Miami Herald), he has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, New World Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Les Surprises Baroques, and Early Music Hawaii, among others. An active ensemble singer, he performs with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, Bach Collegium San Diego, True Concord and Vox Humana, and works as a studio singer for film soundtracks in Los Angeles.
Tresler is now in his ninth year as director of vocal music at Irvine Valley College, where he also serves as Academic Chair of Music. He has taught choral music at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona, and was director of music ministries at the Coral Gables Congregational Church in Florida. He has also sung with the Phoenix Chorale and Spire.
Heather Vorwerck Viola da Gamba, Violoncello
Heather Vorwerck is principal cellist with the Bach Collegium San Diego. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Catharina Meints and Peter Rejto and received the E. Russell Award for Excellence in Historical Performance. She earned an MFA in cello performance at Mills College, where she was active in the new-music scene, and studied at the Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands with Jaap ter Linden and Anneke Pols. Most recently she has performed with Musica Angelica, Tesserae and Agave Baroque.
Before her recent move to San Diego, Vorwerck was a freelancer and soloist throughout the Midwest, often performing with Apollo’s Fire and the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. In 2001 she was the viola da gamba soloist for the Rotterdam Baroque Orchestra's production of Bach’s St. John Passion. She can be heard on the experimental-rock studio recording The Happy End Problem with Fred Frith. In San Diego she plays fiddle with the indie-country band Ypsitucky, which was formed in 2015.
Lara Wickes Oboe
Lara Wickes is principal oboist of the Santa Barbara, Pasadena and New West Symphonies. She has performed with the Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon. She works frequently as a recording musician, and can be heard playing oboe and English horn on many motion picture and TV soundtracks.
Wickes’ appearances at music festivals have included the Lucerne Music Festival under the direction of Pierre Boulez, as well as the Spoleto Festival USA, Henry Mancini Institute, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival. She has appeared on TV with several legendary singers, including Prince, Mariah Carey and Andrea Bocelli. In addition to oboe, she plays theremin.
Leif Woodward Viola da Gamba, Violoncello
Leif Woodward is a Pi Kappa Lambda alumnus of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he received the Colburn Foundation Scholarship for studies in Early Music Performance. He holds a doctorate from USC as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He teaches at Mount St. Mary’s University and the Orange County School of the Arts, and has been a guest instructor at USC and the Colburn School of Music.
Woodward frequently performs with Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Santa Barbara Symphony, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Tesserae. He has appeared at the Carmel Bach Festival and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, among others. He has participated in chamber music series at the Getty Museum, LACMA, Les Salons de Musiques and Redlands Chamber Music Society.