Gabriel Arregui Harpsichord, Organ
Arregui holds degrees from the University of Southern California (Collaborative Piano) and Loma Linda University (Organ Performance). His professors have included Gwendolyn Koldofsky,
Brooks Smith, and Jean Barr (Collaborative and Solo Piano), Anita Norskov Olson (Solo Piano), Malcolm Hamilton (Harpsichord), and Donald J.
Vaughn and Thomas Harmon (Organ). While at USC, he won the Hans Schiff Memorial Scholarship
for excellence in chamber music, as well as the award for outstanding
graduate from the Accompanying Department.
Arregui has appeared in recital with sopranos Julianne Baird and Rosa
Lamoreaux, has taught 18th-century counterpoint at La Sierra University, and has performed
for Queen Elizabeth II. He recently performed in the orchestra for the San Diego Opera production of John Adams’s Nixon in China. He currently serves as an organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego, where the magnificent organ provides him many opportunities to practice his latest passion: improvisation. He has
been with our Festival since 1994, performing at one time or another
in each of the five concerts.
Elizabeth Blumenstock Violin, Director
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 Juilliard in 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.
Rob Diggins Violin, 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.
Michael Kaufman Violoncello
Michael Kaufman was the cello soloist for the opening of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater and has performed at Carnegie Hall. He has participated in several chamber music festivals including Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, and Verbier. Last season, he performed the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the Saddleback Symphony and premiered a concerto by USC faculty composer Sean Friar with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Kaufman earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California and his bachelor’s from the Eastman School of Music. He is a founding member of the cello quintet Sakura, artistic director of the Los Angeles-based Sunset ChamberFest, and associate principal cellist of the Redlands Symphony. He teaches on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University. His principal teachers have been Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Doane and Alison Wells; he has also received valuable guidance from Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin, Thomas Adès and David Geringas.
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.
McIntosh’s compositions have been featured at major venues across Europe and the United States, and he has received commissions from performing groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Industry Opera Company, Calder Quartet, and Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. Based in the Los Angeles area, he currently serves on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts teaching violin, viola, composition, chamber music and Baroque performance practice.
Ian 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.
Marc Schachman Oboe
Marc Schachman, one of the world’s leading performers on early oboes, is a founding member of some of America’s foremost period instrument chamber groups, including the Aulos Ensemble (founded in 1973), Amadeus Winds (1983) and Helicon Winds (1994). He has performed and recorded as principal oboist and soloist with virtually all of this country’s early-instrument ensembles, including the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), the Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), Boston Baroque, the American Classical Orchestra (New York), and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra (Washington, DC).
A resident of New York for over 30 years, Schachman recently moved back to the Bay Area, where he has co-founded the Cantata Collective, a group dedicated to performing all the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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.
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 last year.
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.