Instrumentalists 2015


Kathryn James Adduci   Trumpet

Kathryn Adduci Kathryn James Adduci has performed with numerous professional groups in Australia, including as a soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and with other orchestras in Malaysia, Canada, and the United States. She is highly regarded for her work with historical instruments, playing with period-instrument groups such as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra.

With degrees from the University of Western Australia, the University of Georgia and the University of North Texas, Adduci is currently Associate Professor of Trumpet and Brass Area Coordinator at San José State University. She can be heard on numerous recordings, including as featured soloist on the CD Forte e Dolce with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and on the soundtrack to the Disney movie Casanova.

Elizabeth Blumenstock   Violin, Leader

Elizabeth BlumenstockElizabeth 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 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.

Gretchen ClaassenGretchen Claassen   Violoncello

Gretchen Claassen, a versatile chamber musician, often appears as a cellist, Baroque cellist and viol player in diverse groups around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She has recently performed with the American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Pacifica, Wildcat Viols, Nash Baroque, and Karl Cronin and the Americana Orchestra She is a founding member of the period ensembles MUSA and the Alchemy Trio, as well as the pop/classical crossover ensemble Cello Street Quartet, with whom she recently embarked on a tour of Hungary, Kosovo, and Russia sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

A graduate of the Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Gretchen has been named the winner of American Bach Soloists’ Jeffrey Thomas Award, and will perform as a featured soloist with that ensemble in May of 2015.

Rob DigginsRob Diggins   Violin, Viola

Rob Diggins is a principal player with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, directed by Monica Huggett, and is featured soloist on their recording of J.S. Bach concerti. In addition to regular performances with our Festival, he also performs with the Baroque orchestras Musica Angelica and Wiener Akademie, directed by Martin Haselböck, and with the Magnificat San Francisco, directed by Warren Stewart.

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. In these roles he has joined his students in making a pledge to eradicate violence. He is further committed in 2015–16 to extensive recording of the standard classical violin repertoire and the traditional oral teachings from the Nada Yoga Parampara.

Jolianne von EinemJolianne von Einem   Violin

Jolianne von Einem performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Archetti Strings, Musica Angelica, Les Coversations 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 recently recorded the double violin concerto by J.S. Bach, which is soon to be released 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 the Audioquest label.

Judith LinsenbergJudith Linsenberg   Recorder

Judith Linsenberg, a leading exponent of the recorder, has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. She has been featured with such leading American ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Operas, Philharmonia Baroque, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, and the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals, among others.

Linsenberg is artistic director of the Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica, whose recordings on the Virgin Classics, Dorian and Solimar labels have received international acclaim; she has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi USA, Koch International, Reference Recordings, Musical Heritage Society, and Hännsler Classics. She holds a doctorate in early music from Stanford, and has been a visiting professor at the Vienna Conservatory and at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Christopher Matthews   Flute

Christopher MatthewsChristopher Matthews, whose performances have been described by the New York Times as “excellent,” “vividly played,” and “a kind of aching, textless, soliloquy,” began his professional studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California, Yale, Juilliard and SUNY Stony Brook. His principal flute teachers over the years have included Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Jim Walker and Sandra Miller.

Equally adept on modern and Baroque flute, Matthews has performed under early music luminaries such as Ton Koopman, William Christie, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan and Jordi Savall, and under composers and conductors such as Krzysztof Penderecki, John Corigliano, John Williams, Aaron Kernis, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert and Bernard Haitink. He has performed from Asia to Europe and around the United States, including in Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Cincinnati’s Music Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and Galapagos Art Space.

Andrew McIntosh   Violin, Viola

Andrew McIntoshAndrew 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, Cornucopia Baroque, Scott Pauley from Chatham Baroque, Les Surprises Baroques, Tesserae, Preethi de Silva and Con Gioia, and harpsichordist Arthur Omura.

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. A native of rural Northern Nevada, McIntosh is currently based in the Los Angeles area, where he enjoys a wide variety of writing, performing, teaching and recording activities.

Kathryn MontoyaKathryn Montoya   Oboe

Kathryn Montoya teaches Baroque oboe and recorder at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of North Texas. She appears with a variety of orchestral and chamber music ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Wiener Akademie, Pacific Musicworks, and Apollo’s Fire. She received her degrees at Oberlin Conservatory and the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. While at IU she was the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany.

Montoya has been broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today” and can be heard on the Erato, Naxos, CPO, NCA, Analekta, and Dorian Sono Luminus labels. Recent projects include the Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III on Broadway, concerts and master classes in Shanghai, and a tour of Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe with Philippe Jaroussky, Karina Gauvin and the BEMF Orchestra.

Ramon NegronRamón Negrón   Viola

Ramón Negrón began his musical career at the age of 9 in his native Puerto Rico, going on to graduate cum laude from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance. He was a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra for 16 years, served as conductor of San Diego Youth Symphony Overture Strings Orchestra, and was guest conductor of the Greater San Diego Coterie Community Orchestra. Currently an adjunct faculty member of viola and chamber music at the University of San Diego, he is music director and conductor of the newly formed Kensington Baroque Orchestra.

Negrón has performed with the San Diego Bach Collegium and Long Beach Baroque Orchestra, and at music festivals such as the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico and Prades, France; the Reina Sofia Summer Program in Santander, Spain; and the Sonoma Bach Baroque String Workshop. He recently collaborated with the American Bach Soloists in a recording of Handel’s Messiah at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He has participated in master classes with Bruno Pasquier, Harmut Rohde, Roberto Diaz, Gerald Caussé, Marta Gulyas, Evan Wilson, Luis Biava Sr., the Tokyo String Quartet, Jesse Levine, Elizabeth Blumenstock and Robert Mealy, among others.

Adam PearlAdam Pearl   Harpsichord

Adam Pearl, a specialist in early keyboard music, has performed as a harpsichordist and conductor throughout the United States and in Europe, South America and Asia. A member of the Early Music faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, he has been principal harpsichordist for the Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra since 2005, and performs with ensembles such as Chatham Baroque, the Folger Consort, American Bach Soloists, Bach Sinfonia and Modern Musick, in addition to playing with various modern symphony orchestras. As a soloist, he has presented recitals at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, the Smithsonian Institute and the Flint Collection, and has recorded on the Chandos, Dorian and Plectra labels.

A lover of Baroque opera, Pearl has directed numerous productions with American Opera Theater and Peabody Chamber Opera. From the keyboard he has led performances of Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cavalli’s La Calisto and La Didone, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, and Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Giulio Cesare, as well as fully staged productions of Handel’s oratorios Messiah and Jephtha. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance, and both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in harpsichord performance, all from Peabody. He is a laureate of the 2001 Jurow and 2004 Bruges international harpsichord competitions.

Ian PritchardIan Pritchard   Organ, Harpsichord

Ian Pritchard earned his Bachelor of Music degree in harpsichord performance at Oberlin, then moved to London in 2000 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated with Distinction. While in Europe he performed with groups such as Florilegium, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment, the Orquesta Nacional de España and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and as a chamber musician with Monica Huggett, Rachel Podger and Peter Holtslag, among others.

Pritchard has appeared frequently on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC 2 production “Vivaldi Unmasked,” and has won prizes in several international harpsichord competitions. In 2003 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research early keyboard music in Italy. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Historical Musicology at USC. He is organist and director of music at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pasadena, and is involved with the early-music groups Tesserae (of which he is a founding member) and Les Surprises Baroques.

David ShostacDavid Shostac   Flute

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.

Janet Worsley StraussJanet Worsley Strauss   Violin

Janet Worsley Strauss enjoys an active career as a leading Baroque violinist in Los Angeles. She has performed with the Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale, is a principal member of the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and is co-founder of the chamber ensemble Angeles Consort. Strauss often appears with Seattle Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Trinity Consort (Portland, Oregon), where she has worked with Monica Huggett, Eric Milnes, Reinhard Goebel, Paul Goodwin, and Richard Egarr.

Strauss has performed with the American Bach Soloists, Musica Pacifica, San Francisco Bach Choir, Magnificat, Camerata Pacifica, and Galanterie. She has performed at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Tage Alte Musik Regensberg, and the Brighton Early Music Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from USC and has recorded for Koch, Centaur, and Loft.

Heather Vorwerck   Viola da Gamba, Violoncello

Heather Vorwerck 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.

Leif WoodwardLeif Woodward  Violoncello

Leif Woodward is a Pi Kappa Lambda alumnus of the USC 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 Vanguard 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, Les Surprises Baroques, 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, and participates in chamber music series at the Getty Museum, LACMA, Le Salon de Musiques, and the Redlands Chamber Music Society.

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