Instrumentalists 2014


Gabriel Arregui   Harpsichord

Gabriel ArreguiGabriel Arregui holds degrees from the University of Southern California (Accompanying and Collaborative Piano) and Loma Linda University (in Organ Performance). His professors have included Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Brooks Smith, and Jean Barr (Collaborative Piano), Anita Norskov Olson (Solo Piano), Malcolm Hamilton (Harpsichord), and Donald J. Vaughn (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.

He has appeared in recital with sopranos Julianne Baird and Rosa Lamoreaux, has taught 18th-century counterpoint, and has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Arregui currently serves as Organist-Choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Encinitas, California. He has been with the Festival since 1994, performing at one time or another in each of the five concerts.

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, the Goettingen Handel Festspielorchester, and the newly formed Los Angeles–based group Les Surprises Baroques.

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, and Trio Galanterie. 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.


Nicholas DaleyNicholas Daley   Sackbut

Nicholas Daley is an active freelance trombonist and sackbut player in the greater Los Angeles area, where he regularly performs with a diverse assortment of groups ranging from orchestras and early-music ensembles to jazz, salsa and pop bands. He attended Oberlin Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree before moving to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California for a Master of Music degree.

During his studies at USC, Daley was a prize-winner at the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Solo Competition, and was honored with the Order of Arete and membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. After finishing his USC degree, he studied early wind band music with Rotem and Adam Gilbert before becoming a founding member of Tesserae, a Los Angeles–based early-music ensemble. He has also performed with the Dark Horse Consort in collaboration with Tenet and the Bach Collegium San Diego.

Rob DigginsRob Diggins   Violin

Rob Diggins is a principal player with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, directed by Monica Huggett, and is a featured soloist on the orchestra’s latest recording of the complete string concerti of J.S. Bach. Last summer he was a featured violist in a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for a film shot on location in Portugal, The Giacamo Variations, starring John Malkovich. He has also toured extensively with the live version of this show.

In addition to performing, Diggins continues his studies and practices with his teachers, Swami Veda Bharati (Himalayan Yoga Tradition) and Shree Vidya Chandramouli (South Indian Classical Music), and their devotees. He also maintains a flourishing private teaching studio, and continues to perform and teach as a bhakta, or devotional musician. When not on the road, he enjoys attending to various sustainable gardening and community projects in Northern California.

Jolianne von EinemJolianne von Einem   Violin

Jolianne von Einem received her musical training at UCLA and USC, where she studied modern violin with Alex Treger and Alice Schoenfeld. Concurrently she studied Baroque violin with Monica Huggett and began dedicating her career to historical performance practices.

She is a member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Magnificat, and Portland Baroque Orchestra, and has also been featured with the Allard String Quartet, American Bach Soloists, California Bach Society, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra; in Europe she has performed and recorded with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Hausmusik, and Trio Sonnerie. Recordings include 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.

Susan FeldmanSusan Feldman   Violin

Susan Feldman, violinist, is an active teacher in Los Angeles and performer throughout the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Robert Lipsett, and a doctorate from USC in early-music performance, where she studied with James Tyler, Ingrid Matthews and Elizabeth Blumenstock. She has devoted much of her professional career to the study of historically informed performance on period instruments.

In 1999, Feldman cofounded La Monica, a period instrument chamber ensemble dedicated to performing music of the Baroque period. She has played with the Baroque Band in Chicago, Seattle Baroque, Los Angeles Baroque and Musica Angelica. She is an active member of the Bach Collegium San Diego, Tesserae, and Les Surprises Baroques. She is currently on the early-music faculty at USC and teaches string performance at the Ocean Charter School.

Timothy Landauer    Violoncello

Timothy LandauerTimothy Landauer was hailed “a cellist of extraordinary gifts” by the New York Times when he won the coveted Concert Artists Guild International Award in 1983. 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 in the National Solo Competition of the American String Teacher’s Association, the 1984 Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship Award, and the 2004 Outstanding Individual Artist Award presented by Arts Orange County.

Landauer’s extensive engagements include his highly acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Orford Arts Center in Montreal and the City Hall Theatre in Hong Kong. He has performed as a soloist with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has appeared with the Maryland Symphony, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew McIntoshAndrew McIntosh   Violin

Andrew McIntosh is a composer, violinist, violist, and Baroque violinist. He is a member of the Formalist Quartet, which is dedicated to adventurous and relevant repertoire and has been performing regularly for seven years around the United States and in Europe. Baroque musicians that he has performed with include the Bach Collegium San Diego, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Musica Angelica, Cornucopia Baroque, Scott Pauley from Chatham Baroque, Les Surprises Baroques, Preethi de Silva and Con Gioia, and harpsichordist Arthur Omura.

McIntosh’s compositions have been featured at major venues in ghe 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.

Alexandra OpsahlAlexandra Opsahl   Cornetto

Alexandra Opsahl studied recorder with Peter Holtslag and Daniel Bruggen at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with honors in 2004. She then studied cornetto privately in Italy with Bruce Dickey, continuing her studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She has performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Emmanuelle Haim, Apollo’s Fire, the Green Mountain Project, Le Studio Musique Anciennes de Montréal, Cappella Artemisia, Musica Angelica, The Whole Noyse, and the American Bach Soloists.

Opsahl has played in filmed productions of L’Incoronazione di Poppea with both Oslo Opera and Glyndebourne Opera, and recorded a Vivaldi recorder concerto with the Norwegian period orchestra Barokkanerne. This summer she is performing in early-music festivals in New York and Berkeley, and in Cincinnati Opera’s production of La Calisto. She is a member of the Dark Horse Consort, and is the Music Director of the Los Angeles–based ensemble Tesserae.

Ian PritchardIan Pritchard   Organ, virginal

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..

Mindy RosenfeldMindy Rosenfeld   Flute

Mindy Rosenfeld is a founding member of the Baltimore Consort, and has been a member of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since 1989. She has performed under director Nicholas McGegan and guest conductors William Christie, Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Parrott, Andrew Manze, Bernard Labadie and Trevor Pinnock. She has recorded extensively and has appeared in Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall.

Rosenfeld is principal flutist with the Mendocino Music Festival and has been a guest artist with Musica Angelica, American Bach Soloists, Trinity Consort, Bach Collegium San Diego, San Francisco Bach Choir, Pacific Collegium, Apollo’s Fire, Opera Lafayette, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, and the Catacoustic Consort, among others. She has a BA in Flute Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and an MA in Modern and Baroque Flute Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory.

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.

She 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.

Amy WangAmy Wang   Violin

Amy Wang is a Baroque violinist who has performed with a variety of early-music groups throughout California, including the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, the Bach Collegium of San Diego, Voices of Music, and the California Bach Society.

Wang maintained her enthusiasm for the violin during her undergraduate years as a Film Studies major at UC Berkeley. She began the transition from modern to Baroque violin under the guidance of David Tayler and Elizabeth Blumenstock and first performed on the instrument at the Berkeley Early Music Festival in 1996. She returned to that festival in 2000 as a semifinalist in the American Bach Soloists’ International Young Artists Competition. While obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, she played in the Early Music Ensemble led by James Tyler.


Lara WickesLara Wickes   Oboe

Lara Wickes is principal oboist of the Santa Barbara Symphony. She performs regularly with many orchestras in Southern California, including the Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, 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 soundtracks.

Her 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, Sarasota Music Festival, and solo performances at the Chintimini Festival in Oregon. She has appeared on television with several legendary singers, including Prince, Mariah Carey, and Andrea Bocelli. In addition to oboe, Lara also plays theremin, and she has performed in Carnegie Hall and Disney Hall on both instruments.

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