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. Andrewís 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.
Violin, viola d’amore, leader
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 AngelesĖbased
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.
Rob Diggins has performed at home and abroad
on the stage and in the studio with most of the important
turn-of- the-century period instrument orchestras and ensembles.
He currently plays with Les Conversations Galante, Magnificat,
the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Music from Green Mountain,
and the Dizzy Vipers, his gypsyjazz band. While touring
with his wife, violinist Jolianne von Einem, and their daughter,
he studies South Indian classical music with Shree Vidya
Chandramouli and yoga with Swami Veda Bharati and other
senior students of H. H. Swami Rama.
Diggins teaches yoga and meditation in the
Himalayan Yoga tradition and, when not on the road, enjoys
teaching his many talented string students in the Eastern
European classical tradition and attending to various sustainable
gardening and community projects in Northern California.
Michael DuPree Oboe
Michael DuPree studied the modern oboe with Raymond Duste at Stanford University and with Dr. Allan Vogel at the University of California at Los Angeles. After changing to Baroque instruments, he attended the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, where he studied with Ku Ebbinge.
DuPree lives in Los Angeles and performs with Musica Angelica. He has performed and recorded with numerous national ensembles, including the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Bach Choir, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Consort, Orchestra of New Spain, and Philadelphia Classical Symphony. He has participated as tenor oboist in the oboe band and orchestra of the Boston Early Music Festival production of Lully’s Thésée. Internationally, he has performed with Tafelmusik and Les Arts Florissants.
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.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Inga Funck grew up in a musical family and played recorder from early childhood. She studied historical recorders and flutes with Peter Holtslag at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg, and participated in many workshops throughout Europe. She has been featured in solo performances and period instrument ensembles in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Performances with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Walt Disney Concert Hall have included the contemporary piece by György Kurtág Quasi una fantasia, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, conducted by Giovanni Antonini.
Funck has performed as a member of the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Musica Angelica, and is a founding member of Les Folies, a recorder ensemble, playing at the Microfest at REDCAT. She is a founding member of Les Surprises Baroques and serves as the organization’s executive director. She conducts the monthly meetings of the Southern California Recorder Society, the Orange County Recorder Society, and the San Diego Recorder Society, and teaches workshops as well as private lessons.
Shirley Edith Hunt
Edith Hunt embraces life as a multi-instrumentalist and collaborator in the Bay Area. Equally at home on Baroque and modern cello as well as the viola da gamba, she performs extensively with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Wiener Akademie, Agave Baroque, and Bach Collegium San Diego. Recent engagements include performances with Archetti, Berkeley Symphony, Musica Pacifica, Mark Morris Dance Group, Portland Baroque Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.
Hunt holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Southern California. She has been an artist-inresidence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, a visiting teaching artist at California Institute of the Arts, and has given master classes at Cornish College of the Arts and Willamette University. She can be heard on the NCA and Origin Classics labels, as well as on numerous pop/rock albums and feature film soundtracks.
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. Today, as principal cellist of the Pacific Symphony, he can look back on 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
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, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra,
and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
Pritchard Organ, harpsichord
Ian Pritchard has been playing the harpsichord since the age of 13, beginning studies with Susanne Shapiro in his native Los Angeles. He earned his BMus in harpsichord performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, where he studied with Lisa Crawford. In 2000 he moved to London to study with John Toll at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with Distinction and earning the DipRAM for an exceptional final recital. He later continued studies on organ and harpsichord with James Johnstone. Being a dual national citizen of the USA and Britian, he had the opportunity to live in Europe until 2007, performing 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. With Florilegium he has toured in Cyprus, South America, and throughout Europe.
Pritchard has appeared frequently on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC 2 production “Vivaldi Unmasked.” He won First Prize in the 2001 Broadwood Harpsichord Competition and was a prizewinner in the 2003 1st International Harpsichord Competition P. Bernardi in Bologna, Italy. In the same year, he was awarded a US Fulbright Scholarship to Italy to research early Italian keyboard music and to study organ and harpsichord with Andrea Marcon and organ with Liuwe Tamminga. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Historical Musicology at USC, where he plans to write his dissertation on Italian keyboard music, notation, and performance practice in the 16th century. His first solo CD, a disc of 16th-century Venetian virginal music entitled L’arpicordo, has been released on Morphic Resonance Music and is currently available on Itunes as well as on other digital and online stores. He is currently organist and director of music at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pasadena, and is also extremely happy to be closely involved with two exciting new early music groups in southern California: Tesserae (of which he is a founding member) and Les Surprises Baroques.
Mark Robson Piano
Mark Robson has been lauded by the Los Angeles Times as a pianist with “one of the great techniques.” His career has included performance as a keyboard soloist, chamber artist, composer, conductor and vocal coach. He was a regular member of the music staff of the Los Angeles Opera from 1991 to 2005 as an assistant conductor and has worked as a musical assistant at the Salzburg and Spoleto (Italy) festivals. Robson has been on the faculties of USC, Chapman University, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Arts in the capacity of vocal coach and piano teacher. His output as a composer includes works for orchestra, the song cycle A Child of Air (recorded by soprano Patricia Prunty), a set of 24 preludes for the left hand, a bassoon trio, and Dances and Dirges for piano, clarinet and cello.
Robson received degrees from the University of Southern California and Oberlin College and pursued several years of musical study in Paris. His teachers have included Lydia Frumkin, Yvonne Loriod, John Perry and James Bonn. Two of his large-scale music projects have been the performance of the complete Beethoven sonatas and multiple performances of Messiaen’s great piano cycle Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus.
David Shostac, principal flutist and a frequent
soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, has collaborated
as a featured artist with conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Jean-Pierre
Rampal, Iona Brown, Christopher Hogwood, Cristof Perick, Gerard
Schwarz, Claudio Scimone, Karl Richter, Helmut Rilling, Jorge
Mester, Henryk Szeryng, Jeffery Kahane, and many others. Solo
appearances have included the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center’s
Mostly Mozart Festival, the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico,
the Aspen Music Festival, the Ojai Festival, the Stratford (Ontario)
Festival, and the Carmel Bach Festival.
Shostac holds a master’s degree from Julliard,
where he studied on a scholarship with Julius Baker. He has
recorded on the Crystal, Angel, Nonesuch, Excelsior Records
and Columbia labels, most recently J.S. Bach: The Six Flute
Sonatas with harpsichordist Igor Kipnis and cellist John
Walz. He played the flute solos on the 2006 Academy Awards show,
heard by over one billion people, and will perform his own Carmen
Fantasy for solo flute and orchestra at the National Flute
Association Convention in Albuquerque this August. Formerly
a faculty member at the University of Southern California and
currently on the faculty of California State University Northridge,
he is the author of Super Warm-ups for the Flute, and
his recording of the Vivaldi flute concertos with the Song of
the Angels Flute Orchestra has just been released on CD.
Janet 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.
Lara 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.
Leif Woodward Violoncello
Leif Woodward holds a Doctoral degree from USCís Thornton School of Music, where he graduated Pi Kappa Lambda, as well as Masterís and Bachelorís degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He performs with Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Les Surprises Baroques, Santa Barbara Symphony, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Tesserae. He appears at the Carmel Bach Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and on chamber music series at the Getty Museum, LACMA, Les Salons de Musiques, and Redlands Chamber Music Society.
Woodward has been a guest lecturer at USC and the Colburn School, and is on the faculty for orchestra and chamber music at the Orange County High School of the Arts and Long Beach Poly High School. He adjudicates for competitions such as the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards, MTAC State Finals, CMEA, and the Long Beach Mozart Festival.
Adriana Zoppo Violin, viola d’amore
A winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions of the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters on viola d’amore, Los Angeles native Adriana Zoppo performs professionally on violin, viola, baroque violin, Baroque viola, and viola d’amore. In addition to performing in the string sections of the Santa Barbara, Pacific and Long Beach Symphonies, and with the Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale and other symphonic groups, she appears frequently on the Glendale Noon Concerts series, where she is Director of the early-music Ergo Musica subseries, and with numerous chamber ensembles in the Southern California area. She also plays with the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Les Surprises Baroques, Bach Collegium San Diego, and the Los Angeles Baroque Players. A member of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra for several years, she has served on the faculty of the Maud Powell Festival as Baroque violin performer and teacher.
Zoppo has played in numerous motion pictures and television shows, solo artist recordings, Broadway musicals, and live shows encompassing musical styles from classical to jazz. She currently plays for the TV shows American Idol and Mad Men, and played viola d’amore on the soundtrack of the newly released film After Earth.