Early Music Festival & Workshop Faculty
Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. A highly diversified career brings him to the world's most important festivals and concert halls as recital and concerto soloist, partner to several of today's finest singers, and as one of the most visible continuo performers. Born in Chicago, Jory Vinikour came to Paris on a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation to study with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. First Prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public's attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series throughout much of the world.
A concerto soloist with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Nyman, he has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including Rotterdam Philharmonic, Flanders Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic of Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, and Moscow Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Gordan Nikolic, Constantine Orbelian, and Victor Yampolsky. He participated in a recording of Frank Martin's Petite Symphonie Concertante with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Armin Jordan (Suisse Romande, 2005), and also performed the Harpsichord Concerto by the same composer with the Symphony Orchestra of the MDR in Leipzig's Gewandhaus under the direction of Martin Haselböck in January of 2003.
Well- known as an accompanist, he has appeared extensively in recital with artists such as David Daniels (European tour in 2007), Hélène Delavault, Magdalena Kozena, Annick Massis, Error! Contact not defined. et al. He has accompanied legendary Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in recitals in Sweden, Norway, Spain and Paris and at La Scala in Milan. With luthenist Jakob Lindberg, their programme of English and Italian music of the 17th century, entitled Music for a While was released by Deutsche Grammophon in early 2005.
As an active exponent of contemporary repertoire for the harpsichord, he has given the premieres of Toccatas/span> by Harold Meltzer and Régis Campo's Perpetuum mobile, both written for him. With members of the Orchestra National de France, Mr. Vinikour has performed Maurice Ohana's Miroir de Célestine and Manuel de Falla's Harpsichord Concerto (March, 2010, Radio France). He has also given important performances of works by Ligeti, Nyman, as well as several 20th century concerti, including Cyril Scott's Harpsichord Concerto, which Mr. Vinikour prepared and edited for Novello editions.
Mr. Vinikour appears regularly as harpsichordist/ continuist at the Paris Opera, Netherlands Opera, Salzburg Festival, Teatro Real de Madrid, Glyndebourne, etc. and is heard on many recordings from Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, et al. Jory is a regular presence at the Zurich Opera, and has appeared on their stage (disguised as Handel!) with Cecilia Bartoli in Handel's Il trionfo del tempo é del disinganno. He performed Stravinsky's solo harpsichord part in productions of The Rake's Progress at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Paris Opera and Théâtre de la Monnaie.
His recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, released on Delos International in 2001 received excellent reviews throughout the world. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune named it as one of 2001's top ten classical CD's, an honor that was also accorded to Mr. Vinikour's recording of Bach's seven harpsichord toccatas in 1999. Mr. Vinikour's 2009 Delos release of Handel's 1720 Suites for Harpsichord has received wide critical acclaim (American Record Guide naming it the finest recording of these works). Partnering with flautist Joshua Smith, their recording of Bach's sonatas for flute and harpsichord is garnering attention from around the world.
Dr. Paul Miller has performed on Baroque string instruments throughout the United States and Germany. He has lectured at and performed on instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Other notable solo engagements have been in Munich, Germany, with the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and the Bethlehem Bach Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He will be performing as a viola d'amore soloist with the Philadelphia ensemble Vox Ama Deus in 2012, and as a violinist, violist and viola d'amore soloist with Early Music Colorado and Boulder-based Ensemble Seicento in fall 2011. Miller is currently collaborating on a recording project that will chart the history of the viola d'amore over three centuries, with Thomas Georgi of the Canadian-based Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Miller is a committed music educator as well as a performer. The Boulder-based ensemble "Pearl," which he founded in early 2011 has provided extensive performance opportunities for five students during its first year of existence, and will be the ensemble-in-residence of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, Colorado.
Currently serving on the music theory faculty of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Miller holds a PhD from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), a Master's in viola performance (Eastman), and a Bachelor's degree from Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY). Miller studied at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory (Cambridge and Boston) during his undergraduate degree. His research is forthcoming in an issue of Perspectives of New Music.
Ann Marie Morgan - Baroque cello, viola da gamba
Ann Marie Morgan is active internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. A frequent guest with major orchestras and choral societies she has been viola da gamba soloist in the Bach St. Matthew and St. John Passions with the Philadelphia and the Minnesota Orchestras, under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. Her expertise on the viola has been called for at long-standing Bach Festivals in Oregon and Bethlehem as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom and in Europe at the Prague Spring Festival. She has toured with Les Violons du Roy (Bernard Labadie) and continues to be in demand throughout North America.
In addition to concerts and recordings with her own ensemble, Olde Friends, she has performed and recorded with many other early music groups including the Baltimore Consort, Tempesta di Mare, and Cecilia’s Circle. This season marks her second guest appearance as principal cellist of the Dallas Bach Society. She is principal cellist and viola da gamba soloist with the Boulder Bach Festival and frequent guest artist with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. She also expands her musical boundaries as violist da gamba with the front range’s newly-formed “Thyme Quintet” featuring Mintze Wu on violin, Sandra Wong on nyckelharpa, Grant Gordy on guitar and Jayme Stone on banjo.
In live performance Ms. Morgan has been characterized as “a consummate player of this rare instrument (viol), played to perfection” (The Record - Kitchener, Ontario). It has been noted that her sound comes “straight from heaven” (H&B Recordings Direct) and that she “sings beautifully with her instrument and expresses the rustic symmetry of the line with great economy and understatement” (Classical Disc Digest). She can be heard on two dozen recordings, many of those as cellist and violist da gamba with Apollo's Fire: the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. Her solo viola da gamba CD, offering works by French and English composers entitled "Among Rosebuds," was featured for broadcast on the syndicated show "Harmonia." In October of 2010 she joined Grammy-nominated flutist Joshua Smith, harpsichordist Jory Vinikour and baroque violinist Allison Edberg in a recording of the Bach Flute Sonatas with Continuo and the Sonata from the Musical Offering (available on the Delos label).
As a teacher Ms. Morgan has served on the Early Music Faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. She gives master classes at universities across the country, and this season marks her first at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, initiating offerings in Early Music. Ms. Morgan teaches privately and coaches both vocal and instrumental period ensembles in the Denver/Boulder area including the Regis University Collegium and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. Read more of Ms. Morgan's biography focusing on voice and choir.
Anna Marsh is a Baroque wind specialist, who is also fluent in Renaissance, Classical and Modern instruments. Her interests lie principally in the double-reed family, though she also performs on the Renaissance and Baroque recorder. She co-directs the group Ensemble Lipzodes, which recently toured Brazil and Ecuador, subsequently recording two CDs (http://www.lipzodes.org). Ms. Marsh is a doctoral candidate in historical performance at Indiana University (Bloomington) and received bachelor's and master's degrees in bassoon from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), minoring in Germanic languages.
During the last few years, Ms. Marsh has appeared regularly with Ensemble Caprice, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Tempesta di Mare, Seattle Baroque, Opera Lafayette, Washington Bach Consort, Trinity Wall Street, and the Clarion Music Society. She has also performed with the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Voltaire, Apollo's Fire, Foundling, Americantiga, Chicago Opera Theater, the Hollywood Bowl, Banff Centre for the Arts, Musica nel Chiostro, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Boston and Berkley Fringe Festivals, Sante Fe Pro Musica, Aradia Ensemble, and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In 2011, she was invited to perform at Versailles, France, with Opera Lafayette.
Also active as a pedagogue, Ms. Marsh has taught a wide range of students at the Amherst Early Music Festival, San Francisco Early Music Society Baroque Workshop, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Los Angeles Music and Art School, and the Albuquerque Double Reed Workshop. Her recordings can be heard on the labels Analekta, Centaur, Avie, Naxos, the Super Bowl and Musica Omnia.
Born in Florence of Italian and French parents, Céline Ricci first studied in Paris with Ana Maria Miranda and continued her post-graduate studies at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Selected by renowned conductor William Christie for his first elite academy, Les Jardin des Voix, this gifted artist was named one of opera’s promising new talents in 2005 by Opernwelt. She has made numerous appearances for the prestigious Les Arts Florissants and continues to have engagements with them.
Ms. Ricci already has an impressive discography that includes a number of audio recordings and two DVDs. The release of the Terradellas’ opera Artaserse, in which she sings the role of Arbace, garnered a great deal of critical acclaim. In her character’s 8-minute aria, Opernwelt singled out her exciting performance as being a “tour de force” and was described as having “faultless breath control, total security and perfect round tone.”
Céline Ricci’s first solo CD, Cirque, a collection of early 20th century French songs, was released in February 2011 on the Sono Luminus label. She will be part of a forthcoming release on Sono Luminus label with Ars Lyrica on a disc devoted to vocal works by Domenico Scarlatti.
Early music continues to be a major component of Céline Ricci’s performances. Recent operas include Angelica in Handel’s Orlando (Sacramento Opera), Clitia in Handel’s Teseo (Göttingen-Handel Festival), Handel’s Athalia (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (numerous companies) and many others. In 2012 she performed with Les Arts Florissants, Ars Lyrica, Bach Sinfonia and Philharmonia Baroque.
Collaborating conductors include some very distinguished names: Nicolas McGegan, Hugo Reyne, Friedmann Layer, P. Cohen-Akenine, Enrique Mazzola, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Martin Haselbock, Martin Gester, Matthew Dirst, Timm Rolek and others. She has worked with choreographer Sasha Waltz and director Deborah Warner on a number of projects. Her touring has taken her to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Brussels, Israel, Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
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