MUSICA PACIFICA

BAROQUE ENSEMBLE


photo of Judy Linsenberg Called “the Jascha Heifetz of the recorder,” Judith Linsenberg is one of the leading exponents of the recorder in the US and has been acclaimed for her “virtuosity,” “expressivity,” and “fearless playing.” She has performed throughout the US and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center; and has been featured with such leading ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, the SF and Los Angeles Operas, the Oregon Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, the Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals, and others. The winner of national performance awards, she has premiered several new works for the recorder and has recorded for Virgin Classics, Dorian, Solimar, Navona, harmonia mundi usa, Koch International, Reference Recordings, Musical Heritage Society, Drag City Records (with Joanna Newsom), and Hännsler Classics. A Fulbright scholar to Austria, she was awarded the Soloist Diploma with Highest Honors from the Vienna Academy of Music. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, holds a doctorate in early music from Stanford University, and has been a visiting professor at the Vienna Conservatory and Indiana University’s Early Music Institute in Bloomington.

photo of Shirley HuntCited for his “stylish and soulful playing,” Josh Lee performs on viols and double bass with some of the world’s leaders in period music. Founder of Ostraka, Josh is a member of Musica Pacifica, Les Délices, and The Two, and has performed with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Carmel Bach Festival and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His performances have been heard on Performance Today, Harmonia, and Österreichischen Rundfunk, and he has recorded for Dorian, Koch International, Magnatune, Bear Machine, and Reference Recordings. Praised as “a master of the score’s wandering and acrobatic itinerary” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Josh teaches at workshops across the US, and has been a guest instructor at San Francisco Conservatory, University of California Berkeley, and Peabody Conservatory. Josh is looking forward to a wildly varied concert season, including appearances with The Four Nations, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and a European tour with the indie band Radical Face.

 

Elizabeth BlumenthalBaroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock is widely admired as a performer of interpretive eloquence and technical sparkle. A frequent soloist, concertmaster, and leader with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the Italian ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, she is also a member of several of California’s finest period instrument ensembles, including Musica Pacifica, Trio Galatea, the Arcadian Academy, and Trio Galanterie. She has appeared with period orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States and abroad, and has performed for the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Germany's Goettingen Handelfestspiel, Los Angeles Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Oulunsalo Soi festival in Finland, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, among many others. With over 90 recordings to her credit, she has recorded for harmonia mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics, Dorian, BMG, Reference Recordings, and Koch International. She is instructor of baroque violin at the University of Southern California, and has taught at the International Baroque Institute at Longy, Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, and the Austrian Baroque Academy, and has coached university Baroque ensembles at USC, Roosevelt University, the University of Virginia, and California Institute of the Arts.

Charles ShermanCharles Sherman, harpsichord, is recognized as one of the leading harpsichord soloists and continuo players in the country and has been called a "fluent virtuoso" by the Los Angeles Times. Since 1997, he has been a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Musica Pacifica. Previously, as a member of the Aulos Ensemble (NY) for many years, he toured regularly throughout North America and overseas and recorded extensively. He has also performed with such acclaimed ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, American Baroque (SF), Musica Angelica (LA), Handel & Haydn Society and Emmanuel Music (Boston), St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and Concert Royal (NY), and at well-known music festivals, including Marlboro, Saratoga, the New England Bach Festival, the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, and Aston Magna. Mr. Sherman holds degrees in History and Musicology from The University of Chicago and in Harpsichord Performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Albert Fuller. He is one of today's leading exponents of the art of basso continuo realization and frequently teaches master classes on Baroque accompaniment. His recordings appear on the Dorian, Musical Heritage Society, Koch International, Reference Recordings, and BMG labels.

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