Member Biographies

[tabs slidertype="left tabs"] [tabcontainer] [tabtext]Ian Howell – countertenor[/tabtext] [tabtext]Tekla Cunningham – baroque violin[/tabtext] [tabtext]Adam LaMotte – baroque violin[/tabtext] [tabtext]William Skeen – violincello & viola da gamba[/tabtext] [tabtext]Henry Lebedinsky – historical keyboards[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]Praised by the New York Times for his “clear voice and attractive timbre,” San Francisco Classical Voice for the “heart at the core of his soulful sound,” and Classical Voice of North Carolina for his “lovely, supple, and crystal clear” voice, Grammy award winner Ian Howell sings with a warm and seamless tone rarely heard from countertenors. In 2006, he took first prize in the American Bach Soloists International Competition and third prize in the Oratorio Society of New York Competition. Howell not only sings with some the best baroque orchestras in North America (the American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, the Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, and the Choir and Orchestra of Saint Thomas Fifth Ave (NYC) to name a few), but also with such modern groups as the Saint Louis and New Mexico Symphonies, Musica Sacra (NYC), The Oratorio Society of New York, and the Florentine and Opera London opera companies. He holds a Master of Music Degree from Yale University and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and was a member of Chanticleer from 2000-2004.

Mr. Howell’s Artist Website[/tab] [tab]Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin, is a principal player with the American Bach Soloists and Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and is concertmaster of Stephen Stubbs’ Pacific MusicWorks. She is a member of La Monica, an ensemble dedicated to music of the 17th century, and the Novello Quartet, whose abiding interest is the music of Haydn. Cunningham directs the Whidbey Island Music Festival, which produces period-instrument performances of chamber music ranging from Monteverdi to Beethoven. She is a member of the Early Music Faculty at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. [/tab] [tab]

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Adam LaMotte, baroque violin, is becoming well known to audiences throughout the country as a leader of both period and modern ensembles.  He has appeared as soloist, concertmaster, and conductor of numerous orchestras. LaMotte has been hailed by critics an “especially compelling” and “superb violinist” with “exceptional talent,” whose performances are “energetic and exquisite.”

Mr. LaMotte’s Artist Website[/tab] [tab]William Skeen, violincello & viola da gamba, is co-principal cellist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and Musica Angelica. He is co-founder of La Monica and the New Esterházy Quartet, and performs chamber music with Musica Pacifica, El Mundo, Galanterie, and the Philharmonia Chamber Players. Mr. Skeen also performs with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, San Diego Bach Collegium, and the Wiener Akademie. He has served on the early music faculty of the University of Southern California since 2000.[/tab] [tab]Henry Lebedinsky is an active performer on harpsichord, clavichord, and organ, and has played solo recitals across the United States and in the United Kingdom. He is the director of the Rochester, NY-based early music series Publick Musick and performs with The Charlotte Symphony, The Seicento String Band, The Wild Rose Ensemble, and Ensemble Vermillian. He has also performed with Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, Revels, the Harvard Baroque Orchestra, Concertino Ensemble of Rostock, Germany, and Holland’s Ensemble New Amsterdam. Lebedinsky holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the Longy School of Music, where he earned a Master of Music in historical organ performance as a student of Peter Sykes.[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]



An American ensemble dedicated to the music of the Baroque

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