Emily Hale, baroque violin/musical curator
Baroque violinist Emily Hale enjoys collaborating and connecting with people and ideas through music. In addition to performances with The Sebastians, Four Nations, Emmanuel Music, and on the BBC, Emily curates engaging concert experiences sparked by a sense of curiosity and adventure. Her interdisciplinary projects include Vanitas, exploring differences between live and recorded performance through music and art of the 17thc. and today, and collaborations at the National Gallery. Emily earned a Masters in Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music, winning the McKenna Prize.
Julia Connor, baroque violin
Julia Connor began playing violin at the age of 10 after her parents were forced to admit that her constant air fiddling wasn’t “just another phase.” Since then, she has played in concert halls (most recently at (le) Poisson Rouge and the Metropolitan Museum of Art), on the radio (County Clare, Ireland), and in a mountain pass in the Alps (long story). Julia is co-founder of the violin and piano duo Room to Spare, which creates and performs music that blends classical, jazz, folk, and improvisation. She is also a founding member of the Berwick Fiddle Consort, an early music ensemble that explores the intersections between fiddle traditions and historically informed performance.
Lisa Goddard, baroque viola
Lisa Goddard (violin) is an avid orchestral and chamber musician on both historical and modern instruments. Lisa plays regularly with the Portland Symphony in Maine, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Boston Ballet Orchestra, and can also be heard with the Handel and Haydn Society, Orchestra of Indian Hill, and Ensemble Parallax. She is a founding member of Cardamom Quartet, a Boston-based ensemble engaged in reimagining the traditional canon and committed to sharing music with a wide variety of audiences. Lisa runs a Suzuki violin program (the Goddard Violin Studio) from her home in Jamaica Plain. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Oberlin College and Conservatory.
Ben Swartz, baroque cello/viola da gamba
Equally at home on cello, Baroque cello and viola da gamba, Benjamin Swartz performs with an emphasis on historically-informed performance and avant-garde contemporary performance practice. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University (BA/MA, American History), Ben was a DAAD Scholar to Germany as well as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow to Amsterdam. His festival credits include Aspen, Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, Manchester, Aldeburgh, Darmstadt, and Aurora. His primary teachers were Anner Bylsma and Pieter Wispelwey in Amsterdam, Mats Lidström and Jonathan Manson in London, and Alison Wells & John Moran in Baltimore. A sought-after teacher and clinician in the Boston area, Ben is on faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, South Shore Conservatory, Ipswich and Rockport High Schools. During summers Ben teaches at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory, and has been on faculty at the Killington Chamber Music Festival. www.benswartz.net
Daphne Manavopoulos, baroque violin
Violinist Daphne Manavopoulos began violin lessons at age 3 in Montreal, and developed an interest in Historical Performance practice while completing her undergraduate studies in modern violin.
Deciding to pursue that path, she moved to London when she completed her Master’s degree in Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where her primary teacher was Walter Reiter. She has also studied with Margaret Faultless, Rachel Podger, Jeanne Lamon, Adrian Butterfield and Julia Wedman.
She has performed with ensembles such as Florilegium, The Hanover Band and Charivari Agréable, and people such as Ashley Solomon, Laurence Cummings, Margaret Faultless, Adrian Butterfield and Dame Emma Kirkby.
Some of her main interests include the connection between historical performance in music and ballet, and the introduction of early music concepts to young students.
Daphne is currently on the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory in Boston.
Kinnon Church, double bass
Kinnon Church has had the opportunity to perform with Placido Domingo, clarinet legend Brad Terry, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony, Cape Symphony Orchestra, Ogunquit Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre, and has given numerous world and regional premiers of works including Sir Tim Rice's "From Here to Eternity" and "Ghost the Musical".
Kinnon has studied with Erik Higgins (Handel and Haydn Society, Aarhus Symphony) and Bronek Suchanek (Artie Shaw Orchestra, George Russell). Kinnon has also participated in masterclasses with Dave Douglas and Petru Iuga). In his free time, Kinnon loves hacking through Brahms and Schumann piano works, biking, and beer.
Alastair Thompson, harpsichord
Alastair Thompson (harpsichord) is a founding member of Cavalier Consort, devoted to 17th century English music for viols and organ. He belonged to Fourscore, Heliotrope Consort, and Patalena, and has been a guest artist with Seven Times Salt, Ensemble Musica Humana, Les Enfants Terribles, the Zelenka Project, and the Weckmann Project. His 2010 collaboration with Seven Times Salt, featuring music from 18th century Scotland, was aired on WGBH radio and will be revived in Spring 2019. He pursued graduate studies in 17th century French cultural history at Tufts University, and has also studied and performed renaissance, baroque, and Scottish dance. In April 2011 he co-directed a staged performance of Matthew Locke's 1657 masque Cupid & Death.
Alenka Donovan, baroque violin
Boston-based violinist Alenka Donovan is equally at home with Biber and Bartok,and maintains an active performance schedule in orchestral, chamber, and early music. She has studied historical performance practice under Marilyn McDonald, Judy Tarling, Jeanne Lamon, and Julia Wedman, performing most recently with Renaissance City Baroque, Harvard Baroque, and members of Tafelmusik, as well as with her Boston-based trio. Other recent engagements include the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Ann Symphony. She is currently a Master of Music candidate at the Boston University School of Music under the tutelage of Yuri Mazurkevich and Jane Starkman, having received her undergraduate degrees from Lawrence University and Conservatory.