THE ARTISTS

"Staunton Music Festival recruits musicians from around the world and attracts audiences from up and down the eastern seaboard and beyond." 

- The New Criterion

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    Adam Cockerham

    Lute, Theorbo, Guitar

    Early music artist Adam Cockerham specializes in theorbo, lute, and baroque guitar. He has performed with ensembles such as Trinity Baroque Orchestra, NOVUS NY, Philharmonia Chamber ...

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    Airi Yoshioka

    Violin, Baroque Violin

    Hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as “intrepid and brilliant”, violinist Airi Yoshioka has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a soloist, recitalist and chamber ...

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    Alek Fester

    Oboe, Baroque Oboe, Recorder

    Oboist Alek Fester specializes in performing music from the Baroque through Romantic eras on historical oboes. Alek is much sought after for his interpretations of Bach and Classical ...

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    Alicia Romeo

    Harp

    Praised for her “virtuosity and beautiful tone”, harpist Alicia Romeo enjoys a varied career performing as a symphony musician, chamber musician and recitalist. She currently performs with ...

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    Andrew Willis

    Fortepiano

    For several decades Andrew Willis has explored the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice while maintaining a commitment to the study, performance ...

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    Angela Young Smucker

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Mezzo-soprano Angela Young Smucker has earned praise for her “luscious” voice (Chicago Tribune) and her "robust, burnished timbre" (Chicago Classical Review). Her performances in concert, ...

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    Anna Steinhoff

    Cello, Viola da gamba

    Based out of Chicago, Anna Steinhoff specializes in baroque cello and viola da gamba. She is a member of Second City Musick and Haymarket Opera Company, and was principal cellist of Chicago’s ...

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    Antti Tikkanen

    Violin, Baroque Violin

    Violinist Antti Tikkanen is a versatile musician whose dynamic career spans solo, chamber, as well as baroque performance. Antti was born in Oulainen, Finland, and he began to study the ...

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    Brian Smith

    Percussion

    Praised for his feline-like grace as a percussionist, Brian Smith delivers “committed and energetic” performances with a versatile repertoire including historical, contemporary, and ...

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    Carl Donakowski

    Cello

    Carl Donakowski was a finalist in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. His recital performances have aired on WQXR New York and Südwestfunk Baden-Baden. As a chamber musician ...

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    Carlos César Rodríguez

    Piano

    Acclaimed by the Washington Post as a “powerful…virtuoso…masterful pianist”, Carlos César Rodríguez is a musician of brilliance and versatility, who not only generates excitement in the Hispanic ...

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    Carsten Schmidt

    Artistic Director
    Harpsichord, Piano, Conductor

    SMF Artistic Director Carsten Schmidt enjoys a flourishing career as a pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor, and has performed widely throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. He has been ...

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    Casey Cangelosi

    Percussion, Composer

    Casey Cangelosi is commonly hosted world-wide by educational institutions, music festivals, and educational seminars. Casey has been a visiting guest artist in Italy, Germany, Costa Rica, ...

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    Daniel Moody

    Counterentor

    Countertenor Daniel Moody has appeared in the title opera roles of Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, Arsamene in Handel’s Xerxes, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream ...

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    Derek Chester

    Tenor

    Derek Chester has quickly established himself as a preeminent interpreter of early music and oratorio repertoire. Chester holds voice degrees from University of Georgia and the Yale ...

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    Ed Matthew

    Clarinets

    Ed Matthew has served as guest-principal clarinetist with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, American Classical Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, Clarion Music Society, ARTEK, Grand ...

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    Eric Guinivan

    Percussion, Composer

    Eric Guinivan’s music has been performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia and has received notable honors from BMI, ASCAP, Chamber Music America, the ...

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    Erik Higgins

    Double Bass, Violone

    Erik Higgins, double bass, is a musician known for his versatility and fluency in many different styles and musical languages. After graduating from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in ...

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    Fiona Hughes

    Violin, Baroque violin

    Violinist Fiona Hughes holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music and is Artistic Director of Three Notch'd Road: The Virginia Baroque Ensemble. She is a versatile ...

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    Gene Stenger

    Tenor

    A specialist in the oratorio repertoire, tenor Gene Stenger’s solo concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew ...

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    Heather Miller Lardin

    Double Bass, Violone

    Early bass specialist Heather Miller Lardin is principal bassist of the Handel and Haydn Society and director of the Temple University Early Music Ensemble. Ms. Lardin is a regular member of the ...

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    I-Jen Fang

    Percussion

    Described as an “intrepid percussionist” by Fanfare Magazine, I-Jen Fang has a career as a solo performer, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She joined the faculty of the McIntire ...

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    Ian Zook

    Horn

    Ian Zook, horn, is an active orchestral and solo performer and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is Associate Professor of Horn at James Madison ...

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    Igor Begelman

    Clarinet

    Clarinetist Igor Begelman’s virtuosity and imagination have been praised by critics as “remarkable display of music making” and have earned him an impressive list of prizes, engagements and honors ...

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    Immanuel Davis

    Flute, Baroque Flute

    Immanuel Davis is one of the most versatile flutists of his generation. Equally at home on modern and baroque flutes, Immanuel has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the ...

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    J. P. Jofre

    Bandoneon, Composer

    Native from San Juan, Argentina, JP Jofre is an award winning bandoneon player and composer. He has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading ...

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    James Wilson

    Cello, Baroque Cello

    Cellist James Wilson has performed throughout the world on Baroque and modern cello, appearing at famous venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Vienna’s ...

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    Jan Mueller-Szeraws

    Cello

    Cellist and Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, Jan Müller-Szeraws' solo-engagements have included performances with the New England Philharmonic, Boston ...

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    Jason Fisher

    Viola, Baroque Viola

    Principal violist of Boston Baroque, Jason is a frequent guest with the Handel & Haydn Society, the Seattle and Portland Baroque Orchestras, Byron Schenkman & Friends, Gut Reaction, Oregon Bach ...

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    Jason Stell

    Executive Director
    Music Historian

    Jason Stell, concert commentator and music historian, received his Ph.D. in 2006 from Princeton University with a dissertation on the functions of chromatic pitches in Classic era music ...

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    Kyle Miller

    Viola, Baroque Viola

    Violist Kyle Miller made his concerto debut in 2005 with the Reading (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra as ‘the dog’ in P.D.Q. Bach’s Canine Cantata, Wachet Arf! After that watershed ...

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    Mark Shuldiner

    Harpsichord

    Hailed as a “splendid harpsichordist” (Chicago Tribune) and praised for his “supportive style” and “breathtaking, rapid-fire passagework” (Chicago Classical Review), Mark Shuldiner ...

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    Martin Davids

    Violin, Baroque violin

    Martin Davids founded and directs the Callipygian Players in Chicago, and is concertmaster of Brandywine Baroque, Third Coast Baroque, and Bella Voce Sinfonia. He is principal second violin ...

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    Mary Boodell

    Flute, Baroque Flute

    Mary Boodell is the Principal Flutist of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. Praised as one of the city’s “most versatile and venturesome musicians,” she has won acclaim not only for her orchestral ...

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    Minna Pensola

    Violin, Baroque Violin

    Minna Pensola performs as a chamber musician, soloist and leader. She is a founding member of Meta4 string quartet which is the first prize winner of the 2004 Dimitri Shostakovich String Quartet ...

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    Molly Netter

    Soprano

    Canadian-American soprano Molly Netter enlivens complex and beautiful music, both old and new, with "clear, beautiful tone and vivacious personality" (NY Times). Recent seasons included solo ...

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    Molly Quinn

    Soprano

    Soprano Molly Quinn captivates audiences in a diverse repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to the Rolling Stones. Praised by The New York Times for her “arresting sweetness and simplicity”...

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    Natalie Rose Kress

    Violin, Baroque Violin

    Praised by the New York Times for her “splendid playing,” Natalie Rose Kress is a modern and Baroque violinist based in Washington, D.C. Following three summers as a Tanglewood Fellow, she ...

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    Nicholas DiEugenio

    Violin, Baroque Violin

    Praised as an “excellent” and “evocative” violinist (New York Times), Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile performing life as a chamber musician, leader, and soloist in music ranging from early ...

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    Paul Max Tipton

    Bass-Baritone

    Described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a dignified and beautiful singer, Paul Max Tipton, bass-baritone, performs nationally to acclaim in repertoire ranging from Schütz and ...

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    Roger Roe

    Oboe

    An active chamber musician and recitalist, Roger Roe has played oboe and English horn with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1995 and has served on the faculty of Indiana ...

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    Sara Couden

    Contralto

    Sara Couden, contralto, is very excited to be back in Staunton for this year’s festival. Sara is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, as well as the Yale Institute of Sacred ...

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    Sarah Huebsch Schilling

    Baroque Oboe and Recorder

    Sarah Huebsch Schilling is in demand as a period oboist and performance practice specialist. Sarah performs with period instrument groups throughout the Americas including Chatham Baroque, ...

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    Stephanie Corwin

    Bassoon, Baroque Bassoon

    Based in New York City, Stephanie Corwin enjoys performing and teaching music of the past four centuries on modern and historical bassoons. Her vocation has taken her throughout the US and ...

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    Todd Williams

    Horn

    Hailed by Gramophone for his “impressive horn playing,” Todd Williams is an active performer and educator based in Philadelphia. A leading exponent of the natural horn in America, he serves as ...

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    Virginia Bolena

    Organ

    Virginia Bolena serves as Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church, a post held since 2013. She is also Director of the Girl Chorister Course at St. Thomas Choir School in New York City ...

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    Vladimir Mendelssohn

    Viola

    Vladimir Mendelssohn studied viola and composition at the Music Academy in his home town, Bucharest. He has appeared the world over, as a soloist and chamber musician, composer and arranger and ...

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    Zachary Wadsworth

    Composer

    Zachary Wadsworth is a composer of “fresh, deeply felt and strikingly original” music (Washington Post), with regular performances and premieres around the world. In the 2018-19 season ...

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