MUSIC OF THE SPHERES, formed in 2000, has performed across the United States and abroad, including concerts at the 2002 Bloomington and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, and the 2005 San Francisco Early Music Society Series. The group made its European debut at the 2006 Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg, Germany, and was featured in the European chamber music magazine Ensemble. In 2007, they performed on The Frick Collection Series in New York, with a New York Times review and a WNYC broadcast of their concert and interview. Music of the Spheres has been broadcast on Harmonia, Sunday Baroque and Performance Today, and their recordings can be found on the Magnatune label.
JEANNE JOHNSON’s performances on series, tours, festivals and recordings in the United States and abroad have been hailed as “stunningly effusive,” and “delivered with gusto,” resulting in National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and local broadcasts. A winner of an Early Music America Professional Development Award in 2002, Jeanne has been featured on several “Harmonia” and “Performance Today” broadcasts, and gave a recital on the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments series in 2005. She has been concertmaster for the Washington Bach Consort, and has toured and performed with many groups including Chatham Baroque, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque, Brandywine Baroque, Musica nel Chiostro in Tuscany, Bloomington Baroque, the Magnolia Baroque Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Atlanta Symphony. On the other end of the spectrum, Jeanne has toured with Vince Gill and Amy Grant, and has performed and recorded with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Turtle Island String Quartet and guitarist John Jorgenson, spanning styles from country to the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt. Jeanne has served on the faculty of Clayton State University and has maintained a large private teaching studio for twenty years. She has also worked as a radio host for WABE, Atlanta’s classical and NPR station. Jeanne studied with James Buswell and Stanley Ritchie, receiving her bachelor’s degree in performance with honors from Indiana University and her master’s degree with distinction in performance and academics from New England Conservatory.
JOANNA BLENDULF has performed as soloist and continuo player in leading period instrument ensembles throughout the United States. Ms Blendulf holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Alan Harris. In 1998, she was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate for her accomplishments on baroque cello from Indiana University. Ms. Blendulf was a principal cellist of The New World Symphony under Michael Tilson-Thomas and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony. As an early music specialist, she has taught at the University of Oregon as an adjunct professor of musicology and at viola da gamba workshops across the country. She currently performs with the Portland, Seattle and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestras, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists. Ms. Blendulf is an active chamber musician, performing and touring with the Catacoustic Consort, Early Music Vancouver, Ensemble Mirable, Reconstruction, the Streicher Trio and Wildcat Viols. Her award-winning recording of the complete cello sonatas of Jean Zewalt Triemer with Ensemble Mirable can be found on the Magnatune label. Ms. Blendulf’s summer engagements have included performances at the Bloomington, Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, the Aspen Music Festival as well as the Carmel and Oregon Bach Festivals, where she was the viola da gamba soloist
YUKO TANAKA, a native of Tokyo, Japan, is active as harpsichord and fortepiano soloist and ensemble performer. Yuko is a soloist at the Carmel Bach Festival and she performs with numerous ensembles including Music of the Spheres, Bertamo, Ensemble Montichiari, Musica Pacifica, Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists and has appeared at Berkeley Festival and Exhibition and Bloomington Early Music Festival. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet orchestra. She maintains a private studio, conducts master classes, and appears as guest lecturer at various universities. Recent engagements include performances at the Frick Collection (New York City), Tage Alter Musik Regensburg (Germany) and the Istanbul International Music Festival, as well as performances on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts. Yuko received a doctorate in early music from Stanford University and has studied with Margaret Fabrizio at Stanford University, Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Ketil Haugsand in Oslo, Norway. She performs on a Blanchet harpsichord built in 1999 by John Phillips, a Vaundry harpsichord built by Kevin Fryer in 1992, and a copy of a Stein Fortepiano, rebuilt by Janine Johnson and John Phillips. She has recorded with Koch International and Delos International. You can also listen online at magnatune.com.