Del Valle fine Arts Series presents Archetti Baroque String Ensemble
Archetti will be treating concert-goers to an evening of baroque masterpieces.
Saturday, March 23
2400 1st St, Livermore.
925-373-6800, www.mylvpac.com, >Buy Tickets
Archetti was founded in 2009 by violinist Carla Moore and viola da gambist John Dornenburg to perform the rich chamber concerto repertory of the baroque era. The collective experience and artistry of Archetti’s members allow them to develop distinctive, dynamic and historically-informed interpretations without a conductor. The ensemble’s size is perfectly suited to the bountiful 8-part-book violin concerti of composers such as Vivaldi, Corelli, Handel and Torelli, yet it is also small enough for the intimacy of Bach’s harpsichord concerti.
Archetti (pronounced “ar-keht’-tee”) means “bows” in Italian and naturally alludes to the dominance of Italian string music in the baroque concerto repertory.
John Dornenburg, violone, is a Bay Area performer, recording artist, and educator. As viola da gamba soloist he has performed in Europe, Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand, and can be heard locally with Music’s Re-creation, Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols, and Magnificat. He has also performed occasionally with the San Francisco Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia, the Carmel and Oregon Bach Festivals, and many other groups across the US. He has made over 30 compact discs of solo and chamber music. John holds music diplomas from The Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Salzburg Mozarteum, where his teachers included Wieland Kuijken and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He teaches the viola da gamba at Stanford University, and is Lecturer Emeritus in music history at CSU, Sacramento.
After being one of the leading baroque violinists of his generation, violinist Anthony Martin is savoring his retirement playing with the New Esterházy and the Novello Quartets as well as the cross-over group String Circle. He still plays violin now and again with Philharmonia and with Orchestra of the 18th Century. When he appeared in their first concerts in 1981, both these groups were 3000 miles away from where Mr. Martin lived in Boston. He still teaches the occasional lesson in early violin at Stanford, where as an undergraduate in the 1960s he majored in draft evasion. His wife, Titia, is a Board Certified Music Therapist from the Netherlands. Their three children play horn, harp, and sax, instruments of which their parents have no knowledge or experience.
Carla Moore, described by Strad Magazine as possessing “unerring musicality,” moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from New York City in 1991 when she joined Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She now serves as one of Philharmonia’s concertmasters and soloists, as well as concertmaster and soloist for Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon). In 1989, Carla won First Prize in the 1989 Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music. She has recorded extensively, including highly praised solo performances as well as chamber music. Carla teaches baroque violin and coaches the Baroque Ensemble at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Master of Music Degree from Indiana University’s Early Music Institute where she was a student of Stanley Ritchie.
Davitt Moroney is a Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also University Organist and Director of the University Baroque Ensemble. He has made over sixty commercial CDs, especially of music by Bach, Byrd, and various members of the Couperin family. His recordings have been awarded the French “Grand Prix du Disque” (1996), the German “Preis der Deutschen Schallplatenkritik” (2000), and three British “Gramophone Awards” (1986, 1991, 2000). In 1987 he was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre du mérite culturel by Prince Rainier of Monaco and, in 2000, Officier des arts et des lettres by the French government.
Until 1998 cellist, Tanya Tomkins, lived in Holland for 14 years, where she toured and recorded extensively as a chamber musician. She was the first cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists and has recently recorded all of the Bach Suites. Currently one of Philharmonia and Portland Baroque’s principal cellists, she has performed as soloist with both orchestras. On modern instruments she is a member of the Left Coast Ensemble and appears regularly in summer festivals including Music in the Vineyards Festival and the Moab Chamber Music Festival. She is a member of the Tomkins-Zivian Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio with violinist, Monica Huggett. Tanya teaches at the American Bach Soloists Summer Academy and San Jose State University.
David Wilson has performed extensively with period instrument ensembles in the United States and Europe. An avid chamber musician, he has played with Baroque Northwest and Magnificat, and he is a founding member of Florilegia, the Galax Quartet, Aurora Baroque, and other ensembles. He has taught baroque violin at Indiana University, where he earned the Doctor of Music degree in Early Music, and he holds degrees in violin from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Georg Muffat on Performance Practice, published by Indiana University Press.
Violinist Jolianne von Einem received her musical training at UCLA and USC, where she studied modern violin with Alex Treger and Alice Schoenfeld. Concurrently she studied baroque violin with Monica Huggett and began dedicating her career to historical performance practices. She is a currently member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Magnificat, and Portland Baroque Orchestra, and has also been featured with the highly acclaimed west-coast groups such as the Allard String Quartet, Archetti Baroque Strings, American Bach Soloists, California Bach Society, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. She has traveled to Europe to perform and record with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Hausmusik, and Trio Sonnerie. Recordings include Mendelssohn’s Octet w/Hausmusic (EMI), Early Music of the Netherlands 1700-1800 w/ Trio Sonnerie (Emergo), and Eighteenth Century Music for Lute and Strings w/ Trio Galanterie (Audioquest). For fun she enjoys the family life, old movies, yoga, gardening in Humboldt County, and playing jazz/ bebop with partner Rob Diggins in Cuckoo’s Nest Gypsy Jazz Sextet.
Baroque violinist Alicia Yang has been engaged by both the American Bach Soloists and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since moving to the Bay Area two years ago. Nationally, Ms. Yang has performed with the Seattle and Portland Baroque Orchestras, The Washington Bach Consort, and the Smithsonian Chamber Players, among other ensembles. She recently celebrated her tenth season with the Carmel Bach Festival. Ms. Yang is a graduate of Oberlin College and the New England Conservatory.