Featured Performers - Harpsichord Heaven 2019
Mark Edwards • Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm
First prize winner in the 2012 Musica Antiqua Bruges International Harpsichord Competition, Canadian harpsichordist and organist Mark Edwards is recognized for his captivating performances, bringing the listener “to new and unpredictable regions, using all of the resources of his instrument, [...] of his virtuosity, and of his imagination” (La Libre Belgique). He is Assistant Professor of Harpsichord at Oberlin Conservatory.
He has given solo recitals at a number of prominent festival and concert series, including the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Bozar (Brussels), the Montreal Baroque Festival, and Clavecin en concert (Montreal). He has had concerto performances with a number of award-winning ensembles, including Il Gardellino (Belgium), Neobarock (Germany), Ensemble Caprice (Canada), and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Also an active chamber musician, he is the artistic director of Poiesis, collaborates regularly with Les Boréades de Montréal and Les Délices (Cleveland), and has performed with Tafelmusik, Il Pomo d’Oro, and Pallade Musica.
His début solo CD, Orpheus Descending, was released in 2017 on the early-music.com label and was reviewed warmly. Passaggi (ATMA 2013), his CD with the Canadian recorder player Vincent Lauzer, was nominated for an ADISQ award. His performances have been broadcast by American Public Media, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Klara (Belgium), and Radio 4 (Netherlands).
In addition to his success in Bruges, Mark has distinguished himself as a prizewinner in a number of important competitions, including the 2012 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, the 2011 Concours d’orgue de Québec, and the 2008 Rodland Organ Competition. He is the recipient of academic grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he earned his Bachelor of Music with highest distinction, and completed graduate degrees at McGill University and the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. His former teachers include Robert Hill, William Porter, Hank Knox, and David Higgs. He is currently a PhD candidate at Leiden University and the Orpheus Instituut, Ghent, where his research examines the intersection of memory, improvisation, and the musical work in seventeenth-century France.
Janine Johnson • Friday, April 26 at 8:30 pm
Janine Johnson performs on harpsichord and early piano, is a harpsichord builder and decorator, composer, and landscape artist. As a person with with such diverse interests, it has been a lifelong challenge to find outlets for her passions.
Ms. Johnson began her musical studies on the modern piano, and as a teenager, began playing the harpsichord as well. As a piano performance major (and two dimensional art) at California State University, Northridge, she focused on piano and harpsichord, performing on both. She began building harpsichords in earnest at this time (having made her first, at age 17), and has continued as an instrument maker ever since. For the past 26 years she has been working with renowned harpsichord builder and restorer John Phillips of Berkeley both as a maker and decorator.
Her performing career is primarily based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she gives numerous solo and chamber music recitals, often including original works. She composes solo and chamber music for the fortepiano and harpsichord, and was second place winner this year in the International Alienor Competition for harpsichord composition.
Dongsok Shin was born in Boston and played the modern piano from the age of four. Since the early 1980's, he has specialized exclusively on harpsichord, organ, and fortepiano.
Much in demand as a soloist and continuo player, Mr. Shin has appeared with the American Classical Orchestra, ARTEK, Concert Royal, Early Music New York, Carmel Bach Festival, Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Mexico, has been heard on numerous radio broadcasts nationally and internationally, and has recorded for ATMA Classique, Bridge Records, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Hänssler Classic, Helicon, Lyrichord, and Newport Classic. He was a founding member of the Mannes Camerata, receiving international critical acclaim as music director for their productions of early baroque operas, and he was a member, as well as a guest director of NYS Baroque in Ithaca, NY.
In his spare time, he tunes and maintains harpsichords in the New York area (he is the harpsichord technician for the Metropolitan Opera and tuner of the antique keyboards at the Metropolitan Museum), and he is well known as a recording engineer, producer and editor of numerous early music recordings. He is married to early keyboard player and director of ARTEK, Gwendolyn Toth, and they are the proud parents of three children and one new cat.
Dongsok Shin • Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 pm
Karen Flint • Saturday, April 27 at 2:15 pm
Karen Flint, harpsichordist and Artistic Director of Brandywine Baroque since its founding, has performed as soloist with the Delaware Symphony, Newark Symphony and with the University of Delaware Chamber Orchestra. With her ensemble she has made guest appearances with Coastal Concerts, Chorale Delaware, Mid-Atlantic Chamber Music Society and at the Boston Early Music Festival. Ms. Flint has degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The University of Michigan and teaches harpsichord at the University of Delaware.
Her recordings include: The Complete Works for Harpsichord , vol. 1 of Jacques Champion de Chambonnières; The Complete Works for Harpsichord of Nicolas Lebègue and Jacques Hardel, Complete Works for Harpsichord by Elizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre; Les Piéces de Clavessin by Jacques Champion de Chambonnières; Corelli Violin Sonatas Op. 5, 1-6; Cantates Françoises, Vol. 1; The Complete Harpsichord Concertos by J. S. Bach; Love in Arcadia: Duets and Trios by G. F. Handel; Boismortier Cello Sonatas; Oh! The Sweet Delights of Love: Music by Purcell; The Lass with the Delicate Air and C. P. E. Bach Trio Sonatas on the Plectra label; and The Jane Austen Songbook with Julianne Baird on the Albany label.
Stephen Birkett • Saturday, April 27 at 3:30 pm
Stephen Birkett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
His research interests are in piano design, organology, physical systems, animal growth modelling, and environmental systems.
Professor Birkett has now completed the bulk of his research in early iron and is in the process of starting to draw wire for pianos. He has been working with high-speed imaging of various fortepiano actions. The P-wire has been thoroughly researched, developed and tested over the past decade by Professor Birkett, and is about to enter commercial production. It is drawn in the proportional Nuremburg sizes and has been reported to have the added advantage of natural corrosion resistance.
Duangkamon Wattanasak • Saturday, April 27 at 4:45 pm
Duangkamon “Wan” Wattanasak, a native of Thailand, currently pursues a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harpsichord performance at Stony Brook University. Wan has received numerous awards in recognition of her musical and academic excellence, including the prestigious Princess Soamsawali scholarship, the US Marine’s Semper Fidelis Award, and the Hilldale Research Fellowship. Duangkamon’s research interests focus on the socio-historical contexts of the development of nationalistic keyboard styles. Wan will be conducting archival research and presenting at the musicology research symposium at the Vienna Summer Music Festival this year.
As a harpsichordist, Wan enjoys giving solo and chamber recitals as well as performing in various early music festivals and masterclasses across the United States. She has also been working on conducting with Stony Brook Opera and Stony Brook University Orchestra. Duangkamon received a master’s degree from Stony Brook and a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to shifting her focus to music, Wan held national and international titles and records in swimming while representing her country in many international games. Wan enjoys spending her free time reading, photographing, and practicing martial arts.
Adam Pearl • Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 pm
Harpsichordist Adam Pearl is in demand as a performer of both solo and ensemble music. His performances have been described as “masterful” and “brilliant and expressive.” He has performed throughout the United States with many of the leading early music ensemblesas well as in Europe, South America and Asia. Dr. Pearl has recorded on the Chandos, Dorian and Plectra labels.
Dr. Pearl is professor of harpsichord and historical performance at the Peabody Conservatory. He directs the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble’s singers and is the music director for Peabody’s baroque opera productions. He has taught at various early music workshops, including the Amherst Early Music Festival, the Madison Early Music Festival, and the Rocky Ridge Music Festival.
A lover of Baroque opera, Pearl has directed numerous productions from the keyboard including Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and King Arthur, Cavalli’s La Calisto and La Didone, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Charpentier’s David et Jonathas and La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, Reinhard Keiser’s Pomona, and Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Giulio Cesare, plus fully staged productions of Messiah and Jephtha.
Dr. Pearl earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in harpsichord performance from the Peabody Conservatory. His doctoral research was an exploration of the links between rhetoric, declamation and the harpsichord music of the French Baroque. He is a laureate of the 2001 Jurow and 2004 Bruges international harpsichord competitions.
Arthur Haas • Saturday, April 27 at 9:00 pm
Arthur Haas, widely known as a performer and teacher of Baroque music, studied harpsichord with Albert Fuller at Juilliard and Alan Curtis in Berkeley and Amsterdam, as well as receiving a master’s degree in Historical Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Haas is Professor of Harpsichord, Early Music Performance and Continuo at Stony Brook University and teaches harpsichord at the Yale School of Music.
After receiving the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1975, he continued to live in France until 1983, performing and teaching in many of the major European early music festivals.
Mr. Haas has toured with Marion Verbruggen, Jaap ter Linden, Julianne Baird, Wieland Kuijken and Bruce Haynes. He is a member of the Aulos Ensemble as well as Empire Viols and the newly formed Gold & Glitter, touring the USA and Canada. Annual summer workshop and festival appearances include the International Baroque Institute at Longy, the Virginia Baroque Performance Workshop and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he served as artistic director of the Baroque Academy from 2002-2012.
Denis Herlin • Sunday, April 28 at 1:30 pm
Denis Herlin is Directeur de recherche at the IReMUS (Institut de recherche en musicologie), a subdivision of the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), headquartered at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, in Paris. He is author of several major catalogues, including the Collection musicale François-Lang (1993) and the Catalogue du fonds musical de la bibliothèque de Versailles (1995), and he is co-editor (with Sylvie Bouissou and Pascal Dénécheau) of the ongoing Catalogue thématique des œuvres de Jean-Philippe Rameau (3 vol. published).
With François Lesure, Herlin collected and edited the first complete edition of Debussy’s letters—Claude Debussy, Correspondance 1872-1918—a volume brought to completion by Herlin after the untimely death of François Lesure in 2001.
In 2002 Herlin became editor-in-chief of the Œuvres complètes de Claude Debussy. He has now edited or seen through the press eighteenth of the thirty-six volumes projected for this monumental edition.
While his publications concern French music from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, his current activity centers upon François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and the life and work of Debussy.
He has recently published with Bruce Gustafson a new critical edition of Chambonnières’s harpsichord music (2 vol.) From 2009 to 2011 Denis Herlin was President of the Société française de musicologie.