Bach for Two
November 21, 2013
Bach for Two
Cambridge Concentus is pleased to announce the second concert in their 2013-2014 season: Bach for Two, an intimate performance by co-founder Leon Schelhase and artistic co-director and concertmaster Marika Holmqvist. The hour-long program will feature works for solo harpsichord, solo violin, and violin with obbligato harpsichord accompaniment. Guests are invited to join the musicians for a wine and cheese reception after the performance.
Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G Major, BWV 1021
Adagio from Sonata for Solo Violin in G Minor, BWV 1001
Sonata in A Major for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord, BWV 1015
Marika Holmqvist, whose playing was recently hailed as “mightily impressive...tonally attractive and intellectually secure” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “very deft” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), serves as Artistic Co-Director and concertmaster of Cambridge Concentus, and co-concertmaster of Sinfonia New York and Aradia (Toronto). She has extensively toured the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia performing under conductors such as Joshua Rifkin, Richard Egarr, Andrew Manze and Ton Koopman. Her 20 - odd recordings include the Grammy-nominated Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra. She has led and coached baroque opera productions at Harvard, Cornell, and Brandeis and taught baroque string playing techniques at Rutgers. Her 2013-2014 season includes solo appearances with the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra, performing at the prestigious Carmel Bach Festival, and teaching at the Novia Institute in Finland. Marika holds two masters' degrees (Baroque Violin Performance and Baroque Violin Pedagogy) from the Department of Early Music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and maintains an active private teaching studio in Boston and New York City.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Leon Schelhase holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cape Town and a Master’s degree in Historical Performance from Boston University, where he was a student of Peter Sykes. Mr. Schelhase performed with Emmanuel Music, Ensemble Florilege, and the Gardner Museum Orchestra and also appeared on the band A Far Cry’s first CD, Debut. He is one of the founding members of Cambridge Concentus, an ensemble specializing in the music of Bach; and a recipient of the American Bach Soloists’ prestigious Goldberg Prize. Mr. Schelhase has performed with the chamber ensemble Old City Music, La Rocinante (Colombia), Ars Antiqua, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bach Festival Orchestra, New York State Baroque, and Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY). He is continuo accompanist fellow at the Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin, OH. He has also appeared as guest soloist with the American Bach Soloists (Calif.) and served as assistant conductor in Handel’s Teseo at the Chicago Opera Theater. Mr. Schelhase joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012.