MIYO AOKI is a dedicated recorder player and teacher, performing music ranging from medieval to modern and teaching students of all ages and levels. She has performed in the US, Germany, and Poland with groups including Fortunata, Utopia, Affetti Amorosi, and Gamut Bach Ensemble, and is a founding member of the new, Seattle-based group sound|counterpoint. She has also premiered works by contemporary composers Natalie Williams, David Schneider and Agnes Dorwarth.
Miyo holds a KAZ Diplom (Artist Diploma) from the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, where she studied with Professor Han Tol. While living in Bremen, she also maintained a private studio and worked in the musical outreach program “Musik-im-Ohr”, based in the Bremen concert hall, Die Glocke. She holds degrees in both early music performance and mathematics from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Eva Legêne and received the Austin B. Caswell award for her paper on Ars Subtilior music. Miyo is a strong proponent of music education and strives to make music accessible to people from varied backgrounds. She has collaborated in planning and performing several outreach programs for children, including “Shakespeare’s Ear” and “Oskar und die Blockflötendiebe”. She teaches privately, and has previously taught for the Indiana University Pre-College Recorder Program and at the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop and SFEMS Recorder Workshop.
The passionate artistry of violinist LINDA MELSTED has won the hearts of audiences across North America, Europe, and Japan. Currently concertmaster of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, she has appeared as soloist, member, and leader of many outstanding ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, Philharmonia Baroque, and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Linda is the featured soloist in Tafelmusik’s documentary “Le Mozart Noir”, and has recorded for Sony, ATMA, Classique, CBC, and Harmonia Mundi.
Linda’s true love is chamber music. She has performed with many ensembles in chamber music series from Toronto to Seattle including Early Music Vancouver, Gallery Concerts, Northwest Showcase, Camerata Musica, Folia, Discovery Island Music Festival, La Primavera, and Toronto Music Garden. She is a founding member of the chamber ensembles sound|counterpoint, the Cosi Quartet – a classical oboe quartet, La Modestine – a Baroque quartet based in Vancouver B.C., and Salish Sea Players – a group dedicated to bringing early music to retirement and nursing facilities in the greater Seattle area.
Working with adult amateurs is one of Linda’s favorite activities and she happily coaches students at her home and at various chamber music festivals. She has worked with community baroque orchestras in Toronto and Calgary in workshop settings and was the director of the New Baroque Orchestra in Seattle 2011-2015. Linda is a cat lover and shares her home with three cute, but crazy kitties ~ Gus, Gerome, and Kalli. Linda performs on a Nicolo Amati violin.
CURTIS FOSTER, Baroque oboe and recorder, whose playing has been praised for its “brilliantly introverted charm” (Seattle Times), has appeared with some of North America’s most respected early music ensembles, including Pacific MusicWorks, the Seattle and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Mercury Baroque, Les Boréades, and many others. In the summers, he can often be found at music festivals around the US and Canada, including the Oregon Bach Festival, Vancouver, Chicago, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and the Phoenix Bach Festival.
A ravenous chamber musician, Curtis has performed with small ensembles in concert from San Francisco to Dubai, including regular appearances with his Seattle-based chamber groups, sound|counterpoint and the Cosi Quartet. Mr. Foster is also a staunch advocate for music of our own time, and regularly commissions and premieres new works by contemporary composers for old instruments. Curtis also enjoys connecting with students of all levels and backgrounds, and has taught at masterclasses and workshops around the US and Canada, in addition to being the oboe instructor for the Early Music Vancouver’s Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme at the University of British Columbia. He has recorded for ATMA Classique, Cedille Records, and IU Press.
A native of Wichita, KS, Curtis now makes his home in Seattle. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and Wichita State University.
Harpsichordist JONATHAN ODDIE has performed as a soloist and ensemble member in the United States, England, and Germany. He has appeared as a member of orchestras and other ensembles including Pacific MusicWorks, Opera Omaha, Mercury Baroque, and Musica Maestrale, and at venues including the Whidbey Island Early Music Festival, Salish Sea Early Music Festival, and Bloomington Early Music Festival. He has also recorded for the Focus Records label with Ensemble Lipzodes and the Pro Arte Singers. Jonathan studied piano and harpsichord at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for his performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He has a particular interest in the music of the seventeenth century, and recently completed his doctorate in musicology at the University of Oxford, where he researched the keyboard and viol consort music of the early seventeenth-century English composer Orlando Gibbons.
CHRISTINE WILKINSON BECKMAN is a baroque violin specialist living in Olympia, WA. She enjoys performing throughout her native Northwest with early music ensembles large and small and appears regularly with such groups as the Seattle, Portland, and Pacific Baroque Orchestras and Early Music Underground. She is also the director of the New Baroque Orchestra, one of Early Music Seattle’s Community Collegia. Christine began her studies on baroque violin with Ingrid Matthews, and she graduated in 2013 with an MA from the Historical Performance Practices program at Case Western Reserve University where she studied with Julie Andrijeski. She received her BM in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College. A passionate educator, Christine teaches Suzuki violin and viola to a growing studio of young musicians in Olympia. When not busy performing or teaching, she enjoys baking, reading, drinking tea, and listening to the rain with her husband.
ADAM HAWS (b. 1980) holds degrees in composition from Western Washington University (BM) and Indiana University (MM and DMA). He has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, and received performances at Bowling Green State University’s New Music Festival, and the Prishtina DAM Festival in Kosovo. Performing groups include the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Kuttner String Quartet, Color Field Ensemble, Quince Vocal Ensemble, and readings by members of the Cleveland Orchestra. He enjoyed a long association interning with Seattle Opera’s education department and lecturing high school students on the minutia of Wagner’s Ring cycle. In his spare time, Adam enjoys films, hiking, and playing with his rambunctious cats. Adam currently lives in Seattle, where he is on the faculty of the Academy of Music Northwest.
A native of Eugene, Oregon, NATE HELGESON is in demand in the United States and abroad as a modern and historical bassoonist. He is a founding member of period instrument ensembles on both coasts, including SacroProfano (Seattle), Grand Harmonie (Boston), and New Vintage Baroque (New York). Helgeson also appears regularly with many of North America’s premier period instrument ensembles, such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Music Works, American Bach Soloists, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.
In 2012, Helgeson was chosen to perform at the summer music festival, Dans les Jardins de William Christie, an outdoor festival of 18th-century music in the west of France hosted and directed by the eminent French music specialist, William Christie. On the modern bassoon, he has performed throughout the country with a diverse range of ensembles, including the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Callithumpian Consort. He is a graduate of the Historical Performance program at the Juilliard School, and holds degrees in modern bassoon performance from the University of Oregon and the New England Conservatory of Music.