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, 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 is the director of the New Baroque Orchestra in Seattle. 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.