Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra, under the leadership of Tekla Cunningham, gathers some of the best players of the Northwest in this performance, with Cunningham and colleagues Chloe Meyers, Emma McGrath, and Adam LaMotte each embodying a season. Also on the program: Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos, with soloists Beiliang Zhu and Elisabeth Reed.
Tekla Cunningham, violin
She can be heard on recordings with the American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, various movie soundtracks including Disney’s Casanova, La Monica’s recent releaseThe Amorous Lyre, a recording of repertoire of Merula and his contemporaries and the Novello Quartet’s recording of Haydn’s Op. 50 string quartets. This summer she recorded Mozart’s Flute Quartets with Janet See, Laurie Wells and Tanya Tomkins.
Tekla received her musical training at Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory (where she studied History and German Literature in addition to violin), Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she completed a Master’s degree with Ian Swenson. She teaches Suzuki violin in both German and English and is on the early music faculty of Cornish College for the Arts.
Chloe Meyers, violin
Chloe Meyers received her training at McGill University with teachers Yehonatan Berick, Denise Lupien and Sonia Jelinkova. Discovering early music during her years there, she was concertmistress of the McGill Baroque Orchestra, actively involved in ensembles and assisting in teaching.
Now, at 26, Ms. Meyers is the principal violinist and founding member of Les Voix Baroques. She also plays with such ensembles as Arion, the Orchestre Baroque de Montreal, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal and the Lamque Festival Baroque Orchestra in New Brunswick for their regular concert series, and CD projects. Ms. Meyers has toured nationally and internationally. and is heard regularly as both soloist and orchestral musician with CBC and Radio-Canada.
Emma McGrath, violin
Seattle Symphony Associate Concertmaster Emma McGrath was most recently the Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony, having previously performed with the Pittsburgh and Chicago symphony orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has performed as a chamber musician in China, New York, Steamboat Springs, Bowdoin and Prussia Cove, and as a soloist in Russia, Hong Kong, Israel, Malaysia and Brunei, and all over the UK, the U.S. and continental Europe. In addition, McGrath is a professional singer, composer and folk fiddler, and enjoys an increasingly busy list of engagements as a new face in Seattle’s thriving early music scene. She holds a Bachelor of Music First Class from the Royal College of Music, and a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University.
Adam LaMotte, violin
Beiliang Zhu, cello
Beiliang Zhu won the 1st prize and the Audience Award at the XVIII International Bach Competition 2012 (Violoncello/Baroque Violoncello) as the first string player to have received this honor on a baroque instrument. She received her Master of Music from the Juilliard School in Historical Performance with Phoebe Carrai (Baroque cello) and Sarah Cunningham (Viola da Gamba), Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Beiliang is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violoncello, under the guidance of Steven Doane, and a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music.
Hailed by the New York Times as “particularly exciting”, and by the New Yorker as bringing “telling nuances”, and being “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild”, Beiliang has given solo recitals at the Bach Festival Leipzig, Boston Early Music Festival, the Seoul Bach Festival, the Helicon Foundation, among others; has performed with internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles, such as William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Monica Huggett, Paul O’Dette, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Juilliard Baroque, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Trinity Wall Street Orchestra among others. As Beiliang seeks artistry in a wide range of repertoire and different roles as a modern cellist, baroque cellist, and violist da gamba, she has won a section cellist position of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during undergraduate, has held the principal cellist position of Mercury Houston, and has won awards including the Eastman Cello Concerto Competition, 2nd prize in the Holland America Music Society International Competition, and the 2010 Henry I. Goldberg Young Artist Prize at the American Bach Soloists Academy.