Winners of the Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the 2014 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition, Montreal-based ensemble Infusion Baroque seeks to draw a new audience to early music by integrating chamber music performance and other artistic media. Their performances have been described as “dynamic and alive” with a stage presence that is “poised and elegant.” Infusion’s innovative programming includes Musique en couleur, featuring live painting by visual artist Sylvia Chan; and Rebels and Rivalry, based on scandalous stories from the lives of the great composers. Past projects include L’Arte di Corelli, featuring a slide slow of baroque visual art inspired by the composer’s extensive collection of paintings; and Who Killed Leclair?, an interactive murder mystery soirée based on the unsolved murder of the famous composer. Infusion Baroque has performed across Eastern Canada and United States, including appearances at the Montreal Baroque Festival and Boston Early Music Fringe Festival. Upcoming events include engagements with the San Francisco Early Music Society, Houston Early Music Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Early Music Now (Milwaukee), Renaissance & Baroque (Pittsburgh) and Early Music Guild (Seattle).
ALEXA RAINE-WRIGHT, BAROQUE FLUTE AND RECORDER
Equally at ease on the recorder and the baroque flute, Alexa Raine-Wright has shared her passion and talent for early music with audiences across the United States and Canada in solo, chamber and orchestral performances. Alexa is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, where she studied with Claire Guimond (baroque flute) and Matthias Maute (recorder). In 2015, Alexa won 1st place in the National Flute Association's Baroque Flute Artist Competition in Washington DC, as well as 2nd place in the Mathieu-Duguay Early Music Competition. Alexa is a member of the celebrated recorder quartet, Flûte Alors! She is also a founding member of ensemble Recordare, a finalist in the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition. Alexa has made recent appearances with Ensemble Caprice, Arion Baroque Orchestra, I Musici and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Alexa has performed at music festivals across North America (including the Montreal Baroque Festival, Boston Early Music Festival and Berkeley Festival & Exhibition) and has recorded with Arion Baroque Orchestra and La Bande Montréal Baroque on the label ATMA Classique.
SALLYNEE AMAWAT, BAROQUE VIOLIN
Baroque violinist Sallynee Amawat has appeared in the Boston Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival and the Montreal Baroque Festival, and has performed with the American Baroque Orchestra, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Haymarket Opera, and Theatre of Early Music with Dan Taylor. As a modern violinist living in Bangkok, Thailand, Sallynee performed regularly with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Bangkok Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera of Bangkok. She has also performed with the Tokyo City Philharmonic, ASEAN-Japan Festival Orchestra, and can be heard on several Thai and Western classical recordings with the Mai Thai Chamber Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and the Siam Philharmonic. Sallynee completed her Masters Degree in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy at the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut under the tutelage of Katie Lansdale, and is currently pursuing docoral sudies in baroque violin performance with Hélène Plouffe at McGill University.
ANDREA STEWART, BAROQUE CELLO
RONA NADLER, HARPSICHORD
Known as a stylish and sensitive continuo player, harpsichordist Rona Nadler has performed with many of the most prestigious ensembles in the Montreal area including Ensemble Caprice, Les Voix Baroques, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, and I Musici de Montréal; and in numerous festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Orford Festival and Montreal Baroque Festival. Rona is active as a music director and vocal coach for Baroque opera, having worked with Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, Opera da Camera, and Opera McGill; and is Artistic Director of the vocal ensemble One Equall Musick. Rona holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Early Music Performance from McGill University where she studied harpsichord with Hank Knox and historical keyboard improvisation with Dr. William Porter; she also studied harpsichord with Jesper Christensen at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis. In addition to her activities in the field of early music, Rona is Music Director and Cantorial Soloist at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Shalom in Westmount.
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