Meet the musicians who make the music that makes our wonderful concerts!

 

Sarah Biber

has played viola da gamba and cello across the United States, Australia, and China. In recent collaborations with dance, she has been featured with the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing solo Bach for the company’s first performance with period instruments. Sarah earned her doctorate from Stony Brook University after double-degree studies at Oberlin Conservatory and College and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She recently relocated to Golden, Colorado where she teaches and plays with the Colorado Chamber Players, Ensemble 29, and Byrd on a Wire, her viol consort. Sarah plays an 1815 Lockey Hill cello and a 2015 gamba by François Danger. She enjoys playing both Baroque and Modern styles. A Colorado native, she has been delighted to be a part of the growth of Early Music in this beautiful state.

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Linda Lunbeck

has performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Colorado Music Festival, Seicento Baroque Ensemble (in which she also sings), Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Chamber Players, and Denver Early Music Consort, among others. She co-founded Diverse Passions early music ensemble, directed the Colorado Recorder Academy for accomplished young recorderists, and has served on the board of directors for several arts organizations. Linda earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Delaware, and has deep roots in the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music and movement education.  Her activities as an educator include private lessons, coaching ensembles, presenting at conferences, and leading workshops from elementary to university and professional levels.  Historical dance, musical theater, and jazz are other areas of interest. Exploring chamber music with esteemed colleagues is a special delight!

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Elena Mathys

 was born in Riga, Latvia. After graduating from the Latvian State Conservatory, she founded an early music group, Ludus. With that ensemble, she performed in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, and France. She worked with Johannes Sonnleitner, Emma Kirkby, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Siegfried Pank, and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart orchestra.  After moving to the United States, she worked with several Colorado-based early music performers as well as with Eva Legene, Mary Springfels, Colin Tilney, and Arthur Haas. Focusing primarily on teaching, Elena Mathys has a piano studio, where she works with serious students. Her students have performed in many venues, appearing as soloists with the Colorado Symphony, Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, and others.  In recent years, Elena has been collaborating with recorder player Linda Lunbeck in Colorado.  Elena lives with her family in Boulder.

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Ann Marie Morgan

is praised by the Baltimore Sun for her “beguiling musicality.” She is a frequent guest artist with major orchestras and ensembles. Viola da gamba soloist in the Bach St. John Passion with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst (2017), she has also performed the St. John Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Bach St. Matthew Passion with the Minnesota Orchestra under Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling’s direction (solo arias with Ingeborg Danz and Thomas Quastoff). Other performances of the Bach Passions include those in the U.S. with the Colorado, Helena, Richmond and Quad Cities Symphony Orchestras; in Canada with Les Violons du Roy and the Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony; and at numerous Bach Festivals including Oregon, Bethlehem, Boulder and Winter Park (FL). She has appeared on viola da gamba in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number Six with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and at the Boulder Bach Festival.

During the pandemic, touring, recording and concertizing came to a halt. In March 2021, however, live local performances and recording were revived for Ann Marie in a concert with Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers. She joined with frequent collaborator Nicholas Phan in recording three songs for the ANS “Rebirth” event (https://youtu.be/D4ywveSasUQ).

Ms. Morgan recently served as interim Director of the CU-College of Music’s Early Music Ensemble, coaching strings, voices, harpsichord, and offering lessons on baroque style to students on modern instruments. She has also served as one of four on the Preliminary Judging Panel for the 2020 Indianapolis International Baroque Competition.

Reviews of her playing on Chris Norman: The Man with the Wooden Flute include:

  • “Before nearing Ann Marie Morgan,. I would not have believed that so pure a tone could be drawn from a viola da gamba; it is straight from heaven.” – H&B Recordings Direct, 1992
  • ” …my hands-down favorite is Ann Marie Morgan’s viola da gamba solo, in Skinner’s ‘Cradle Song….’ lf there was a dry eye in the studio when this was recorded I say someone needs sensitivity training.” – Classic Disc Digest.

Ms. Morgan has her own solo viola da gamba album, Among Rosebuds, of French and English repertoire with William Simms and Daniel Rippe, continuo. The J.S. Bach Flute Sonatas: Sonatas from the “Musical Offering” (Joshua Smith) and The Soulful Bach and
Telemann (Olde Friends) feature her on baroque cello. As a result of her fifteen year appointment with Apollo’s Fire: the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, she can be heard as baroque cellist and violist da gamba on nearly a dozen of that ensemble’s recordings.
Labels upon which one can hear Ms. Morgan perform include AVIE. Centaur, Chandos, Dorian and Naxos.

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Harumi Rhodes

is the second violinist of the internationally renowned Takács Quartet, performing 80 concerts a year worldwide. Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “deeply expressive violinist”, Rhodes has gained recognition as a multi-­‐faceted musician with a distinctive musical voice. She is Associate Professor of Violin, Artist in Residence and Ralph E. and Barbara L. Christoffersen Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado-­‐Boulder. Rhodes combines her performing career with a passionate commitment to guiding young instrumentalists, composers, and ensembles.

Originally from New Jersey, Rhodes was born into a family with Japanese, American, Russian and Romanian roots. After studying at the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, she co-­‐founded the Naumburg Award-­‐winning ensemble Trio Cavatina, served as artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and performed extensively with Music from Copland House, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Musicians from Marlboro.

Rhodes has a vision for commissioning and programming contemporary music: her partnerships with composers of today have resulted in over 100 premieres. As a member of the Takács Quartet, Rhodes has shaped the Graduate String Quartet Residency at the University of Colorado. At the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, Rhodes leads an intensive summer string quartet seminar with the Takács Quartet. When not travelling, Rhodes serves as Artistic Director of the Denver/Boulder branch of “If Music Be The Food…”, a concert series designed to build partnerships through music in order to raise awareness for food insecurity in local communities.

Updated 2021