EARLY MUSIC FACULTY:
Nicholas Kraemer - Conductor, Continuo
Nicholas Kraemer is Permanent Guest Conductor of the Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of Music of the Baroque, Chicago and Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.
He began his career as a harpsichordist, quickly moving from playing continuo at the back of the orchestra to directing from the harpsichord at the front. In the 1970s, his repertory widened, taking in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as the baroque and in 1978 he formed Raglan Baroque Players. From 1983 to 1985, Mr. Kraemer was Associate Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and from 1986 to 1992 he was Artistic Director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He was Artistic Director of the London Bach Orchestra from 1985 to 1993.
Rodolfo Richter - Baroque Violin, Head of the Early Music Program
Brazilian-born Rodolfo Richter was trained as a modern violinist with Klaus Wusthoff and Pinchas Zuckermann, and has studied composition with Pierre Boulez. He studied baroque violin with Monica Huggett at the Royal Academy of Music.
Rodolfo won first prize at the Antonio Vivaldi International Violin Competition (2001). Since then he has performed as a soloist and director throughout the world, including with Academia Montis Regalis (Italy), Barokkanerne (Norway), B'Rock (Belgium), Die Kölner Akademie (Germany), Harmonia Universalis (Brazil), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hanover Band and The English Concert. Also in demand as a chamber musician, he has regularly collaborated in concerts and recordings with the Bach Players, Sonnerie, and Hausmusik. He combines this work with his role as associate leader of the Academy of Ancient Music
Jennifer Morsches - Baroque Cello
Jennifer Morsches resides in Boston and enjoys a vibrant freelance career as recitalist, chamber musician, continuo cellist and orchestral player in the UK, on the Continent and in her native USA.
She is the principal cellist of Florilegium, with whom she has recorded numerous award-winning discs for Channel Classics Records, and with whom she performs regularly around the globe. She is a member of the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and performs regularly with Les Siècles, working with eminent artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Roger Norrington, Frans Brüggen, David Zinman and Philippe Herreweghe. Invitations to be guest principal cellist include with Boston Baroque, Het Nederlands Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and tours and recordings with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
Appearing worldwide with many prestigious ensembles Nicholas Kraemer has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, The Hallé, Gothenburg, City of Birmingham, Detroit, Toronto, West Australia and Colorado Symphony Orchestras and the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition, he has directed specialist ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia Baroque and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He has conducted Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and is regularly invited to perform with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and Musikcollegium Winterthur.
Kraemer’s Opera engagements have taken him to Paris, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Geneva and Marseilles with repertoire ranging from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and L’Incoronazione di Poppea to nineteenth- and twentieth-century works including Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos; Britten’s Albert Herring, Noye’s Fludde, and Paul Bunyan and Stephen Oliver’s Tom Jones. He has conducted many Handel operas including Arianna in Creta, Lotario, Tolomeo, Arminio, Ariodante, Il Pastor Fido, Rinaldo, and Orlando, as well as the major Mozart operas. He has conducted at Glyndebourne and was the first music director of Opera 80, now English Touring Opera. Elsewhere he has conducted The Magic Flute and Handel’s Jeptha at English National Opera, Agrippina for Theater Aachen and Opera NEO, Le Nozze di Figaro for Den Nye Opera, Bergen, Idomeneo for Grange Park Opera and La Finta Giardiniera at the Buxton Festival.
Nicholas Kraemer’s recordings include several discs of Vivaldi concertos with City of London Sinfonia for Naxos; Locatelli Concerto Grossi, Tartini violin concertos, and concertos by Durante, Pergolesi, and Leo with Elizabeth Wallfisch and Raglan Baroque Players for Hyperion; Handel’s Rodelinda for Virgin Classics; Handel Oratorio Duets with Carolyn Sampson, Robin Blaze and the OAE for BIS and works by Thea Musgrave with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Collins Classics. He has contributed to several feature films, most notably as Baroque music director for The Madness of King George.
Jennifer graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, First Group Scholar from Smith College with degrees in Music History and German Literature, and was awarded the Ernst Wallfisch Prize in Music. Subsequently she received her Master’s and Doctorate in Cello Performance as a scholarship student of Timothy Eddy at the Mannes College of Music and SUNY at Stony Brook in New York. Recipient of the CD Jackson Prize for outstanding merit and contribution at Tanglewood, she was featured on Wynton Marsalis’s educational music videos with Yo-Yo Ma. She has given world premieres of chamber music by David Matthews, Michael Wolpe and Ben Zion Orgad. Jennifer regularly coaches Baroque chamber ensembles at the Royal College of Music in London and has recently given master classes in Baroque cello at the San Francisco Conservatory, Eastern Washington University, Lawrence University and Roosevelt University, among others. She was awarded a Finzi Travel Scholarship (2012) and a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2011) to further research on the violoncello piccolo. Her first solo disc (premier recordings of works by CPE Bach and Francesco Alborea) was released in February 2014 on Barn Cottage Records. “Vigorous performances... always allowing the music to speak, and embellishing with virtuosic ease” The Strad “Simply stunning” Classical.net
His recorded output is extensive, and includes music by JS Bach and Handel with the Academy of Ancient Music. Solo recordings include an album of sonatas by Tartini and Veracini and the first recording of Erlebach’s complete sonatas. Future plans include music by Vivaldi and John Cage with B'Rock. As a soloist and chamber musician Rodolfo has performed throughout the UK and toured extensively, appearing in venues from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to New York’s Carnegie Hall. He teaches baroque violin at the Royal College of Music in London.
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