The 2016 Saint John Early Music Festival

The Early Music Studio of Saint John proudly presents the return of Saint John's 2016 Baroque Festival! Be sure to check out the exciting schedule to learn more about our talented artists. For more Information, visit?| 506-634-8442

The Academy of Saint John

The Academy of Saint John, a string ensemble of local performers playing modern instruments with baroque bows, was formed in 2014 to act as a chamber orchestra for the Saint John Early Music Festival. The ensemble?s members are Katherine Moller and Ali Leonard (violins), Stephen Mott (viola), Katie Bestvater (violoncello) and Tim Blackmore (harpsichord).

James Kalyn

James Kalyn has built a career over the past twenty-five years as a soloist and orchestral musician of the highest calibre on both clarinet and saxophone. An Associate Professor at Mount Allison University, Kalyn can be heard performing regularly in the region as clarinetist with the dynamic quintet Ventus Machina on saxophone with the Brogue Quartet, with Symphony New Brunswick , and in recitals.?He has been a clarinetist with numerous professional orchestras in the US and Canada including the Windsor Symphony and Orchestra London in Canada. As a concert saxophonist James Kalyn has performed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Argentina, China, and Japan. He is called to play and tour with the Cleveland Orchestra and has made a number of solo and chamber music recordings.?

Tim Blackmore

Tim Blackmore?is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Guildhall School of Music in London and also the?Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Studio of Saint John and the Saint John Early Music Festival, recorder player and harpsichordist.?He directs and performs with the Festival?s Collegium Musicum, Ensemble 18c. and La Tour Baroque Duo ?as well as with other leading New Brunswick musicians and organizations such as Symphony NB (for whom is an advisor on Baroque performance practice) and the Saint John String Quartet. As a member of the La Tour Baroque Duo he has given concerts in Toronto, Montreal, and New York.?

Ensemble 18c

Ensemble 18c., comprised of Tim Blackmore (recorder), Katherine Moller (baroque violin) and Robert Lewis (baroque bassoon) performs? repertoire covering the entire 18th century from Baroque? composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi to Classical masters like Haydn and Mozart. Since its formation in the autumn of 2015, the Ensemble has given numerous performances in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John as well as other locations throughout New Brunswick. ?

The Saint John String Quartet

The Saint John String Quartet's active concer-tizing schedule of over 125 concerts a year has taken them throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and China. Their most recent CD recording of Jacques H?tu?s String Quartet No. 2 attracted a JUNO nomination in the Classical Composition of the Year category and won “Best Album of the Year” MusicNB while their previous CD won the ECMA “Best Classical Album of the year” award. The group can be often heard on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio waves, the Internet and on 4 award-winning compact Discs. Winners of the 2012 Originals Award for 'Classical Music', the Quartet was also honoured in 2012 to receive the Lieutenant Governor?s NBYO award.?

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