Alexandra Opsahl, Music Director
Alex Opsahl (cornetto and recorder) studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2004 with First Class Honors. She went on to study privately in Italy with Bruce Dickey, continuing these studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She works now both as a cornettist and recorder player across Europe and the US.
Ms Opsahl has performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Apollo’s Fire, Cappella Artemisia and American Bach Soloists. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and the Royal Albert Hall, and played in productions of L’Incoronazione di Poppea with both Oslo Opera and Glyndebourne Opera. She recently recorded the Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Minor, RV 441 with the Norwegian period orchestra Barokkanerne under the label 2L.
Leif Thomas Woodward is an alumnus of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where he was granted the Colburn Foundation Scholarship for studies in Early Music Performance and graduated Pi Kappa Lambda. In addition to holding a Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, Leif also holds a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
He has studied violoncello with world-renowned teachers Ronald Leonard, Clive Greensmith, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, and has studied historical performance under the direction of Laurette Goldberg, Dr. James Tyler, William Skeen, Dr. Corey Jamason, Dr. Adam Gilbert, and Anthony Martin. A native of Long Beach, California, Leif is employed as a cellist, baroque cellist, and viola da gambist, by groups such as: Los Angeles Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Master Choral, Pacific Choral, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Bach Collegium San Diego, Angeles Consort, Tesserae, and Consort San Andreas.
He appears at the Carmel Bach Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Corona Del Mar Baroque Music Festival, and on the chamber music series at the John Paul Getty Museum and Villa, Norton Simon Museum, “Sundays Live” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, All Saints Episcopal Music Guild Chamber Music Series in Beverly Hills, Redlands Chamber Music Society, Los Angeles Musica Angelica Chamber Music Series, and at Centrum’s Chamber Music Series in Port Townsend, Washington.
Leif thoroughly enjoys working with young musicians and is on faculty as an orchestral coach at the Orange County High School of the Arts and Poly Technic High School in Long Beach. He coaches the All Southern California High School Honor Orchestra, Long Beach All District Honor Orchestra, and serves as an adjudicator for a number of prominent music competitions such as the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards, MTAC State Finals, CMEA State Central Section, and the Long Beach Mozart Festival
Sackbuttist, Noah Gladstone, attended the University of Southern California for his Bachelors and Masters degrees, both in trombone performance. He has studied with notable trombonists Byron Peebles, Ralph Sauer, Terry Cravens and sackbuttist Greg Ingles. In addition to Tesserae, Noah has performed on historic instruments with Musica Angelica, The Los Angeles Alta Cappella ensemble, The Wessex Consort, The Santa Barbara Master Chorale, Chorale Bel Canta, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra among others.
When not playing the music of the Renaissance or Baroque, Noah can be found performing on the modern trombone with various professional orchestras and in recording studios around southern California. He is an adjunct professor of music history and trombone performance at Mt. Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles.
Nicholas Daley is an active freelance trombonist and sackbut player in the greater Los Angeles area where he regularly performs with a diverse collection of ensembles ranging from orchestras and early music ensembles to jazz, salsa and pop bands. Nicholas attended Oberlin Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree and was a chosen performer at the commencement ceremony concert. From there he moved to Los Angeles, attending the University of Southern California for a Master of Music degree.
During his studies at USC, Nicholas was a prize winner at the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Solo Competition as well as being honored with the Order of Arete and membership in the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda. After finishing his USC degree, Nicholas studied early wind band music with Rotem and Adam Gilbert before joining Tesserae. In addition to his wide ranging performance skills, Nicholas teaches private students and works as a classical music recording engineer.
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Ian Pritchard has been playing the harpsichord since the age of 13, beginning studies with Susanne Shapiro in his native Los Angeles. He earned his BMus in harpsichord performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, where he studied with Lisa Crawford. In 2000 he moved to London to study with the late John Toll at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with Distinction and earning the DipRAM for an exceptional final recita
Ian later continued studies on organ and harpsichord with James Johnstone. Being a dual national citizen between the USA and Britain, he had the opportunity to live in Europe until 2007, performing with groups such as Florilegium, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and as a chamber musician with Monica Huggett, Rachel Podger, and Peter Holtslag, among others. With Florilegium he has toured in Cyprus, South America, and throughout Europe.
Ian has appeared frequently on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC 2 production Vivaldi Unmasked. Ian won 1st Prize in the 2001 Broadwood Harpsichord Competition and was a prizewinner in the 2003 1st International Harpsichord Competition P. Bernardi in Bologna, Italy. In the same year, he was awarded a US Fulbright Scholarship to Italy to research early Italian keyboard music and to study organ and harpsichord with Andrea Marcon and organ with Liuwe Tamminga.
He is currently a PhD candidate in Historical Musicology at USC, where he plans to write his dissertation on Italian keyboard music, notation, and performance practice in the 16th century. His first solo CD, L’Arpicordo, will be released in early 2011.
Susan Feldman, violinist, is an active teacher in Los Angeles and performer throughout the United States. Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Robert Lipsett, and a Doctorate from USC in early music performance where she studied with James Tyler, Ingrid Matthews and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
Susan has devoted much of her professional career to the study of historically informed performance on period instruments from the Middle Ages through the Baroque. In 1999, Susan co-founded La Monica, a period instrument chamber ensemble dedicated to performing music of the Baroque period. Susan is currently on the faculty at USC, Ocean Charter School in Los Angeles and maintains a private studio of 20 students.
She performs regularly with Musica Angelica in Los Angeles and Bach Collegium San Diego.
An exclusively baroque and otherwise mostly unemployed violinist, Amy has played with the usual Southern California suspects, L.A. Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and Bach Collegium of San Diego, as well as a smattering of San Francisco Bay Area groups including Voices of Music and California Bach Society.
As a film major undergrad at UC Berkeley, she began the permanent transition from modern to baroque violin playing under the guidance of David Tayler and Elizabeth Blumenstock and subsequently performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival in 1996 and 2000 (in the latter instance as a semifinalist in the American Bach Soloists International Young Artists Competition). At USC, she played in the Early Music Ensemble led by James Tyler while obtaining an MFA in screenwriting from the School of Cinematic Arts.
Gabriel Golden is an outstanding young Guatemalan-American double bass & violone player, who is rapidly establishing himself in the professional world of music. Recent engagements include playing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Haydn’s Creation in Disney Hall and playing with Musica Angelica performing Bach’s Cantata 106. Predominantly a freelance musician in Los Angeles, playing and recording with many of the southland’s top ensembles, he has also played in Mexico, China & given master classes in Panama & Costa Rica. A graduate of Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, Gabriel Golden received a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass performance and a Minor in Cello Performance, a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Minor in Art History.
While at USC, Gabriel Golden received a Masters of Music in Double Bass Performance and a Graduate Certificate in the same. He is a Phi Kappa Lambda Scholar and a recipient of the Colburn, Dangerfield Town & Gown, Siskel Town & Gown & Music Dean’s Merit Scholarship. It was at USC, while on full scholarship that he had an immediate connection with the violone. Last season, along with eight talented colleagues, Gabriel Golden co-founded a new early music group in Southern Califonia, Tesserae. Gabriel works at a local double bass shop as an assistant and plans to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to apprentice in Italy and one day make his own bass, cello & violone.