Parthenia—Grace and Energy

One of the fine ensembles making their debut at the 2016 Berkeley Festival will be Parthenia, a consort of viols. They will be doing two different concert programs, one by the quartet that explores the gamba repertory from the time of Shakespeare, the other a greatest hits program with guests Robert Mealy and Shira Kammen, […]

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Luminous Voices Return

Another of Berkeley Festival Director Robert Cole’s string of perceptive picks will return to the Festival Main Stage this June. Award-winning Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis, who made their American debut at the 2014 Festival, will again offer a pair of concerts, one focusing on the Bach dynasty and the other on two giants of […]

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An Interview with Kristian Bezuidenhout

One of the great thrills of the 2014 Festival was hearing Kristian Bezuidenhout’s West Coast debut, a fortepiano recital at St. Mark’s. Not yet 40, Bezuidenhout already has gained enormous international recognition as one of the world’s great historical keyboardists, equally comforatable on harpsichord and fortepiano. He did in fact perform on harpsichord that week, […]

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Remembering Laurette Goldberg, (1932–2005)

[Reprinted from the San Francisco Bay Area Early Music News, May, 2005] If there is one person who deserves to be called the Great Mother of the Bay Area’s early music community, it has been Laurette Goldberg. By the time of her death on April 3, Laurette’s vision and her work—as teacher, founder and builder […]

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Kristian Bezuidenhout 2010Photo: Marco Borggreve

Kristian Bezuidenhout is Nominee for Gramophone Artist of the Year

Kristian Bezuidenhout, a master of a variety of keyboard instruments including the modern piano and the harpsichord, is a nominee for Gramophone Artist of the Year, considered one of the most important worldwide awards for classical musicians. Information and video of Bezuidenhout and the other nine nominees for Gramophone Artist of the Year, along with […]

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