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Ann Marie Morgan

Cap_A.gif (1796 bytes)Space.gif (807 bytes)nn Marie Morgan is one of the leading performers of the viola da gamba in the United States and frequent soloist with orchestras and choral societies. She recently performed the Bach St. John and St. Matthew Passions with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras under baton of Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling. Last season at the invitation of Maestro Rilling she was a soloist at the Oregon Bach Festival. Ms. Morgan has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington Choral Arts Society, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and the Bethlehem Bach Choir. She performed in the 1998 Calendar as soloist at the Bach Festivals of Boulder, Colorado and Winter Park, Florida as well as with the Hartford and New Jersey Symphonies and the Westminster Choir.

As a chamber musician specializing in early music Ms. Morgan has performed with the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble and the ground breaking group Bimbetta and has performed and recorded with the Baltimore Consort and LA TEMPESTA DI MARE. She is a member of the Oberlin Consort of Viols, Apollo's Fire:The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, and is a founding member of Les Cordes du Roy: Early Music Trio of Interlochen and Olde Friends.

Featured as a soloist on the DORIAN recording Chris Norman: Man with the Wooden Flute, she received critical acclaim from H&B Recordings Direct: "Before hearing Ann Marie Morgan, I would not have believed that so pure a tone could be drawn from the VIOLA DA GAMBA; it is straight from heaven." Classical Disc Digest also singled her out: "Ms. Morgan sings beautifully with her instrument and expresses the rustic symmetry of the line with great economy and understatement."

Ms. Morgan is on the early music faculties of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Interlochen Center for the Arts . She also teaches master classes and clinics, most recently at Indiana University's Early Music Institute, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and at the AMHERST Weekend Winter Workshops.

Ms.Morgan performs on an instrument by François Bodart of Namur, Belgium (1993) and a bow by Harry Grabenstein of Burlington, Vermont, both models of the german maker Joachim Teilke. Her cello is of anonymus tyrolian descent (1780) with a bow by David Orlin of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ms. Morgan has recorded on the Dorian, Onda and PGM labels and has been heard on NPR's Performance Today broadcasts as well as Minnesota Public Radio.

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