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2017 Berwick Academy Guest Directors Announced!

  • Oct 12, 2016

The Berwick Academy is excited to announce the guest directors for the 2017 season, violinist, Monica Huggett, and harpsichordist, Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Each will conduct and perform on concerts with Academy musicians featuring music of the Baroque era.

Monica Huggett is well-known to OBF audiences for her previous work with the Berwick Academy, beginning with its inaugural season in 2015. She is a frequent guest director and soloist around the world, including engagements with Arion Baroque Orchestra (Montréal), Tafelmusik (Toronto), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), Columbus Symphony, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Seville Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. She regularly directs performances in New York of Juilliard415, the student baroque orchestra of the Historical Performance Program, as well as playing with Juilliard Baroque, the faculty ensemble of the program. Monica’s expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians. This huge body of knowledge and understanding, coupled with her unforced and expressive musicality, has made her an invaluable resource to students of baroque violin and period performance practice through the 19th Century.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen makes his OBF debut in 2017, conducting a concert on the OBF mainstage, as well the Berwick Academy’s final 2017 concert. Between 1996 and 1999 Lars Ulrik Mortensen was professor of harpsichord and performance practice at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and he still teaches at numerous Early Music courses, a.o. at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. For the last 20 years, Mortensen has also been active as a conductor and in 2003 he made the decision to work exclusively with period instrument ensembles. Since 1999, he has been artistic director of the Danish Baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen, and in 2004 he succeeded Roy Goodman as musical director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO). Additionally, Mortensen is increasingly working with several distinguished other early-music ensembles like Holland Baroque, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Nederlandse Bachvereiniging and Collegium 1704.

The Academy season opens with Monica Huggett on Saturday, July 1, OBF Artistic Director, Matthew Halls, conducts the Berwick Academy on Friday, July 7, and the Academy closes the season with a program conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen on Thursday, July 13.

More details about the Academy season, including repertoire, will be announced later this fall. Musicians interested in auditioning may apply now through December 1. Check the audition page for more information.