Recorder Faculty

Louise Carslake, week I
Saskia Coolen, week II
Rotem Gilbert, Workshop Co-Director, weeks I and II
Lisette Kielson, week I
Joan Kimball, week II
Laura Kuhlman, week II
Paul Leenhouts, week I
Peter Maund, week I
Daphna Mor, week II
Hanneke van Proosdij, Workshop Co-Director, weeks I and II

Louise Carslake, week I

carslake louise picLouise Carslake is well known to Bay Area audiences as a performer on the baroque flute and the recorder. She is a member of the baroque ensemble Music’s Re-creation, the Farallon Recorder Quartet, Magnificat, and the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra. She has performed widely in her native Britain, as well as in New Zealand, Poland, Ireland, China and the Netherlands.  She has recorded for radio and television internationally, and has made compact disc recordings for the Meridian, Centaur, Magnatune, Intrada, and Musical Heritage labels.

In addition to her performing activities, Louise coaches baroque flute at U.C. Berkeley and for fifteen years taught early music performance on the faculty at Mills College. She is a popular workshop leader for the American Recorder Society, and is a co-founder of the Bay Area’s Junior Recorder Society. Louise holds the graduate diploma in flute from Trinity College of Music, London, and the diploma for baroque flute performance from the Arnhem Conservatory in the Netherlands, where her teacher was Wilbert Hazelzet.  She also studied baroque music performance practice with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

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Saskia Coolen, week II

20100909-0568Saskia Coolen studied recorder at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Kees Boeke and Walter van Hauwe. She also studied the viola da gamba and musicology at the University of Utrecht.

Saskia Coolen was for 20 years member of  La Fontegara Amsterdam, and she has performed with ensembles including the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Freiburger Barockorchester, The King’s consort, Tragicomedia and the Radio Kamer Filharmonie.

With Camerata Trajectina she specializes in Dutch music from the Middle Ages until the Golden Age. This ensemble has produced over 30 CDs and played more than 1000 concerts in the Netherlands and abroad. They celebrated their 40th anniversary this year.

In 1994 she founded ensemble Senario to play chamber music from the baroque era, with a special role for the recorder.

Since 2004 she is a member of Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam. This quartet plays both early music and contemporary music composed for them. They also produce music theatre productions for children. They work together with actors, stage directors, composers and jazz musicians, always searching for new challenges.

With her foundation, Recorders, she has produced several music theatre productions.

Saskia Coolen made a number of solo CD recordings for the label Globe, including Recorders recorded, a unique recording played on the collection of original 18th century recorders of the Gemeentemusuem Den Haag.

With Arie Abbenes, the Nestor of  the bell player’s world, she plays in a spectacular combination of carillon and recorder, which also appeared on CD.

For years she taught at the conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam. Nowadays she travels the world to teach at workshops, courses and masterclasses. She teaches diminution and ornamentation at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Utrecht Conservatory.

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Rotem Gilbert, Workshop Co-Director, weeks I and II

EMA_YP_Jun_6 (164 of 305)Recorder player Rotem Gilbert is a native of Haifa, Israel and a founding member of Ciaramella, an ensemble specializing in music of the 15th and 16th centuries. Ciaramella has performed throughout the United States, in Belgium, Germany, and Israel, and released a CD on the Naxos Label, and two recordings with Yarlung Records. Their recent CD Dances on Movable Ground has earned 5 stars by Britten’s magazine Early Music Today and is picked the Editor’s Choice, lauded for its “expressive fluidity and rhythmic vitality”. She was a member of Piffaro (1996-2007), and has appeared with many early music ensembles in the United States and in Europe. Rotem has been featured as a soloist for the Pittsburgh Opera, the LA Opera, Musica Angelica and the LA Phil. After studies on recorder at Mannes College of Music in New York with Nina Stern, she earned her solo diploma from the Scuola Civica di Musica of Milan where she studied with Pedro Memelsdorff. She earned her doctorate in Early Music performance practice at Case Western Reserve University. She is an assistant professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where she teaches Baroque and Renaissance performance practice courses and is an instructor of early music winds. Rotem received the 2012 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at USC and is the joint recipient of the 2014 Thomas Binkley Award. She has been a regular faculty member of early music workshops and is the co-director of SFEMS Recorder Workshop. Rotem can be heard on the Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv, Passacaille, Musica Americana, Dorian, Naxos and Yarlung labels.

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Lisette Kielson, week I

Kielson_195Lisette Kielson has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in France, New York, and throughout the Midwest and has been described as “sparkling with life” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), and displaying “dazzling natural technique and brilliant interpretation, performing with true character and style,” (Les Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace).

Lisette has performed on recorder with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (stage band soloist), Chicago Opera Theater, Haymarket Opera Company, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Music of the Baroque; on artist series at Bradley University, Luther College, Northeastern Illinois University, and University of Wisconsin; and at The Bach Institute at Valparaiso University, Madison Early Music Festival, University of Minnesota Bach Festival, and Peoria Bach Festival as well as with many Chicago-area early music ensembles.

Artistic Director of L’Ensemble Portique, Lisette has released recordings of Bach and Boismortier with Centaur Records as well as three CDs under her own LEP Records. Her recordings are played nationally and have received enthusiastic reviews from American Recorder, American Record Guide, and Audio Video Club of Atlanta.

With a deep passion for ensemble playing and coaching, Lisette directs the Collegium Musicum at Bradley University, teaches on the faculty of the Whitewater Early Music Festival, and leads ARS workshops throughout the country. President of the American Recorder Society (ARS) from 2008-2012, she currently serves as Music Director of the ARS Chicago Chapter and Associate Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest. Lisette holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in flute performance (her second passion) from Indiana University and a post-master’s Diploma in recorder performance from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Joan Kimball, week II

jkimballJoan Kimball is artistic co-director and founding member of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next season. With Piffaro, Joan has toured throughout the US and Europe, performing on all of this country’s early music series and festivals, and at numerous festivals in Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Spain and England. She can be heard with Piffaro on the ensemble’s numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion, Dorian Recordings, PARMA/Navona, and its own house label. In addition to performing and directing, she teaches early double reeds, bagpipe, and recorder at workshops and early music festivals around the country, and organizes Piffaro’s educational programs. As an important corollary to performing on early wind instruments, she is a maker of double reeds for Renaissance shawms, dulcians and capped winds, and she collaborates with instrument maker Joel Robinson of Portland, OR on the construction of Medieval and Renaissance bagpipes.

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Laura Kuhlman, week II

LKuhlmanDJahnke84WEBLaura Kuhlman obtained an A.A. degree from Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri and a Bachelor of Music degree from Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas. Flute teachers include Charles Delaney, John MacKay and John Fonville. Early music teachers include Marion Verbrüggen, Frans Brüggen, Daniel Brüggen, Robert Wiemken, Joan Kimball, Rotem and Adam Gilbert. Laura specializes on shawms, dulcians, capped double reeds, recorders and bagpipe.

Laura has performed with theatre orchestras in the area Chicago area, including Pheasant Run, Oak Park & River Forest Stage Productions, College of DuPage, Morton and Elgin Community Colleges. Laura is the director of the popular Sounds of Silver Flute Quartet, where she not only plays alto and bass flutes but also arranges much of the music for the quartet.

Laura has enjoyed freelance partnerships with several early music ensembles in the Chicago area including the Burgundian Ensemble, Masqued Phoenix, and the Too Early Consort. In 2011, Laura performed with members of Lizodes in Ecuador and in 2012 with members of Piffaro for the Washington DC Revels.

Laura is currently music director for the Portland Recorder Society and President and Board member of the The American Recorder Society. Laura sits on the Board of the Early Music In Motion and the Whitewater Early Music Festival, where she is also an instructor. Along with Juan Carlos Arango and Robert Wiemken, Laura organizes the Indiana Early Double Reed Workshop, now in its 10th season. Laura has taught flute at the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet Workshop, in Pennsylvania, the Lake Forest (IL) Suzuki Summer Workshop and summer band programs in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, IL, the Kalamazoo Recorder Workshop in Kalamzoo, MI, Columbia Gorge Recorder Workshop in Portland, OR, and the San Francisco Recorder Workshop in California. Laura performs with Project Zeffiro Reniassance Wind Band in Albany, California.

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Paul Leenhouts, week I

Leenhouts-PaulPaul Leenhouts, recorder, director of early music studies and the Baroque Orchestra at University of North Texas, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he was on the faculty as professor of recorder and historical development since 1993. He is a founding member of the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet since 1978. In 2002 he became director of the contemporary music collective Blue Iguana. He is also a composer, arranger and editor of numerous works for chamber music ensembles. Mr. Leenhouts has recorded for Decca L’Oiseau-Lyre, Channel Classics, Vanguard, Lindoro and Berlin Classics. Two L’Oiseau-Lyre recordings received the prestigious Edison Award. In 1986 he initiated the Open Holland Recorder Festival Utrecht and from 1993 he has been director of the International Baroque Institute at Longy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His special interest in renaissance consort repertoire led to the founding of The Royal Wind Music in 1997. As a conductor he won wide acclaim for Gabrieli, Guerrero and Morales productions at international early music festivals. In 2004 Mr. Leenhouts was elected president of the European Recorder Performers Society. As well as performing numerous concerts and coaching masterclasses within the early music field. He also regularly appears with contemporary and music theatre groups such as Musikfabrik, Nederlands Vocaal Laboratorium, ZT Hollandia and NT Gent.

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Peter Maund, week I

PM_frame drums_webA native of San Francisco, Peter Maund studied percussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and music, folklore and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley. A founding member of Ensemble Alcatraz and Alasdair Fraser’s Skyedance, he has performed with early and contemporary music ensembles including Anonymous 4, Chanticleer, Davka, El Mundo, The Harp Consort, Hesperion XX, Kitka, Los Cenzontles, Musica Pacifica, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Voices of Music, among others.  Presenters and venues include Cal Performances, Carnegie Hall, Celtic Connections (Glasgow); Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato), Confederation House (Jerusalem); Edinburgh Festival; Festival Interceltique de Lorient; Festival Pau Casals; Folkfestival Dranouter; Horizante Orient Okzident (Berlin); The Kennedy Center; Lincoln Center; Palacio Congresos (Madrid); Queen Elizabeth Hall (London); and Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg).  He is the author of “Percussion” in A Performers Guide to Medieval Music, Indiana University Press, 2000.  He has served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as well as in workshops sponsored by Amherst Early Music, the San Francisco Early Music Society, the American Recorder Society and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.  Described by the Glasgow Herald as “the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists” he can be heard on over 50 recordings.

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Daphna Mor, week II

headshotHailed as a recorder virtuoso by the New York Times, Daphna has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist and ensemble player. Her appearances include solo recitals in the United States, Croatia, Germany and Switzerland. She has performed as a soloist with The New York Collegium, the New York Early Music Ensemble and Little Orchestra Society, and as a member of the orchestra with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Ms. Mor was awarded First Prize in the Settimane Musicali di Lugano Solo Competition and the the Boston Conservatory’s Concerto Competition. She is a musician in residence at B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in New York City and is an active musician in the world music scene, performing in festivals and on stages around the world including New York’s “Summer Stage” and Munich’s Gasteig. She appears on Sting’s album “If On A Winter’s Night”. Daphna is musician in residence for the Education Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is on the faculty of Marymount College. (www.daphnamor.com www.eastoftherivermusic.com)

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Hanneke van Proosdij, Workshop Co-Director, weeks I and II

van proosdij hanneke picHanneke van Proosdij is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of her playing. She performs regularly as soloist and continuo specialist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Festspiel Orchester Goettingen and Voices of Music. She has appeared regularly with Hesperion XX, Concerto Palatino, Magnificat, American Bach Soloists, Concerto Köln, Chanticleer, the Dallas Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchester and the Arcadian Academy. Together with her husband, David Tayler, Hanneke co-founded and co-directs Voices of Music. With over ten million viewers worldwide, Voices of Music is the most popular Early Music ensemble in the United States. She also is a co-founder of the Junior Recorder Society in the East Bay and directs, together with Rotem Gilbert, the SFEMS Recorder Workshop. Hanneke teaches recorder at UC Berkeley and has been a guest professor at Stanford, Oberlin, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Wisconsin and the University of Vermont. Hanneke enjoys reading books, downhill skiing and hiking.

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