This is the first Music @ St. Mark's concert for the 2012 / 2013 season. The concert will be presented by Jillon Dupree, harpsichord; Eva Legene, recorder; and Weilund Kuijken, viola da gamba.
Harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree has captivated audiences in London, Amsterdam, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Her playing, described by the Chicago Tribune as “lively and colorful,” can be heard on the Meridian, Wild Boar, Decca and Delos labels; she has also appeared live on BBC England, Polish National Television, CBS Television and National Public Radio. She has been a featured artist at the York Early Music Festival (England), the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the National Music Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Early Music Society series. Other notable engagements include the world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalists grant, Dupree has also taught at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan.
Eva Legêne, recorder virtuosa, is known throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia for her remarkable performances. Born in the Netherlands as member of the third generation in a large family of musicians, Eva Legêne studied with Frans Brüggen, and taught at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. After her marriage to a Danish mathematician she taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen for over a decade. In 1985 she became professor of music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Early Music Institute in Bloomington IN, and director of the annual Recorder Performer’s Seminar, and Summer Recorder Academy. In 2009 she retired from Indiana University and now lives in Germany. She continues teaching master classes in Europe and the United States.Legêne's recordings can be found on the Telefunken label, the Brüggen Consort label, and as soloist on the Denon label.
Wieland Kuijken is a Belgian musician and player of the viola da gamba and baroque cello. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in the twentieth century revival of the viola da gamba and early cello. Born to a musical family near Brussels, he began studies on the cello at the Conservatory at Bruges in 1952. He then attended the Brussels Conservatory, winning the Prix d'Excellence in 1962. His musical activities as a student in Brussels were varied and included performance with the contemporary music ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. At the same time, he began to teach himself the viola da gamba, and from 1959 to 1972, he performed with the Alarius Ensemble, an ensemble devoted to performances of French Baroque music. Soon thereafter, the name "Kuijken" became synonymous with stylistically accurate performances of Baroque music thanks to concerts with his brothers Sigiswald (violin) and Barthold (flute) in the Kuijken Early Music Group. Specializing in the bass viol, Wieland Kuijken has performed and recorded a large repertoire as both a continuo player and soloist. His recordings of Bach, Marais, and Forqueray have garnered critical acclaim, and his repertoire encompasses music by composers as late as Mozart and Boccherini. He has taught at the conservatories of Antwerp, Brussels, and the Hague, and has been a featured performer at festivals of early music such as Flanders, Saintes, and the English Bach Festival. Aside from his brothers, notable collaborators have included Alfred Deller, Frans Brüggen, Jordi Savall, and Gustav Leonhardt.