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Viola da gamba & cello

Eric Tinkerhess

Eric Tinkerhess poursuit une double activité de violoncelliste et violiste. Né aux États-Unis, Eric Tinkerhess étudie le violoncelle au conservatoire d’Oberlin en Ohio puis au conservatoire de Paris CNSM, ou il obtient un Master de viole de gambe dans la classe de Christophe Coin puis un Master d’interprétation des musiques anciennes – recherche et pratique à la Sorbonne. Ses enregistrements avec Audax Records ont reçu les récompenses les plus prestigieuses (Diapason D’or – Diapason Magazine, Top Ten Classical Albums of 2019 – The Guardian). Il se produit régulièrement dans de nombreux festivals en Europe avec les ensembles Flame et Ensemble Diderot. Il a aussi étudié auprès d’Abby Alwin, Richard Aaron, Amir Eldan, Cathy Meints, Ron Leonard, Jérôme Pernoo, et Guido Balestracci. Décrit par ResMusica comme “impeccable,” “une belle présence,” pour sa pratique du violoncelle et de la viole, Eric Tinkerhess exerce également comme compositeur, ou encore musicologue. En tant que professeur il a donné des master classes  à Huddersfield University (UK) et le Conservatoire de Shanghai. Ses compositions ont été jouées au Chautauqua Music Festival à New York, à la Music Academy of the West en Californie, et à la Salle Cortot à Paris. 


Eric Tinkerhess is a cellist, viola da gambist, composer and musicologist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has a bachelor’s in modern cello from the Oberlin Conservatory, a master’s in viola da gamba from the Paris conservatory where he studied with Christophe Coin, and a master’s in musicology from the Sorbonne. His recordings with Audax Records have recieved numerous awards from the international press (Diapason D’or – Diapason Magazine, Top Ten Classical Albums of 2019 – The Guardian). As a professor he has given master classes at the Huddersfield University (UK) and the Shanghai Conservatory. His compositions have been performed at the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York, the Music Academy of the West in California, and at the Salle Cortot in Paris. He regularly performs with Flame, Ensemble Diderot, and has also studied with Abby Alwin, Richard Aaron, Amir Eldan, Cathy Meints, Ron Leonard, Jérôme Pernoo, and Guido Balestracci.

Nathan Mondry divides his musical output between playing harpsichord, organ, piano and clavichord. Winner of the 2015 Mary McLaughlin Prize in Early Music at McGill University, he received his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the University of Michigan, his Master’s degree in harpsichord performance at McGill, and an Artist diploma in organ performance from the same school; he recently finished a Master’s in historical improvisation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He has performed throughout the USA and Canada, as well as Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Poland, Germany and Italy. In 2017, Nathan was a finalist in the 6th International Organ Competition Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, playing at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam and the Bavo Kerk in Haarlem. Further competition credits include a special prize at the 1st Partimento/Basso Competition in Katowice (2019), 1st prize with Arnie Tanimoto at the 7th Bach-Abel Competition in Cöthen (2018), and a prize from the 2nd International Organ Composition Competition in Pordenone (2019).


Nathan Mondry

He is highly sought after as a rising improvisation specialist, in styles as early as 15th/16th century with La Cetra (2018) to more modern collaborations involving silent film accompaniment in November 2019 sponsored by the Bird’s Eye jazz club and Musik Akademie jazz/early music departments in Basel. He has been commissioned to compose for many musicians and organizations, including Association Ephémère classique / Projet Myrelingues in France and historical bassoonist Andrew Burn in Basel, not including Les Barocudas and Double Basiliensis, a double keyboard duo of which he is a founding member. A lover of comedy, Nathan additionally produces funny videos with Bach Party, which are available on Youtube.

Viola da gamba

Arnie Tanimoto

Gold medalist of the 7th International Bach-Abel Competition, Arnie Tanimoto is equally at home on the viola da gamba and baroque cello. He was the first-ever viola da gamba major at The Juilliard School, where he soloed on both instruments. Described by The New York Times as a “fine instrumental soloist” Arnie performs in venues across the United States, Europe, and Japan. The recipient of a 2017 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Fellowship he has also performed and recorded with Barthold Kuijken, the Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

Arnie is an advocate for the viola da gamba, and can be found giving lecture demonstrations and premieres of new works for the instrument around the country.  As a teacher, he serves on faculty at the Mountainside Baroque Summer Academy as well as maintaining a private studio. He holds degrees and certificates from Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Outside the realm of historical performance, Arnie has collaborated with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to Joyce DiDonato, with whom he has recorded an NPR Music Field Recording.