Join us Fridays at 7pm for Musical Chairs, hosted by Michael Brooks. Each week Michael chats with a member of the Pacific Northwest classical music community and plays some of their favorite works, sharing stories and background. Fascinating people sharing great music--every Friday night.
December 26 - Ingrid Matthews
Violinist Ingrid Matthews is the founder and former Music Director of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and one of today’s most respected exponents of her instrument. She won first prize in the Erwin Bodky International Competition for Early Music in 1989, and in 1990 joined Toronto’s esteemed baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, with whom she performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. Matthews’ career as a chamber musician has seen her perform at the Frick Collection (New York), the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Festival, Netwoork voor Oude Muziek (the Netherlands), the Getty Center (Los Angeles), the Cambridge Society for Early Music, the Newberry Library (Chicago), the San Francisco Early Music Society, and the Library of Congress, among many others. She has served as concertmaster for the New York Collegium, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), and has appeared as a guest director and soloist with the New York Collegium, the Magnolia Baroque Festival Orchestra (Winston-Salem, NC), New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), and Victoria Symphony.
January 2 - Anna Edwards
Anna Edwards has been part of the vibrant Seattle music community for the past twenty years. She is currently a member of the Auburn Symphony and has been a freelance violinist in the Seattle Metro area for the last 19 years playing with such groups as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Northwest Sinfonietta.
Anna is the founder and music director of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, an intergenerational symphony orchestra consisting of highly talented high school and university students performing with Seattle professional musicians including the Seattle Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. In addition to her responsibilities with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Anna is the music director at Roosevelt High School where she has built the orchestra program over the past thirteen years into a nationally award-winning program. She has additionally worked with the Seattle Youth Symphony program over the past 19 years conducting the Symphonette Symphony, Classical Symphony, and the Festival String Orchestra for the Marrowstone-in-the-City summer music program. For the past three years, Anna was selected to attend the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians where she studied conducting with music director Michael Jinbo. Currently, Anna is finishing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting at the University of Washington where she is a Teaching Assistant for the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra and studying conducting with Maestro Ludovic Morlot.
January 9 - Julie Andrijeski
Julie Andrijeski enjoys both teaching and performing early music and dance. As a Senior Instructor at Case Western Reserve University, Ms. Andrijeski leads classes in historical performance practices, teaches lessons in baroque violin, and directs the baroque orchestra, chamber, and dance ensembles. Her combined skills in music and dance often culminate in workshops and special teaching engagements at colleges and universities such as the Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, Juilliard, the University of Southern California, and the University of Colorado – Boulder. During the summers, Ms. Andrijeski teaches both violin and dance at several festivals including those in Oberlin (BPI), Madison (MEMF), and Vancouver, BC (BIP).
January 16 - Elinor Frey
Fascinated with the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Elinor’s honors include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and Canada Council for the Arts grants facilitating her work on Italian baroque and modern unaccompanied cello music. In recent seasons she has performed with Ensemble Caprice, Tafelmusik, Les Idées hereuses, and Bradamante, among others, as well as with her quartet, Pallade Musica, grand prize winners of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. Her debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky and her new CD, La voce del violoncello, was released Summer 2013 on the Belgian label Passacaille, praised for its “careful scholarship and brilliant layering of moods and tempos” (Toronto Star). Her performance of the program was the winner of the audience award at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. Elinor holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard.
Musical Chairs host Michael Brooks came to Seattle from the East Coast more than 20 years ago. It didn't take long for Mike to become enthralled with the Northwest's nature and hospitality. He joined KING FM in the spring of 2007 and has enjoyed the return to his "radio roots." His first radio job was at a classical station in his hometown of Baltimore, Md.