Monday, October 05, 2009 at 12:00:00 PM
Baroque violinist Mimi Mitchell, a native Texan, received her B.M and M.M. from Rice University before continuing her studies with Jaap Schroder at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. During her studies, she co-founded the Locke Consort, which won first prize at the Erwin Bodky Competition (Boston) and at the Early Music Network Young Artists' Competition (London), performs throughout the world, and has made numerous recordings of 17th century English music. Mimi has performed with many of Europe's leading early music ensembles, including the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, London Baroque, Anima Eterna and the Parley of Instruments.
Mimi enjoys combining her research and performing skills, and has been awarded numerous subsidies for her work at the Kromeriz Archive in the Czech Republic. With the Dutch ensemble In Stil Moderno, she has performed her discoveries at numerous prestigious festivals, including the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the prague Spring Festival and the Cork Early Music Festival. Conducting from the violin, Mimi is equally happy working with modern musicians as well as early music specialists. Conducting a modern chamber orchestra, she won the “Nagrada Jurica Muraj” at the Verazdin Baroque Evenings (Croatia) for the best performance of the festival in 2006. In demand as a lecturer, teacher and coach, Mimi has taught in the USA, France, Germany, England and Croatia.
Harpsichordist and organist Christina Edelen brings a depth of knowledge, expression, virtuosity and experience to a performing and teaching career that has spanned over two decades in the United States and Europe. After receiveing her B.M., M.M. and Performer's Certificate from the Indiana University Early Music Institute, she continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory on Den Haag. A solo finalist at the Bodky International Competition, she has appeared at the early music festivals of Boston, Bloomington, and Berkely. Ms. Edelen has also performed as both soloist and continuo player with numerous symphonies and chamber ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Houston Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Cactus Pear Music Festival.
Hailed as “a superb harpsichordist” by the Kansas City Star, Christina is sought after as both a recitalist and teacher of historical keyboards. She has served on the faculties of Baylor University and University of Houston, and has recently completed her PhD, focusing on musical treatises of seventeenth-century England. With husband, cellist Fred Edelen, she has performed since 1983 as part of Duo Edelen, and together they have co-founded and directed the Early Music Southwest concerts at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts since 2002. Ms. Edelen currently resides in the Netherlands, where, in addition to her performing career, she serves as organist and choirmaster at the Anglican Church in the Hague.
Ann Fairbanks holds degrees from Oberlin, Yale, and Ohio State University. She is professor of flute, music history and theory and directs the University of St. Thomas Schola Cantorum. She plays flute and Baroque flute with the UST Aquinas Ensemble, Bach Society Orchestra and Ars Lyrica, is an active member of the Houston Flute Club, the National Flute Association, and currently president of the Houston Friends of Music, a chamber music presenting organization.
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