Anacortes Arts Foundation

Duo Amadeus

November 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Croatian Cultural Center
Admission at the door: Adults: $25/person; checks accepted; no credit cards. Children and students are free.

Elisabeth Blumenstock  Tamara Friedman       

The Friday, November 1, concert will present celebrated violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, concertmaster of the world-famous Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), performing on her 1660 Andrea Guarneri violin with her duo partner Tamara Friedman (concert artist who now lives in La Conner) playing on an 1804 Nannette Streicher fortepiano (Vienna). Enjoy selections from L.-G. Guillemain’s exquisite Amusement and J. S. Bach’s timeless Goldberg Variations, both virtuosic works for unaccompanied violin, as well as a rondo by C.P.E. Bach and duo sonatas by J.C. Bach and the incomparable W.A. Mozart.

Elizabeth Blumenstock is a long-time concertmaster, leader, and soloist with the San Francisco Bay Area’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists, and concertmaster of the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany.  In Southern California, she has been Artistic Director of the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival since 2011.  She is a member of several accomplished and interesting smaller ensembles, including the Galax Quartet, Ensemble Mirable, Live Oak Baroque, Voices of Music, and Music for Severall Friends.  Elizabeth teaches for the Juilliard Historical Performance program, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.  Elizabeth’s discography includes some 100 CDs for such labels as Harmonia Mundi USA, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Koch, Naxos, Reference Recordings, and Virgin Veritas.  Her 1660 Andrea Guarneri violin is on generous loan to her from the Philharmonia Baroque Period Instrument Trust. 

Pianist Tamara Friedman, praised for the depth, wit, and humor of her performances (Seattle Times), attended the Oberlin Conservatory and received her master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music (NYC). She has collaborated with such artists as Stanley Ritchie, Jaap Schröder, and Max van Egmond, and appears with violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock as Duo Amadeus. In the Pacific Northwest she has performed on the Seattle Camerata, Allegro Baroque and Beyond, Belle Arte, Early Music Guild, Gallery Concerts, and Mostly Nordic series and for the Governor’s Chamber Music Festival. Tamara has been the featured performer in early piano workshops for Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) and the Western Early Keyboard Association, and maintains a private studio in Seattle, where she teaches modern piano and fortepiano on her collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboard instruments, which is on display at SEKM! – the Skagit Early Keyboard Museum. She spends her summers in Bath, Maine, where she also has a group of historic pianos and performs on The Kennebec Early Music Festival.