Indianapolis Early Music and IndyBaroque Music, Inc. will present the finals of the first Indianapolis International Baroque Competition on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the Indiana History Center in Downtown Indianapolis. Five finalists have been selected via video auditions to present solo concertos with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra as the final concert of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. This will be the culmination of the Festival’s 50th Anniversary season.
Prizes include a $10,000 First Prize, performance opportunities for the winner, and nationally-syndicated broadcasts on Harmonia, Millennium of Music, and Sunday Baroque. The finalists will be judged by a panel of specialists from the Early Music community including Dana Marsh, Coordinator of the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University; Ingrid Mathews, former Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra; and Jeannette Sorrell, Founder and Artistic Director of Apollo’s Fire. The artistic director for Indianapolis Early Music is Mark Cudek while the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra is headed by Barthold Kuijken.
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Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “unforgettable display of virtuosity,” baroque trumpeter Dominic Favia is equally comfortable on modern and historical instruments. Originally from Vienna, Virginia, he is currently enrolled at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a recipient of the Dr. Beernink Memorial Scholarship and is studying under Adam Luftman. Favia recently received a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Michael Sachs. While in Cleveland, he also was actively involved in the Case/CIM Baroque Orchestra, performing on both trumpet and harpsichord under the direction of Julie Andrijeski. His baroque trumpet teachers include Barry Bauguess and Stanley Curtis.
Recently, Favia has performed with the American Bach Soloists and has attended the Oregon Bach Festival’s Berwick Academy. As a modern musician, he has attended the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland, and the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed on NPR’s From the Top program and made a solo appearance with the United States Navy Band. When he is not playing trumpet, Favia enjoys spending time wood working and barbecuing on his grill.
A native of Eugene, Oregon, Nate Helgeson is in demand in the United States and abroad as a modern and historical bassoonist. He is a founding member of period instrument ensembles on both coasts, including SacroProfano (Seattle), Grand Harmonie (Boston), and New Vintage Baroque (New York). Helgeson also appears regularly with many of North America’s premier period instrument ensembles, such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Music Works, American Bach Soloists, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.
In 2012, Helgeson was chosen to perform at the summer music festival, Dans les Jardins de William Christie, an outdoor festival of 18th-century music in the west of France hosted and directed by the eminent French music specialist, William Christie. On the modern bassoon, he has performed throughout the country with a diverse range of ensembles, including the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Callithumpian Consort. He is a graduate of the Historical Performance program at the Juilliard School, and holds degrees in modern bassoon performance from the University of Oregon and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Révélation Radio-Canada 2013-2014 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2012 Opus Awards), Vincent Lauzer graduated from McGill University, where he studied with Matthias Maute. His first solo CD, “Passaggi” was released in September 2013 and was nominated for an ADISQ award in 2014. He is the artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival.
Winner of several prizes in national and international competitions, he has recently been awarded the Fernand Lindsay Career Award, a $50 000 scholarship given to a young promising Canadian musician for the development of an international career. Vincent received the Béatrice-Kennedy- Bourbeau Award at the Prix d’Europe 2015. In 2012, he won the First Prize during the Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition and the Career Development Award from the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. In 2009, he was awarded the First Prize and the Audience Appreciation Prize in the Montreal International Recorder Competition.
Lauzer is a member of Flûte Alors !, the only Canadian recorder quartet, with whom he toured Eastern Canada as part of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada’s 2012-2013 season. He is also a founding member of Les Songes and of the ensemble Recordare, which was one of the five finalists in the Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition. He also plays as a soloist with Arion Baroque Orchestra, I Musici, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver) and Les Violons du Roy. He can be heard in many concert series including Clavecin en concert (Montréal), Plaisirs du Clavecin (Gatineau) and Musique Royale (Nova-Scotia) A versatile performer, he also plays with Appassionata, Les Idées Heureuses, Arion, La Follia Austin Baroque, and La Cigale. He played for various series and festivals in Canada and in the United States as well as in Mexico, France, Germany, Spain and Belgium. He can be heard on CBC Radio 2 and Radio-Canada’s ICI Musique.
Vincent Lauzer teaches at the CAMMAC music camp, for the Montreal Recorder Society, for the Toronto Early Music Players Organization and at Université de Montréal’s École des jeunes.
Augusta McKay Lodge is a native of Oberlin, Ohio. At the age of 23, she holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School. Augusta currently studies at the Juilliard School in historical performance under the tutelage of Cynthia Roberts, Robert Mealy, and Monica Huggett. She is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.
Winner of Juilliard’s Historical Performance Concerto Competition, McKay Lodge has been praised as “the real thing, a true virtuoso” and “an exceptional violinist” (Seen and Heard International). She recently won the 2014 Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concerto Competition and placed as semifinalist in the International Musica Antiqua Competition (Belgium). In February she made her Lincoln Center solo debut performing Mendelssohn’s d minor Violin Concerto with Juilliard415. An avid orchestral and chamber musician, she was named a 2016 English Concert American Fellow, and performs regularly as an apprentice with Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. She has performed in venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, NY), and Severance Hall (Cleveland). McKay Lodge acted as assistant concertmaster with the Nederlands Studenten Orkest, and was principal second violin of the Sweelinck Baroque Orchestra (Amsterdam). She has performed as concertmaster of Juilliard415 under the leadership of William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, and Nicholas McGegan. Album recordings include Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble on A place toward other places.
This coming summer McKay Lodge has been invited to perform in the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie with Les Arts Florissants. She will also be performing with Oregon Bach Festival in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and will attend the American Bach Soloists Academy. And, as co-artistic director, she will present concerts with watermark: a period ensemble in Bald Head Island, NC. She began her studies at the age of three and continued at the Moscow Central Special Music School. She graduated with honors (Pi Kappa Lambda) from Oberlin Conservatory at the age of nineteen. Previous teachers include Alexander Kerr, Stanley Ritchie, Marilyn McDonald, Milan Vitek, Johannes Leertouwer, Sophie Gent, and Almita Vamos. She plays on a Jason Viseltear baroque violin from 2014.
Equally at ease on the recorder and the Baroque flute, American/Canadian Alexa Raine-Wright has shared her passion and talent for Early Music with audiences across the United States and Canada in solo, chamber and orchestral performances. Raine-Wright is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, where she studied with Claire Guimond (Baroque flute) and Matthias Maute (recorder). She has also studied with Cléa Galhano and Barbara Kaufmann (recorder) and Immanuel Davis and Beth Kelly (Baroque flute).
In 2015, Raine-Wright won first place in the National Flute Association's Baroque Flute Artist Competition in Washington DC, as well as second place in the Mathieu-Duguay Early Music Competition in New Brunswick.
Alexa Raine-Wright is a founding member of the ensemble Infusion Baroque and winner of the Grand Prize and Audience Prize in the 2014 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in Chicago. She is also a member of the celebrated recorder quartet Flûte Alors! She has made recent appearances with Ensemble Caprice, Arion Baroque Orchestra, I Musici and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Raine-Wright has performed at music festivals across North America (including the Montreal Baroque Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and Berkeley Festival's Exhibition) and has recorded with Arion Baroque Orchestra, La Bande Montréal Baroque, and Flûte Alors! on the label ATMA Classique.