Marika Holmqvist, Artistic Co-Director
Marika Holmqvist, a native of Finland, started her violin studies at the age of seven and made her solo debut with Mendelssohn's violin concerto at sixteen. She entered the Baroque field when she was chosen to represent Finland in the European Union Baroque Orchestra, performing with prominent conductors such as Ton Koopman and Andrew Manze, and subsequently graduated with two masters' degrees (Baroque Violin Performance and Baroque Violin Pedagogy) from the Department of Early Music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She has toured in 29 countries with distinguished European and North American early music ensembles, and served as concertmaster for Concerto d'Amsterdam, Baroque Opera Amsterdam, and Netherland’s Historical Dance Theater. Currently she serves as Artistic Co-Director and concertmaster of Cambridge Concentus, co-concertmaster of Sinfonia New York and Aradia (Toronto), and concertmaster of Buxtehude Consort (Philadelphia), for whom her playing was recently hailed as “mightily impressive” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Her many recordings include the Grammy-nominated Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra. She has led and coached baroque opera productions at Harvard, Cornell, and Brandeis and taught baroque string playing techniques at Rutgers. Marika maintains an active private teaching studio in Boston and New York City.
(Photo credit: David Carpenter)
David Kjar, Artistic Director
Marika Holmqvist, Artistic Director