Musicians and Guest Artists 2015-2016
|Allison Edberg Nyquist, artistic director
Murray Forbes Sommerville, artistic director emeritus
Allison Edberg Nyquist, Artistic Director
Noted for the beauty of her playing as well as for her versatility, violinist Allison Edberg Nyquist is one of the preeminent performers of baroque and modern violin. She has been praised by The Chicago Sun Times as "impeccable, with unerring intonation and an au1tere beauty". Equally at home as an orchestral and chamber musician, she also performs regularly as a violist and in recent years has added the viola d'amore to her list of favorite instruments.
Ms. Nyquist has performed throughout North America, collaborating with many of the top baroque ensembles, including Chatham Baroque, Ensemble Galilei, Apollo's Fire, the Foundling Baroque Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, La Monica, and The Vivaldi Project. She is frequently featured at the Bloomington Early Music Festival and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Her discography includes recordings for the Eclectra, Delos, and Centaur CD labels.
Highly regarded as a teacher, Ms. Nyquist has served on the faculties of Indiana State University, DePauw University, Ohio State, the Interlochen Arts Camp and Lawrence University. She is currently the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, a member of Ensemble Voltaire, and a new resident of the Chicago area.
Ms. Nyquist studied with Stanley Ritchie at the Indiana University Early Music Institute where she was the recipient of the Willi Apel Scholarship in baroque violin. She received a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Camilla Wicks. Her Bachelorís degree is from the Peabody Institute with Daniel Heifetz.
Murray Somerville, Artistic Director Emeritus
Harpsichordist, organist, and conductor, Dr. Somerville was born in London and grew up in Rhodesia. He was a student of Bach conductor Karl Richter, studied at Oxford (Organ Scholar of New College under Sir David Lumsden), and holds a doctorate from New England Conservatory in Boston. Dr. Somerville was the founding conductor of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, and was Music Director of the Winter Park Bach Festival in Florida. During his tenure as founding Artistic Director for Music City Baroque, the ensemble was three times named "Best of Nashville" by the Nashville Scene. Since his retirement, he and his wife Hazel reside in York and Charleston, South Carolina.