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Marco Cera studied at the Padua Conservatory of Music (Italy) and at the Musikhochschule der Stadt Basel (Switzerland). In 1996 he was chosen as first oboe for the European Union Baroque Orchestra, with which he performed in Denmark, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom and South Africa. He regularly collaborates as a soloist with leading baroque orchestras in Italy and Europe including Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Italiano, I Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, Europa Galante, Les Talens Lyriques and others, and has worked with conductors Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Robert King, Jesper Christensen, Jaap ter Linden, and Barthold Kuijken. His wide discography includes works for Teldec, Opus 111, Chandos, Dynamic and Tactus. A member of Tafelmusik from 2000-2002 and again since January 2007, in 2010 Marco co-founded the Vesuvius Ensemble, a band dedicated to the performance and preservation of traditional folk music from Naples and Southern Italy. As a multi-instrumentalist, Marco is member of Canada's premier Artic Fusion band, Ensemble Polaris.
Alison Melville’s career has taken her around the world. Alison is a member of the Toronto Consort and Ensemble Polaris, Artistic Director of the mixed media Bird Project, appears regularly with Tafelmusik, and collaborates in many other freelance artistic endeavours. Some highlights include playing for The Tudors, CBC-TV’s The Friendly Giant, and Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter; solo shows in inner-city London (UK) junior schools; a recent recital in sunny southern Spain, anda summer of concerts in Ontario prisons. Heard on CBC/Radio-Canada, BBC, RNZ, NPR and Iceland State Broadcast Service, and on over 50 albums.
A graduate of the Boston University School for the Arts, the Banff Centre and the University of Toronto, Margaret Gay leads an active freelance career on both modern and period cello. She performs regularly with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, Opera Atelier, the Eybler Quartet, and Ensemble Polaris, and is Artistic Director of the Gallery Players of Niagara, an organization based in the Niagara Region that presents chamber music, and has also spent considerable time exploring new music. She was for many years a member of Modern Quartet, the Burdocks and Critical Band, and has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, Stratford, Elora, Parry Sound, Grand River Baroque, and Lameque Baroque Music festivals. Margaret can be heard on numerous CDs on Analekta, Hungaroton, Pipistrelle and other labels, with the Eybler Quartet, Ensemble Polaris, Michael Jarvis and Carolyn Sinclair, New Music Concerts, and others.
began his musical life as a jazz guitarist in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating summa cum laude from Pomona College, he studied for a year in Milan, Italy and at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Lucas now keeps a busy schedule as a continuo player for dozens of Baroque ensembles across North America. He is the regular lutenist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and teaches each summer at Oberlin Conservatory's Baroque Performance Institute and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. He is a founder of the Toronto Continuo Collective, a weekly class and performing ‘pluck band’ dedicated to learning the art of seventeenth-century accompaniment, and also is a founding member of the Vesuvius Ensemble, focusing on the traditional music of Naples and southern Italy, and the Lute Legends Ensemble which explores the shared yet diverse worlds of the Western lute, Arabic oud and Chinese pipa.
September 14, 2014Music
A musical travelogue from Baroque Europe featuring trio and solo sonatas from Germany, France, England and Italy (and perhaps short side trips to Holland and Spain). Performed by some of Toronto’s leading period instrument exponents, the program will include music by G.P. Telemann (Germany’s biggest musical star in his lifetime), J.-M. Hotteterre (Louis XIV’s go-to flutist), Arcangelo Corelli (Baroque violin virtuoso extraordinaire) and others. A summer’s day sampler of Baroque tastes and styles. Marco Cera (baroque oboe), Alison Melville (recorders), Margaret Gay (baroque cello) and Lucas Harris (theorbo).