Music of the Spheres, formed in 2000, is a member of Early Music America's
Touring Artists Roster and has performed across the United States and abroad,
including mainstage concerts at the Bloomington and Berkeley Early Music
Festivals, and performances on the San Francisco Early Music Society and
Indianapolis Early Music series. |
The group made its European debut at the 2006
Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg, Germany, and was featured in the
European chamber music magazine Ensemble. In 2007, they performed on The Frick
Collection Series in New York, with a New York Times review and a WNYC broadcast
of their concert and interview. Music of the Spheres has been broadcast on
"Harmonia" and "Performance Today."
We believe that music exists to captivate the imagination, stir memories, and
evoke intensely personal emotions in both listener and performer alike, and we
desire to bring a wider audience to classical music through performances which
focus on these aspects. We enjoy giving lively, fun and informative
performances, and are available for concerts, series, festivals, recordings and
Jeanne Johnson, Baroque violin
Joanna Blendulf, Baroque cello and viola da gamba
Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord and fortepiano
Johnson is a soloist and chamber musician on both Baroque and modern violin.
She is a winner of Early Music America's 2002 Professional Development Award for
Her performances on numerous series, tours, festivals and recordings in the
United States and abroad have resulted in National Public Radio, Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation and local broadcasts. Jeanne has played with many
groups including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque
Orchestra, Apollo's Fire, Boston Baroque, Bloomington Baroque, the Carmel Bach
Festival, the Bach Aria Festival, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the
Berkeley and Bloomington Early Music Festivals.
She has served as concertmaster of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and as
orchestra director, violin teacher and chamber music coach at Clayton College and
State University in Atlanta. After starting violin at age 5, Jeanne made her
solo debut with orchestra at 11 and won first place in the Milwaukee Symphony
Youth Soloist Competition at 16.
She studied with James Buswell and Stanley Ritchie, receiving her bachelor's
degree in performance with honors from Indiana University and her master's
degree with distinction in performance and academics from New England
Conservatory. Aside from early and classical music, Jeanne's interests include
folk, crossover and world music. In addition to playing violin, Jeanne is also
a writer, editor, painter and classical radio announcer.
Joanna Blendulf has diverse interests in music, performing a wide range of
repertoire on both cello and viola da gamba. She has received performance
degrees from both the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University, where
she studied with Stanley Ritchie, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Alan Harris.
In 1998, Joanna was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate from Indiana
University for outstanding performance in baroque cello. Spending much of her
time in transit, she is currently performing with the Portland Baroque Orchestra,
the New York Collegium, Apollo's Fire, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica
and Camerata Pacifica Baroque (Santa Barbara).
Joanna is also an active chamber musician, performing with the all-female
ensemble Bimbetta as well as Mirable and Florilegia, all based in the Bay Area
where she resides. She was named honorable mention in the 2000 EMA/Dorian
competition for her recording of the Jean Zewalt Triemer cello sonatas.
Joanna Blendulf also performs with Ensemble Mirable.
Yuko Tanaka, harpsichordist, is active as a soloist and an ensemble player. She
has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, Berkeley Festival and Exhibition,
Bloomington Early Music Festival, and in broadcast events for National Public
Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
She performs with numerous ensembles including Musica Pacifica, El Mundo,
Ensemble 6-4-2, American Bach Soloists, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and The Women's
Philharmonic. Yuko received a doctorate in early music from Stanford University
and has studied with Margaret Fabrizio at Stanford, Gustav Leonhardt in
Amsterdam, and Ketil Haugsand in Oslo, Norway. She has recorded for Koch
International and Delos International.
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