Performer Biographies

Elizabeth MacIsaac - soprano
The Canadian singer Elizabeth MacIsaac enjoys a reputation in her own country and abroad as an artist of great expressive range and technical accomplishment, appearing with such organisations as the Victoria Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Palm Court Orchestra. While her reputation is very much centred around her performances of early music, a strong interest in contemporary music has led to premieres of works by composers such as David Loeb, Nicolai Sani and Canadians John Abram and Nicolas Fairbank. In Victoria, Ms. MacIsaac is the founding director of the women's medieval vocal group "Ensemble Laude" in 1999 and co-founder, with the lutenist Douglas Hensley, the Renaissance duo Continuum Consort. In 2003, Continuum Consort commissioned a Canada Council sponsored work by John Abram. This coming summer they will premiere new works by a collective of Korean composers, with plans to take this project to Korea as well as Canada.  She is regularly heard on CBC radio, and has just released her first CD.

Sonja Boon - baroque flute
Currently playing principal flute with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, baroque flautist Sonja Boon has also appeared as a soloist with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and in performances for Early Music Vancouver. Ms. Boon studied with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands and has also studied with Rachel Brown, Stephen Preston and Barbara Kallaur. She holds a Master of Music degree with highest distinction from Indiana University, where she was a student of Peter Lloyd and Kate Lukas. Sonja has taught at the University of Wales and UBC, as well as for the Early Music Vancouver Summer Programme and Festival.

Paul Luchkow - baroque violin
After graduating with a M.Mus. degree from UBC, violinist Paul Luchkow moved to Holland where he became a member of the chamber orchestra "Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam". In between Sinfonietta tours through Holland, France and South Africa, Paul played with the Netherlands Radio Symphony and the Baroque Orchestra of the Netherlands Bach Society. On this side of the Atlantic, Paul is a long-time member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, appears frequently in concerts for Early Music Vancouver, and is the founding concertmaster of the Canada West Chamber Orchestra. South of the border, Paul enjoys performing regularly with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and BOMB (the Benevolent Order for Music of the Baroque) in Seattle. When in non-musical moods, Paul is a most excellent lab / field assistant for his wife Glenys, a violist-cum-ecologist.

Nan Mackie - viola da gamba & baroque cello
Nan Mackie studied cello at the Conservatoire de Musique (Québec) and at UBC. There she began playing viola da gamba, continuing her studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. She has performed with many of the leading Canadian and US early music groups, including Tafelmusik, Seattle Baroque Orchestra and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. As a member of the New World Consort, Nan has toured throughout Canada, the US and Europe. She has recorded extensively for CBC Radio, as well as with the BBC, Radio France and West German Radio. Nan is a member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Les Coucous Bénévoles, and is a regular faculty member and performer at the Vancouver Early Music Programme and Festival.

Valerie Weeks - harpsichord
Valerie Weeks is one of Canada's outstanding harpsichordists. She has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including first prize at the CBC National Talent Competition and second prize at the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition. She has made several CD's of chamber and solo music for RCA, EBS, Sony Classical and CBC and is frequently heard on CBC Radio. In addition to her performance work, Ms. Weeks is also a practising music therapist, currently working at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver.


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