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Phantasm, a quartet of viols founded in 1994, catapulted into international prominence when its debut CD won a Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 1997. Since then, they have become recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today.
Phantasm, an award-winning consort of viols was founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus. Inspired by the great twentieth-century string quartets, Phantasm enjoys taking risks in its search for renditions that renew the expressive traditions of early music. The quartet's international membership (from Britain, Finland and the US) were trained on modern instruments, each was drawn to consort playing because of the poignant sound of the viols and the special intimacy this music cultivates.
Based in Oxford, where they are Consort-in-Residence at the University, Phantasm has toured extensively throughout Europe, North America and East Asia. They have appeared in festivals in London, York, Aldeburgh, Hereford, Barcelona, Berlin, Utrecht, Stavanger, Istanbul, as well as in Iceland, Estonia, Poland and Finland and on concert series in Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, New York and Washington.
Their recordings have won two Gramophone Awards in addition to numerous other international nominations and citations, and in 2004 their Gibbons CD was a finalist for Gramophone's Record of the Year. In 2005, their recording of Jenkins's Six-Part Consorts was named a finalist for Gramophone's Early Music Award. This recording of John Ward's Consorts is Phantasm's debut disc for Linn Records.
Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol and director, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After learning the cello with Leonard Rose at Juilliard, he studied the viol with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatoire at Brussels, which awarded him its Diplôme supérieur. As a bass viol player, he has recorded CDs of Bach's viola da gamba sonatas, Marais's Pièces de violes and Rameau's Pièces de clavecin en concert, and collaborated with Silvia McNair in a Grammy-winning album of Purcell songs. As a musicologist, Laurence has published Bach's Continuo Group and Bach and the Patterns of Invention (Harvard, 1987 and 1996); the latter won the Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society for the best book of the year. Dreyfus taught at Yale, the University of Chicago, Stanford, and the Royal Academy of Music before becoming Thurston Dart Professor in 1995 at King's College London. In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2005 took up a post at the University of Oxford where he is Professor of Music and a Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College.
Wendy Gillespie, treble viol, was born in New York and, after attending Wellesley College and the Amsterdam Conservatoire, began her performing career with the New York Pro Musica Antiqua. Since then she has played all over the world with leading ensembles including Les Filles de Sainte-Colombe, Ensemble for Early Music, Ensemble Sequentia, the Taverner Players and the English Concert. She has participated in over 80 recordings for Virgin Classics, Decca, Nonesuch, Dis and Harmonia Mundi USA, among others. Whilst her speciality lies in consort music, Wendy has participated in many performances of medieval, baroque and contemporary music. Wendy was a founding member of the viol consort Fretwork, with whom she toured worldwide and won a Grand Prix du Disque and several other recording honours. Wendy is Professor of Viola da Gamba at Indiana University and was for five years Director of the Early Music Institute. Elected president of the Viol de Gamba Society of America, she divides her time between Bloomington (Indiana) and Nice (France).
Jonathan Manson, tenor viol, was born in Edinburgh and received his formative training at the International Cello Centre in Scotland under the direction of Jane Cowan, later going on to study with Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music in New York. While in America, he became involved with the performance of early music, and from there went to The Hague to study viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken. Jonathan plays and records regularly with many leading early music ensembles, on both cello and viola da gamba. Recent chamber music recordings include a disc of Rameau's Pièces de clavecin en concert with Rachel Podger and Trevor Pinnock and the Bach viola da gamba sonatas, also with Pinnock. From 1999 to 2008, he was principal cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, which in addition to a busy touring schedule, recently finished recording the complete cantatas of JS Bach. Jonathan makes his home near London, where in 2003 he was appointed a professor at the Royal Academy of Music. He recently founded the Retrospect Trio which has issued Purcell's Ten Sonatas in Four Parts on Linn Records (LINN CKD 332).
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol, studied cello with Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, which awarded him its diploma in 1983. An interest in baroque music led him to a summer course in Norway with Laurence Dreyfus and later to Holland where he studied with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and received postgraduate diplomas in viola da gamba and baroque cello. Markku teaches at the Sibelius Academy. He is active as a chamber musician and has given many solo recitals throughout Scandinavia as well as in the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Estonia and Poland. His recording of Marais's' Suite d'un gout d'Etranger on ALBA records won a national award for excellence in his native Finland, and other solo CDs have likewise garnered critical acclaim, including discs of virtuoso viol music by Forqueray, Marais and JS Bach's gamba sonatas, the latter two issued by BIS. Markku's special interest is in contemporary music composed for the bass viol as well as in designing and commissioning modern reproductions of viols built to his specifications and sold worldwide as Lu-Mi Viols.
With frequent guests
Emilia Benjamin, tenor viol, studied viola da gamba with Sarah Cunningham and baroque violin with Micaela Comberti at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She spent a year at the Brussels Conservatoire with Wieland Kuijken and is a core member of Sonnerie, playing viol, violin and viola. She is a member of the viol consort Concordia, with whom she has recorded extensively, and also plays with The Early Opera Company.
Mikko Perkola, bass viol, studied viola and viola da gamba at the Sibelius Academy and the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, working under teachers such as Arvo Haasma, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola and Wieland Kuijken. His main interest lies in Early Music and as a viol player he has toured throughout Europe with Retrover, Battalia and the Spirit of Gambo as well as with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. Perkola is also active in the performance of contemporary music and has premiered several works involving the viola da gamba and viola. His recording of Bach's viola da gamba sonatas was released in 2007 on Naxos.
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Phantasm's debut recording on Linn Records explores the music of John WardЧитать подробнее