THE ENLIGHTENED MUSIC MAKER
George Frederic Handel
George Frederic Handel
Micel Pignolet de Montéclair
Johann Sebastian Bach
Allegro from Sonata in F HWV370
Sonata for Violin & Continuo
Cantata: La Lucrezia HWV 145
Sonata for Violoncello & Continuo in B flat RV47
La Mort de Didon - cantate avec violon
Sonata for violin & obbligato harpsichord BWV1019
Cantata: “Teach me, Venus”
Steven Devine enjoys a busy career as a music director and keyboard player working with some of the finest musicians. He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there - including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. Steven is Music Director for New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has conducted performances of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Mozart's La Finta Semplice and Il Re Pastore, Stradella's Il Trespolo Tutore, Rossini's Le Comte Ory, Handel's Xerxes and Tamerlano, Arne's Artaxerxes, Galuppi's Il Mondo alla Roversa. He has directed the first performance of the newly-acquired score of Cavalli's Erismena and Sallieri's Falstaff with the same forces. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel's Orlando and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
Since 2007 Steven has been the harpsichordist with London Baroque in addition to his position as Co-principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also the principal keyboard player for The Gonzaga Band, Apollo and Pan, The Classical Opera Company and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made three solo recordings. His latest recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations (Chandos Records) has been receiving critical acclaim - including Gramophone magazine describing it as "among the best". Another volume of Bach's harpsichord works is in preparation.
Steven is a regular member of the OAE education team, Professor of Harpsichord and Fortepiano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and a visiting teacher, adjudicator and examiner for many other institutions. He is also Director of Development for the Finchcocks Collection of historical keyboard instruments in Kent.
Kate Semmens is a soprano with a wide and varied career, singing in opera widely on the concert platform. She has sung with some of the most eminent choirs and consorts including the Monteverdi Choir, Gabrielli Consort, Dunedin Consort, Eric Whitacre Singers, and Brabant Consort. With these she has recorded several CDs and appeared in the world’s major concert halls. In opera, Kate has played roles ranging from Cupid in Blow’s Venus and Adonis to Mrs P in Michael Nyman’s The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, although she is most commonly known as a performer of Baroque repertoire.·Of her Ciro, in the New Chamber Opera of Stradella's·Il Trespolo Tutore, Opera Magazine wrote "the clarity and charm of Kate Semmens' soprano was disarming".··Kate was thrilled to launch her solo disc ‘Delicatessen’ with harpsichordist Steven Devine last spring.
Rebecca Truscott was born in 1979 and studied cello at Chetham's School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where her teachers included Helen Thatcher, Mats Lidström and Jenny Ward-Clarke. She won prizes for her chamber music playing including the John B McEwen Prize and the Early Music Prize and was awarded a scholarship to study with her string quartet at IMS Prussia Cove. Since then she has worked extensively on the early music scene with orchestras such as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Gabrielli Consort, the Hanover Band, Classical Opera Company and the Bach Players, and has also performed throughout Europe with Jordi Savall's le Concert des Nations, playing principal at the Easter Festival in Moscow in 2011.
Matthew Truscott is one of the leaders of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a versatile violinist who shares his time between period instrument and·'modern'·performance, appearing with some of the finest musicians in both fields. In demand as a guest leader, engagements in this capacity have included projects with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, The English Concert,·Le Concert d'Astrée,·The King's Consort, Arcangelo, Budapest Festival Orchestra,·English National Opera,·Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.·He is also leader of St James' Baroque, Classical Opera and the Magdalena Consort.
A keen chamber musician, recent recordings have included a set of Purcell Trio Sonatas with Retrospect Trio, a disc of Bach chamber music with Trevor Pinnock, Emmanuel Pahud and Jonathan Manson, and one of Haydn Piano Trios with Richard Lester and Simon Crawford-Phillips. ·Matthew teaches baroque violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.