Concerts & Events

JORY VINIKOUR
“La Joie de Vivre”
Bach, Byrd, Bull, D. Scarlatti,
L. Couperin, Rameau, Royer

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Concert Timing: Doors open: 7:00pm | Concert Begins: 7:30pm | Concert Ends: 9:00pm
Venue: Live! at 10th and G Street, 945 G St., NW, Washington DC 20001
Public Transport: A very short walk from Metro Center Station
Driving: Parking below venue available for $10. Garage entrance is on G Place NW. Direct elevator access to venue from parking lot.
HEALTH & SAFETY: We comply with CDC & venue masking & spacing protocols. Ticket holders will be advised of requirements close to the concert date. Capriccio staff & the artist are fully vaccinated.
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In difficult times we’re all seeking our old Joie de Vivre. What better tonic than a concert with Grammy nominee Jory Vinikour, renowned for his technical mastery, sublime touch, and ability to infuse music with the deepest sense of joy!

Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. A highly diversified career brings him to the world’s most important festivals and concert halls as recital and concerto soloist, partner to several of today’s finest singers, and as one of the most visible continuo performers. Born in Chicago, Jory Vinikour came to Paris on a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation to study with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. First Prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public’s attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series such as Besançon Festival, Deauville, Monaco (Semaine de la Musique Baroque), Cleveland Museum of Art, Miami Bach Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, as well as in South America, Taiwan and Iceland.

A concerto soloist with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Nyman, he has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including Rotterdam Philharmonic, Flanders Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic of Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, and Moscow Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Gordan Nikolic, Constantine Orbelian, and Victor Yampolsky. He participated in a recording of Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Armin Jordan (Suisse Romande, 2005), and also performed the Harpsichord Concerto by the same composer with the Symphony Orchestra of the MDR in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus under the direction of Martin Haselböck in January of 2003.

Well- known as an accompanist, he has appeared extensively in recital with artists such as David Daniels (European tour in 2007), Hélène Delavault, Magdalena Kozena, Annick Massis, Marijana Mijanovic et al.  He has accompanied legendary Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in recitals in Sweden, Norway, Spain and Paris and at La Scala in Milan. With luthenist Jakob Lindberg, their programme of English and Italian music of the 17th century, entitled Music for a While was released by Deutsche Grammophon in early 2005.

A complete musician, Mr. Vinikour is gaining a reputation as a conductor (studies with Vladimir Kin and Denise Ham) and music director. His recent appearances with Musica Angelica (Los Angeles’ Baroque orchestra) were greeted with great enthusiasm by press and public alike. Conducting his own ensemble, Le Point du Jour, he accompanied stellar counter-tenor David Daniels in a five concert tour – Köln Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Münich Herkulessaal, the Concertgebouw, Barbican Center. For France 2 television, he has conducted Annick Massis in Pergolesi’s Stabat Materand arias by Händel

    Mr. Vinikour appears regularly as harpsichordist/ continuist at the Paris Opera, Netherlands Opera, Salzburg Festival, Teatro Real de Madrid, Glyndebourne, etc. and is heard on many recordings from Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, et al.  Jory is a regular presence at the Zurich Opera, and has appeared on their stage (disguised as Handel!) with Cecilia Bartoli in Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo é del disinganno. Jory Vinikour has been involved in the musical activities of the Château de Chimay (Belgium) since 2002, and is musical co-ordinator of the Baroque Voice Competition, held there annually.  He performed Stravinsky’s solo harpsichord part in productions of The Rake’s Progress at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Paris Opera in the 2007-2008 season. 

His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, released on Delos International in 2001 received excellent reviews throughout the world. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune named it as one of 2001’s top ten classical CD’s, an honor that was also accorded to Mr. Vinikour’s recording of Bach’s seven harpsichord toccatas in 1999. Mr. Vinikour will release a double-CD collection for Delos International of Handel’s keyboard music at the end of 2008, followed by recordings of the keyboard music of Pancrace Royer and Jacques Duphly. He has given premieres recently of Régis Campo’s Perpetuum mobile, and Toccatas by Harold Meltzer, both written for him.

Recent appearances include a recital of Bach and Handel for Music before 1800 (New York), concerts (director and harpsichordist) with Musica Angelica in Los Angeles, and he appeared as soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Marek Janowski) and Cape Town Philharmonic. He also made appearances in Reykjavik (Salurinn concert series), participated in a recording of Handel arias with Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon and the Gabrieli Consort, directed by Paul McCreesh;  performances at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival.  Upcoming performances include concerto performances with the Thüringer Symphoniker (Oliver Weder) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Stéphane Denève), as well as a recording of the sonatas for flute and harpsichord of J. S. Bach with virtuoso Joshua Smith (Telarc 2009). Mr Vinikour was guest artistic director of the Austrian Baroque Academy in Gmunden, Austria for the summer session of 2008.

Gramophone: “Vinikour is such a perceptive artist, and is so superlative in technical accomplishment…”

Gramophone: “Vinikour’s performances are so buoyant, glistening or noble that you’ll likely find yourself glued…”

BachTrack: “Dazzling. Sensual. Penetrating. … Jory Vinikour wowed audiences with spectacular displays of virtuosity and subtle dramatic expression.”

Christian Science Monitor:
“Vinikour makes a concert an experience, in the very best sense of the word. His playing excites the ear.”

PATRICK MERRILL
GRACE SRINIVASAN
Cantare e Sonare
Italian & English Works
for Voice & Harpsichord

Date: Monday, June 21, 2021
Concert Timing: Doors open: 7:00pm Concert begins: 7:30pm Concert ends: ~9:00pm
Venue: Live! at 10th and G – at UCC DC, 945 G St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Public Transport: One short block from Metro Center station
Parking: Underground ticketed parking ($10 flat fee 5-11pm) available below facility. Enter at 980 G Place, N.W. & park in any non-reserved spot. Take the church elevator to first floor (the Sanctuary concert venue).

CHOOSE SEAT TYPE USING DROPDOWN ARROW

Capriccio is delighted to present exceptional young local talent in its opening concert of the 2021/2022 Season. Patrick Merrill (harpsichord) and Grace Srinivasan (soprano), residents of Washington DC, present a beautiful program of works by Henry Purcell, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Barbara Strozzi, Marcello arr. by J.S. Bach, John Blow and George Frideric Handel. The program includes solo harpsichord and harpsichord with voice works.

PATRICK MERRILL (Harpsichord) & GRACE SRINIVASAN (Soprano)

CANTARE E SONARE
ITALIAN & ENGLISH WORKS FOR VOICE & HARPSICHORD

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) Toccata prima (from Libro 2)

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) Il Lamento in Morte di Maria Stuarda

Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) Che si può fare?

John Blow (1649-1708) Ground No. 1 in G

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Evening Hymn

Henry Purcell Sweeter than Roses

Henry Purcell The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation

Alessandro Marcello (1673-1747) Concerto in D minor
arr. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Suite in D minor HWV 428

George Frideric Handel “Se giunge un dispetto” from Agrippina

Soprano Grace Srinivasan and keyboardist Patrick Merrill are a married couple residing in Washington, D.C. with their two cats. Grace and
Patrick love to perform music that spans a wide variety of time periods, styles, and genres. They met while pursuing their Master’s degrees in
voice and harpsichord, respectively, at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to serving as a chorister at the
National Cathedral and Temple Sinai, Grace has been cantoring at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church since 2011. She has made appearances with
the Washington Bach Consort and Cantate Chamber Singers. Grace is also the co-founder of Musica Spira, an early music ensemble that specializes
in programs highlighting early modern female musicians. Patrick’s harpsichord continuo work includes appearances with the Washington Chamber
Orchestra, the Bach in Baltimore series, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Philadelphia-based
Baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare. In 2016, he won second prize at the eighth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. He
has been teaching in the music departments at Baltimore School for the Arts and George Washington University since 2014, and is currently working
on his doctorate in harpsichord performance at Peabody Conservatory, for which is a recipient of the Dean’s DMA Fellowship.



ANNA KISKACHI
‘Jupiter’

date to be announced


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Capriccio has been overwhelmed with requests for a repeat performance of Anna Kiskachi’s thrilling “Jupiter” program. And, we’ve listened – Anna will be back! Don’t miss this wildly theatrical, virtuosic performance. You’ll quake in moments of musical darkness, laugh out loud with pleasure, and enjoy a simply wonderful evening with this brilliant performer.

JUPITER – GOD OF SKY AND THUNDER​

PART I: THE APPALLING MYSTERY

~ Celestial Might ~

N – P. Royer (1705 – 1755)
Vertigo, g-moll

F. M. Lopez (1742 – 1821)
Fandango d-moll

~ Magnificence ~

J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Prelude from Cello Suite Nr. 2, d-moll               [Transcription for harpsichord by A. Kiskachi]
Chromatic Fantasia and fugue, d-moll

~ Ghastly Fearfulness ~

G. Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Passacaglia Ungherese

J – B. Forqueray (1672 – 1745)
Jupiter                                                                [Transcription for harpsichord by J-B. Forqueray]

PART II: THE INTRIGUING MYSTERY

~ Spiritual Enchantment ~

D. Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)
Sonata A-dur, K.208

F. Couperin (1668 – 1733)
Les Fastes de la grande et ancienne Mxnxstrxndxsx /“The Annals of the Great & Venerable Guild of ‘Minstrelsy” 

First Act: The notables and the Minstrel jury

Second Act: The hurdy-gurdy players and the beggars

Third Act: Jugglers, tumblers, and tight-rope dancers, with bears & monkeys

Fourth Act: Invalids, or those crippled in the service of the Great Minstrelsy

 Fifth Act: Confusion and rout of the whole troupe caused by the drunkards, the monkeys & the bears

~ Transcendence ~

J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Prelude from Lute Suite c-moll

P. Wajsar (1978 -)
Harpsycho

ANNA KISKACHI

Harpsichord, piano, hammer-clavier, historical piano and continuo player.

Prize-winner at the Prague Spring Harpsichord Competition (Czech Republic), a leading music competition represented by the World Federation of Music Competitions.

Winner of the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Prize for best performance of the Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra (composer: Bohuslav Martinu).

Winner of the Wanda Landowska Harpsichord Competition (Italy).

Senior Lecturer for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (Austria).


“[.. Anna Kiskachi completely steals the show with her virtuosic performance …moving from the small Italian to larger two-manual French harpsichord for the occasion.  This really was a show-stopping performance, full of dramatic and well-timed pauses.”  Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review.

Anna Kiskachi recently celebrated her debuts at:
          Konzerthaus Vienna
          Great Hall of Brivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
          Moscow International House of Music
          Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
          Concertgebouw Brugge
          Moscow Philarmonic Hall
          ZaryadyeHall
          & many others…

Anna Kiskachi recently participated in prestigious festivals including:
          Utrecht Early Music Fabulous Fringe Festival (Holland)
          Musica Antiqua Brugge (Belgium)
          Resonanzen – Festival (Austria)
          Styriarte – die steirischen Festpiele (Austria)
          Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Austria)
          Yamanashi Early Music Festival (Japan)
          New Virtuosi (Great Britain)
          Bach Festival (Poland)
          AMIA – amis de la musique sur instruments ancienc (France)
          Clavecin en France (France)
          Neuburger Barockkonzerte (Germany)
          & many others…

With her numerous concerts as a soloist, as part of the A&A Cembalo Duo, and as a continuo player Anna is widely appreciated and lauded across Europe and internationally. She has performed in Russia, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Finland, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, and Japan.

Anna has performed with highly regarded orchestras including the Orchestra of Salzburg Philharmonie (Austria); Les Orpheistes (Vienna); the Haydn Orchestra (Bolzano); Collegium 1704, Filharmonie Bohuslava, Martinu Zlin, etc.  Anna has also collaborated with many renowned musicians including Julia Lezhneva, Michi Gaigg, soloists of the Moscow Baroque ensemble Pratum Integrum, and with ensemble NEObarock (winner of the prestigious music award ECHO).  Anna has also collaborated in programs with the Moscow PhilarmonicSalzburg Philarmonic and the Haydn Fondazione (Bolzano, Italy). 

In 2011 Anna Kiskachi and Anastasia Antonova founded A&A Cembalo Duo.  This is the only harpsichord duo in Russia and its unique and extravagant performances have been enthusiastically endorsed by audiences in cities across Europe and in Japan.

Since 2012 Anna has been an Invited Artist at the Accademia Villa Bossi in Italy.

In 2019 Anna was appointed a Senior Lecturer for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. 

REVIEWS OF ANNA KISKACHI’S PERFORMANCES

“We didn’t expect that the harpsichord could render such emotive and hot-blooded music” 

“Her distinctive and recognizable style, torrid emotionality, profound sound,and  intriguing and unexpected musical conceptions are what makes her harpsichord speak and her concerts a fascinating tour de force.”

“…la charismatique claveciniste…“        Ouest France,  French Newspaper

“… Anna Kiskachi completely steals the show with her virtuosic performance … moving from the  small Italian to a larger two-manual French  harpsichord for the occasion. This really was a show-stopping performance, full of dramatic and well-timed pauses.”     Andrew Benson-Wilson,  Early Music Reviews

“Just grandiose…”         Augsburger allgemeine,  German newspaper

“I have not experienced such a fascinating concert for a long time“    Westphalian News,  German Newspaper

“A. Kiskachi managed (in Royers “Vertigo“) to get furious and rich sounds out of her instrument … before returning seconds later to finer sounds”     Augsburger Allgemeine,  German newspaper



COLIN BOOTH
J.S. Bach’s Mentors:
predecessors, inspirers, friends
A Capriccio Benefit Soirée
RESCHEDULED DATE TBA


Date: Date tba
Concert Timing: Doors open: 5:45pm | Concert Begins: 6:00pm | Soirée Ends: ~10:30pm
Venue: Aberfoyle Place, Washington DC


Colin Booth, an internationally acclaimed harpsichordist, is also a renowned early keyboard builder, author, and artist. In this gorgeous program Colin plays music composed by J.S. Bach’s close musical associates on an exquisite instrument he built and decorated. Built in 2011 after a 1710 single manual instrument by J.C. Fleischer, this two manual instrument has a crisp, warm, rich voice perfectly suited to northern European Baroque music. The instrument is also visually stunning – an artwork in fact. Colin will also perform on an Ottavino which he built.

This event is a full-evening Benefit Soirée. Seating is available for just 15 attendees who enjoy a specialized music program followed by an elegant, complimentary dinner with the artist and a local music personality. The evening’s special wines are sourced and donated by the International Wine Review. Soirées are important fund raisers for Capriccio, a registered 501c3 non-profit. Tickets for one seat are offered at $140, with $100 of this being tax deductible. Join Capriccio for a most glorious musical evening!

The program features music of the German Baroque music composed by J.S. Bach’s close musical associates. Full details to be announced soon.

Colin Booth has combined the careers of harpsichordist and harpsichord-maker for 40 years. As maker, he has more than 300 customers to his credit, including a large number of Early Music professionals. 

As a player, Colin has performed as soloist and continuo harpsichordist in a number of countries, from Denmark to South Africa. He taught and played annually for 25 years at the Dartington International Summer School, and has recorded 12 CDs of solo harpsichord music.

Colin’s extensive recordings, which include many important recordings of early English composers, have met with considerable acclaim.  His most recent recording is of music by the great Elizabethan master William Byrd, The Melodious Birde – Keyboard Music by William Byrde played on three different and appropriate instruments from his workshop.  Other recordings of early English composers include Peter Philips – The English ExilePurcell – The English Orpheus; and William Croft Keyboard Music.  Colin is currently preparing a 4-CD complete recording of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, which follows on from his earlier Bach recording of the Goldberg Variations. Colin has also authored an important book for players of Baroque keyboard music  – Did Bach Really Mean That? – Deceptive Notation in Baroque Keyboard Music.

Richard Turbet for The Consort: “Great playing, gorgeous sound. Clarity and empathy are Booth’s forte….”

BBC Music Magazine: “…the performances [Colin Booth] gives are first-rate. His account of Bach’s WTC, for example is notable for its scholarly grounding as well as its emotional force, while his instrument allows the part-writing to emerge with unusual clarity.

Julie-Anne Sadie, Gramaphone: “[Booth’s] interpretations are at once poetic, luxuriant and emotionally compelling.”

Gramophone: “The success of Booth’s performance …stems from tempi which take time to enjoy not just the harpsichord’s tone but the richness and lyricism that is there in the music.”

ANNA KISKACHI – ‘JUPITER’

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JUPITER – GOD OF SKY AND THUNDER​

PART I: THE APPALLING MYSTERY

~ Celestial Might ~

G. F. Handel (1685 – 1759)
Jupiter’s Aria: “Ah, take heed what you press”

N – P. Royer (1705 – 1755)
Vertigo, g-moll

F. M. Lopez (1742 – 1821)
Fandango d-moll

~ Magnificence ~

J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Prelude from Cello Suite Nr. 2, d-moll               [Transcription for harpsichord by A. Kiskachi]
Chromatic Fantasia and fugue, d-moll

~ Ghastly Fearfulness ~

G. Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Passacaglia Ungherese

J – B. Forqueray (1672 – 1745)
Jupiter                                                                [Transcription for harpsichord by J-B. Forqueray]

PART II: THE INTRIGUING MYSTERY

~ Spiritual Enchantment ~

A. Scarlatti (1660 – 1725)
Aria “Agitata da fiera procella” from ‘Griselda’

D. Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)
Sonata A-dur, K.208

F. Couperin (1668 – 1733)
Les Fastes de la grande et ancienne Mxnxstrxndxsx /“The Annals of the Great & Venerable Guild of ‘Minstrelsy” 

First Act: The notables and the Minstrel jury

Second Act: The hurdy-gurdy players and the beggars

Third Act: Jugglers, tumblers, and tight-rope dancers, with bears & monkeys

Fourth Act: Invalids, or those crippled in the service of the Great Minstrelsy

 Fifth Act: Confusion and rout of the whole troupe caused by the drunkards, the monkeys & the bears

~ Transcendence ~

J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Prelude from Lute Suite c-moll

P. Wajsar (1978 -)
Harpsycho

ANNA KISKACHI

Harpsichord-, piano-, hammer-clavier-, historical piano- and continuo-player

Prize-winner at the PRAGUE SPRING Harpsichord Competition (Czech Republic) – a leading music competition of the World Federation Music Competitions

Winner of the BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ FOUNDATION PRIZE for best performance of the ‘Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra’ composed by B. Martinů

Winner of the WANDA LANDOWSKA Harpsichord Competition (Italy)

SENIOR LECTURER for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria) 

PERFORMER with the A&A CEMBALO DUO

CONCERT ACTIVITY and RADIO RECORDINGS

Anna’s RECENT CONCERT APPEARANCES have been at venues such as: 

Konzerthaus Vienna

Great Hall of TrivoliVredenburg in Utrecht

Moscow International House of Music

Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory

Concertgebouw Brugge

Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory

Moscow Philarmonie-Hall

Zaryadye – Hall
and many others…
                                                                                                               

Anna has recently PARTICIPATED IN PRESTIGIOUS FESTIVALS including:
Utrecht Early Music Fabulous Fringe Festval (Holland)  

Musica Antiqua Brugge (Belgium)

Resonanzen – Festival (Austria) 

Styriarte – die steirischen Festpiele (Austria) 

Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Austria)

Clavecin en France (France)

AMIA – amis de la musique sur instruments ancienc (France)

Yamanashi Early Music Festival (Japan) 

New Virtuosi (Great Britain) Bach Festival (Poland) 

Neuburger Barockkonzerte (Germany) 
and many others…


Anna has RECEIVED GREAT ACCLAIM FOR HER CONCERTS as a soloist, with the A&A cembalo duo, and as a continuo-player in countries as diverse as:
Russia, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Finland, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, and Japan

Anna has COLLABORATED WITH PRESTIGIOUS ORCHESTRAS including:
Orchestra of Salzburg Philharmonie
Orchestra, “Les Orpheistes” (Vienna)
Haydn Orchestra (Bolzano)
Collegium 1704 

Anna has COLLABORATED WITH WELL-KNOWN MUSICIANS such as:
Julia Lezhneva, Michi Gaigg, soloists of the Moscow baroque ensemble Pratum Integrum, Ensemble NEObarock (winner of the prestigious music award ECHO) and has participated in programs with Moscow and Salzburg Philarmonie and Haydn Fondazione (Bolzano, Italy).

With harpsichordist Anastasia Antonova, Anna  FOUNDED THE ACCLAIMED A&A CEMBALO DUO in 2011, the only Russian harpsichord Duo.  The Duo’s unique and extravagant performances have been enthusiastically endorsed by audiences across Europe, Russia and Japan. The A&A cembalo duo made their U.S. debut in 2019 at Capriccio Baroque.

Since 2012 Anna has been an INVITED ARTIST AT ACCADEMIA VILLA BOSSI (Italy).

In 2019 Anna became a SENIOR LECTURER for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria).

Anna Kiskachi’s PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN BROADCAST by Russian Culture TV and European raio stations such as Radio Österreich 1Orpheus, Radio Russia, Russian World foundation (Russia), Deutschlandfunk, WDR 3, Bayrischer Rundfunk (Germany), Český rozhlas (Czech Republic). These have met with critical acclaim by reviewers in Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia.  

PRIZES AND AWARDS

Anna has been a laureate and prize winner at numerous prestigious international competitions, including

  • WANDA LANDOWSKA International Competition in Italy (First Prize)
  • PRAGUE SPRING International Competition, where she also was awarded the special prize for “best performance of ‘Concerto for Harpsichord with Orchestra’ composed by B. Martinů
  • SVIREL International Harpsichord Competition in Slovenia – award given to A&A cembalo duo
  • OSAKA International Competition in piano nomination in Japan
  • SAN BARTOLOMEO International Competition in Italy
  • MUSICA CLASSICA International Competition in chamber-music in Russia
  • International IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Italy where she also received the “Special Prize for Talent” 

EDUCATION

Born in Moscow (Russia), Anna Kiskachi began to play the piano at just three years of age. She was already garnering prizes at children’s and youth competitions and festivals during her school years.  She also received scholarships from the New Names and Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation. Anna’s Russian and European-based education are reflected in her playing and performance art. 

Anna graduated from the leading universities of Russia and Europe with the highest honors

  • Moscow State Conservatoire studying with Prof. Olga Filippova (harpsichord)Prof. Alexei Lubimov (hammer-clavier and historical piano), Prof. Michael Dubov (piano); 
  • Mozarteum University in Salzburg studying with Prof. Florian Birsak (harpsichord);
  • University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna studying with Prof. Wolfgang Glüxam;
  • High School of Music and Theatre München (Germany) studying with Prof. Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord and historically informed performance).
  • High School of Music and Dance Cologne (Germany) studying with Prof. Michael Borstede (harpsichord)

Anna has also participated in master-classes with renowned musicians, including K. Haugsand, S. Sempe,  P. Hantai,
Chr. Rousset, B. Rannou, S. Henstra, B. Rannou, P. Ayrton, and M. Mencoboni.

ACTIVITY AS AN ART-DIRECTOR

Beside her performing activities, Anna Kiskachi has devised and directed the theatre-music project The Muse and the Fashion («Муза и мода») – a cycle of thematic music-theatre programs with involvement of musicians and actors from Russia, Austria, Germany, Italy and China. This highly successful project was featured at the Concert-Theatre hall in Yausa Castle, at the State Historical Museum on Red Square and at the Theatre-Concert hall of Kolomenskoe-estate (Moscow, Russia) over the course of several years.

ANNA KISKACHI
“FILM EN MINIATURE”
a spellbinding Concert au Cinéma
Watch the Film Preview below!

Anna Kiskachi’s exceptional creativity and musical sensibility is at the fore in this uniquely beautiful Concert au Cinéma. Created around the many moods of harpsichord music it’s a real tour de force. Watch the Preview Below!

Date & Time for Screenings in the Americas: July 14, 2021, 7:30pm US EST
Date & Time for Screenings in Tokyo, Japan: July 15, 2021, 8:30am
Date & Time for Screenings in UK: July 14, 2021, 8:00pm GMT
Date & Time for Screenings in France, Italy, South Africa: July 14, 2021, 9:00pm local time
Date & Time for Screenings in Moscow, Russia: July 14, 2021, 10:00pm Moscow time

Ticketed Viewing on Capriccio’s YouTube Channel: July 15, 2021, 9:00am US EST to July 31, 2021, 5:00pm US EST (without live introduction & Q&As held at public Screenings)

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This Concert au Cinéma is a spellbinding musical tale inspired by the many moods of harpsichord music. Its music program is wide-ranging, each a masterpiece performed here with true brilliance. Its storyline is tight, clever, joyous, mysterious and, at times, dark – it’s a short journey through many moods and emotions. Its cinematography, rich in color and depth, guides viewers through the tale in successive musical vignettes with music from the 16th to 20th Centuries. It ends with J.S. Bach’s deeply reflective Cello Suite No. 2 in d minor, arranged for harpsichord by Anna Kiskachi.

‘Film en Miniature’ – created, directed and performed by Anna Kiskachi

L. Marchand (1669 – 1932) Suite in d minor, Chaconne

B. Martinu (1890 – 1959) Deuxiéme pièce pour Clavecin H.244

D. Scarlatti (1685 – 1757) Sonata in E Major, K.134

Anon. (c. 1580) English Folksong. ‘A Newe Northen Dittye of ye Ladye Greene Sleves’ in the Chinoiserie style & with improvisations

L. Marchand (1699 – 1732) Suite in d minor, Allemande

L. Marchand Suite in d minor, Prelude

A. Liadow (1855 – 1914) Une Tabatiére a Musique (The Music Box) Op. 32 A Major

A. Forqueray (1672 – 1745) ‘La Rameau’

A. Forqueray ‘Jupiter’

J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750) Cello Suite No. 2, d minor, Prelude arr. for harpsichord by Anna Kiskachi

ANNA KISKACHI

Harpsichord, piano, hammer-clavier, historical piano and continuo player.

Prize-winner at the Prague Spring Harpsichord Competition (Czech Republic), a leading music competition represented by the World Federation of Music Competitions.

Winner of the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Prize for best performance of the Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra (composer: Bohuslav Martinu).

Winner of the Wanda Landowska Harpsichord Competition (Italy).

Senior Lecturer for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (Austria).


“[.. Anna Kiskachi completely steals the show with her virtuosic performance …moving from the small Italian to larger two-manual French harpsichord for the occasion.  This really was a show-stopping performance, full of dramatic and well-timed pauses.”  Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review.

Anna Kiskachi recently celebrated her debuts at:
          Konzerthaus Vienna
          Great Hall of Brivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
          Moscow International House of Music
          Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
          Concertgebouw Brugge
          Moscow Philarmonic Hall
          ZaryadyeHall
          & many others…

Anna Kiskachi recently participated in prestigious festivals including:
          Utrecht Early Music Fabulous Fringe Festival (Holland)
          Musica Antiqua Brugge (Belgium)
          Resonanzen – Festival (Austria)
          Styriarte – die steirischen Festpiele (Austria)
          Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Austria)
          Yamanashi Early Music Festival (Japan)
          New Virtuosi (Great Britain)
          Bach Festival (Poland)
          AMIA – amis de la musique sur instruments ancienc (France)
          Clavecin en France (France)
          Neuburger Barockkonzerte (Germany)
          & many others…

With her numerous concerts as a soloist, as part of the A&A Cembalo Duo, and as a continuo player Anna is widely appreciated and lauded across Europe and internationally. She has performed in Russia, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Finland, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, and Japan.

Anna has performed with highly regarded orchestras including the Orchestra of Salzburg Philharmonie (Austria); Les Orpheistes (Vienna); the Haydn Orchestra (Bolzano); Collegium 1704, Filharmonie Bohuslava, Martinu Zlin, etc.  Anna has also collaborated with many renowned musicians including Julia Lezhneva, Michi Gaigg, soloists of the Moscow Baroque ensemble Pratum Integrum, and with ensemble NEObarock (winner of the prestigious music award ECHO).  Anna has also collaborated in programs with the Moscow PhilarmonicSalzburg Philarmonic and the Haydn Fondazione (Bolzano, Italy). 

In 2011 Anna Kiskachi and Anastasia Antonova founded A&A Cembalo Duo.  This is the only harpsichord duo in Russia and its unique and extravagant performances have been enthusiastically endorsed by audiences in cities across Europe and in Japan.

Since 2012 Anna has been an Invited Artist at the Accademia Villa Bossi in Italy.

In 2019 Anna was appointed a Senior Lecturer for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. 

REVIEWS OF ANNA KISKACHI’S PERFORMANCES

“We didn’t expect that the harpsichord could render such emotive and hot-blooded music” 

“Her distinctive and recognizable style, torrid emotionality, profound sound,and  intriguing and unexpected musical conceptions are what makes her harpsichord speak and her concerts a fascinating tour de force.”

“…la charismatique claveciniste…“        Ouest France,  French Newspaper

“… Anna Kiskachi completely steals the show with her virtuosic performance … moving from the  small Italian to a larger two-manual French  harpsichord for the occasion. This really was a show-stopping performance, full of dramatic and well-timed pauses.”     Andrew Benson-Wilson,  Early Music Reviews

“Just grandiose…”         Augsburger allgemeine,  German newspaper

“I have not experienced such a fascinating concert for a long time“    Westphalian News,  German Newspaper

“A. Kiskachi managed (in Royers “Vertigo“) to get furious and rich sounds out of her instrument … before returning seconds later to finer sounds”     Augsburger Allgemeine,  German newspaper


BAROQUE DANCE CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS

Learn the basics of beautiful, elegant Baroque dance forms in this 4 class program and perform a choreographed dance; explore the rhythmic underpinnings of Baroque music; & have lots of fun!

A four-class program designed specifically for beginners & novices
In these classes you’ll:
learn basic Baroque dance steps
perform a choreographed dance
explore the rhythmic underpinnings of Baroque music
& have lots of fun!

No prior dance experience of any kind required
Only a basic fitness level necessary
No special shoes/equipment needed

Sponsors:  Capriccio Baroque, Mary Findley, Simone Lee, & Carolyn Winter

Paige Whitley-Bauguess is renowned both as a Baroque dancer and instructor of Baroque dance.  She has experience teaching classes for all levels, for complete beginners through professionals.

Paige Whitley-Bauguess interprets, recreates, and performs Baroque theatre dance in venues around the world, appearing as a soloist and with dance partner Thomas Baird. A recent performance with Baird was described as “a window on the past…like being caught in a musical and theatrical time warp that reached my ears and eyes as a soft-focus vision of a quite spectacular moment in the history of western performance art,” (The Georgia Straight, Vancouver, BC).

Paige is director of the Baroque Arts Project with Barry Bauguess and producer of two baroque dance DVDs: Introduction to Baroque Dance-Dance Types and Dance of the French Baroque Theatre. In addition to her artistic collaborations with Thomas, Paige has stage directed baroque opera and theatre for UNC-Chapel Hill, Wingate University, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Magnolia Baroque Festival (with Baird), Peabody Conservatory, East Carolina University, and VOX (Charlotte). She has served on the faculties of Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments, East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University, and Stanford Baroque Dance Workshop. Whitley-Bauguess holds an MA in Dance History from the University of California at Riverside and a BFA in Ballet from the UNC School of the Arts where she also attended high school.

DATES: 
Classes run on Mondays, 6:45pm-9:15pm on  Sept 30; Oct .21; Nov. 11; & Dec. 9 
An optional ‘practice session’ is also offered at the GWU dance studio on Nov. 25

VENUE: 
George Washington University,  District House Dance Studio, 2121 H Street NW, Washington  DC 20052

JANINE JOHNSON – J.S. BACH’s MENTORS, INFLUENCERS & PUPILS

THIS CONCERT WAS ON MAY 19 2018 Janine Johnson, harpsichord decorator and artist, harpsichordist, pianist, and composer performs works by J.S. Bach & those who taught, influenced or learned from him.

Janine Johnson, harpsichord decorator and artist, harpsichordist, pianist & composer performs works by J.S. Bach & those who taught, influenced or learned from him – Buxtehude, Reincken, Fischer, Krebs, Pachelbel and Bohm. The artist supplements this beautiful program with fascinating informational snippets about the relationship, both personal and professional, between Bach and these composers.

American harpsichordist Janine Johnson began her musical studies on the modern piano and started playing the harpsichord as a teenager.  Janine majored in piano performance and two dimensional art at California State University, Northridge and began building and decorating harpsichords in earnest at this time. She has worked as an instrument maker and instrument decorator with renowned harpsichord builder John Phillips in Berkeley, California, for the past 26 years.

Known for the intricate artwork with which she adorns world-class harpsichords, the multi-talented Janine Johnson is also a gifted harpsichordist, pianist and composer in her own right. Her playing style is remarkable for for its elegance and exceptional agility.  Janine’s performing career is primarily based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she gives numerous solo and chamber music recitals, often including original works.  She is also a regular performer at the prestigious annual Brandywine Baroque Harpsichord Heaven weekend.  Janine composes solo and chamber music for the fortepiano and harpsichord and was second place winner this year in the International Alienor Competition for harpsichord composition.

Janine’s extensive harpsichord discography includes:
* J.S. Bach – Works for Harpsichord
* Dietrich Buxtehude & Johann Pachelbel: German Keyboard Masters
* Selections from J.S. Bach: Clavier Übung III
* J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations
* J.S. Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias (including ornamental versions)
* Janine Johnson: Suites Op. 22,29 & 24 (Original compositions by Janine Johnson)

J.S. BACH’S MENTORS, INFLUENCERS AND PUPILS
JANINE JOHNSON, HARPSICHORD

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
     Praeludium in a minor Bux WV 153

Johann Pachelbel  (1653-1706)
     Toccata in d minor
     Fugue in d minor

Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
     Suite in F major
     Allemande
     Courante
     Sarabande
     Double
     Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
     Little Prelude in C major BWV 933                                              
     Fugue in C major BWV 952

J.C.F. Fischer (1656-1746)
     Prelude and Fugue in E major from Ariadne Music                                     

Johann Sebastian Bach
     Prelude and Fugue in E major from das Wohltemperierte Klavier II          

Dietrich Buxtehude
     Canzona in e minor Bux WV 153                                

Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (1656-1746)
     PraeludiumVIII and Chaconne

Johann Adam Reincken (1623-1722)
     Fuga in g minor                                                   

                                                    ~~~~~~~~~Intermission~~~~~~~~~

Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780)
     Suite No. 3 in g minor from Vier Piecen                                                                  
     Overture
     Lentement
     Vivement
     Paisan
     Menuett 1 & 2
     Gavotte
     Air avec Doubles
     Passepied 1 & 2
     Rigaudon 

BAROQUE DANCE – WORKSHOPS FOR BEGINNERS & NOVICES

Join us as renowned Baroque Dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess leads delightful classes in this most elegant dance form. We welcome those of any level!

The BEGINNER WORKSHOP runs 1:00-4:00pm on Sat., Mar. 3
This Workshop is designed for those with no prior Baroque dance experience & those who have previously taken introductory classes.  It will cover: an introduction to Baroque dance & its place in Baroque society & court manners; a look at 17th Century dance choreographies; demonstrations of dance forms by the instructor; &, instruction on basic introductory steps.

To Bring: gym attire, flat shoes that slide a bit on wood floors or socks; water bottle
Venue: Parish Hall, St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 Oakland St., Arlington, VA 22203
Metro Accessible: one block from Virginia Square on Orange Line
Parking: available in the church’s parking lot & also timed street parking
Registration: $55 at www.CapriccioBaroque.org  Class size limited to 10.

The NOVICE WORKSHOP runs 10:00am-12:00pm on Sun., Mar. 4.
This Workshop is designed for those with an existing knowledge of basic dance steps & aims to increase fluency in core dance types & build knowledge of dance choreography.

To Bring: gym attire, flat shoes that slide a bit on wood floors or socks; water bottle
Registration: $55 at www.CapriccioBaroque.org    Class size limited to 6. 

Baroque Dancer, PAIGE WHITLEY-BAUGUESS, interprets, recreates, and performs Baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world as a soloist and with dance partner Thomas Baird. She is director of the Baroque Arts Project in North Carolina and producer of two baroque dance DVDs featuring the duo’s collaborative work: Introduction to Baroque Dance-Dance Types and Dance of the French Baroque Theatre. In addition to her artistic collaborations with Thomas, Paige has stage directed baroque operas for the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Magnolia Baroque Festival (with Baird), Wingate University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Peabody Conservatory, and East Carolina University. She has served on the faculties of Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Modern Early Music Institute, East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University, and Stanford Baroque Dance Workshop. Whitley-Bauguess holds an MA in Dance History from the University of California at Riverside and a BFA in Ballet from the NC School of the Arts where she also attended high school. Visit Paige at www.BaroqueDance.com.