May 20, 2018
Chatham Baroque has been exciting audiences for more than 25 years with dazzling technique and lively interpretations of music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries played on copies of instruments from that period. The artistically nimble ensemble of Andrew Fouts (violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo) regularly invites the finest of guest artists to perform with them, allowing for repertoire ranging from well-known masterpieces to obscure gems. They also tour nationally and internationally and present numerous early childhood and community outreach programs.
The demand for Chatham Baroque’s unique brand of artistry and expertise continues to grow, offering a unique resource for other arts organizations in the Pittsburgh region. In recent years, Chatham Baroque has collaborated with the Pittsburgh Opera, Quantum Theatre, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Renaissance & Baroque, Attack Theatre and Pittsburgh Festival Opera to critical acclaim.
Chatham Baroque has released two critically acclaimed CDs under their own label with a third due in the summer of 2017. They have begun to re-master and re-package seven previously released and out of print CDs for a collection entitled “Vintage Chatham Baroque.”
For more information: www.chathambaroque.org
Andrew Fouts, violin, has been noted for his “mellifluous sound and sensitive style” (Washington Post) and as “an extraordinary violinist” who exhibits “phenomenal control” (Bloomington Herald-Times). In 2008 Andrew won first prize at the American Bach Soloists’ International Baroque Violin Competition. In addition to Chatham Baroque, he regularly appears with The Four Nations Ensemble, and Apollo’s Fire. Since 2010 Andrew has served as concertmaster with the Washington Bach Consort, in performance with which the Washington Post has written “Fouts, the group’s new concertmaster, was exemplary on the highest part, playing with clean intonation and radiant tone.” He has taught at the Madison Early Music Festival and the Oficina de Música de Curitiba, Brazil, and can be heard on recordings with Chatham Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Musik Ekklesia, and Alarm Will Sound. His principal teachers include Charles Castleman at the Eastman School of Music, and Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba, holds a doctoral degree in Early Music Performance Practice from Stanford University. After completing graduate degrees she studied in the Netherlands in The Hague. A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Patty is a founding member of Chatham Baroque. Recent collaborations outside of Chatham Baroque include concerts with Ensemble VIII, The Rose Ensemble, Empire Viols, Mountainside Baroque, J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Sixth Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Bach passion performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Patty has served on the faculty of the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s annual summer conclave and teaches gamba privately in Pittsburgh.
Scott Pauley holds a doctoral degree in Early Music Performance from Stanford University. Before settling in Pittsburgh in 1996 to join Chatham Baroque, he lived in London for five years, where he studied with Nigel North at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. There he performed with various early music ensembles, including the Brandenburg Consort, The Sixteen, and Florilegium. He won prizes at the 1996 Early Music Festival Van Vlaanderen in Brugge and at the 1994 Van Wassenaer Competition in Amsterdam. In North America Scott has performed with Tempesta di Mare, Musica Angelica, Opera Lafayette, The Folger Consort, The Four Nations Ensemble, The Toronto Consort, and Hesperus and has soloed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in numerous Baroque opera productions as a continuo player, both in the USA and abroad. He performed in Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, with the acclaimed British ensemble, The English Concert. In 2016, Scott traveled to Argentina for the Festival Internacional de Música Barroca “Camino de las Estancias,” in Córdoba.
The artistically nimble trio of Andrew Fouts (baroque violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo) are known for their dazzling technique and lively interpretations of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music played on instruments of the period.