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American Bach Soloists (Baroque Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble)

Founded: 1989 - California, USA

The American Bach Soloists (= ABS), founded in 1989 by artistic and music director Jeffrey Thomas and organist Jonathan Dimmock, have been hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as "period style all-stars" who are "setting a new international standard" by presenting and recording historically informed, virtuoso performances of music of the Baroque and Classical periods, often focusing on the cantatas, motets, and concertos of J.S. Bach.

Bringing together the leading vocal and instrumental interpreters of Baroque music in the USA, ABS members comprise a veritable "Who's Who" among early music specialists, most with significant recording careers already established in the US and Europe. Along with their adjunct ensemble, the American Classical Soloists, ABS presents a concert series December through May, with performances in Marin, San Francisco and the East Bay, and an annual SummerFest, six days of concerts, lectures, recitals, and related events in Marin County each July. American Bach Soloists are Artists-in-Residence at St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere California.

ABS appears at music festivals in both the USA and Europe, having performed on tour in Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, and in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Atlanta, and at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In 1991, the ensemble received National Public Radio's prestigious Lucien Wulsin Award for Best Performance.

The ensemble records extensively for Koch International Classics. Works currently in their discography include six volumes of cantatas and the Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) by J.S. Bach, J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and Transcriptions of Italian Music (including the Concerto for four harpsichords and Giovanni Battista Pergolesiís Stabat Mater), Heinrich Schütz' Musicalische Exequien, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. Future releases include J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051), L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and the Concerti Grossi Op. 6 of Arcangelo Corelli.

Members of American Bach Soloists Vocal Ensemble:





Julianne Baird
Jane Boothroyd
Catherine Bott
Christine Brandes
Mary Ellen Callahan
Yulia van Doren
Christine Earl
Elisabeth Engan
Ruth Escher
Emily van Evera
Elspeth Franks
Sonia Gariaeff
Katherine Growdon
Ellen Hargis
Abigail Haynes Lennox
Jennifer Hines
Rosemarie van der Hooft
Jennifer Ellis Kampani
Claire Kelm
Marguerite Krull
Tamara Matthews
Lisa Mooyman
Kathryn Mueller
Judith Nelson
Johanna O'Dell
Anne-Kathryn Olsen
Christa Pfeiffer
Nola Richardson
Annette Rossi Putnam
Clara Rottsolk
Magen Solomon
Shawnette Sulker
Teresa Tam
Elizabeth Weigle
Mary Wilson
Shari Wilson
Arianna Zukerman
Nancy Zylstra

Daniel Bubeck
Jay Carter
Julie Comparini
Suzanne Elder-Wallace
Abigail Fischer
Patrick Van Goethem
Brennan Hall
Ian Howell
Alexandra Ivanoff
Eric Jurenas
Jennifer Lane
Kim Leeds
Linda Liebschutz
Judith Malafronte
Dana Marsh
Clifton Massey
Katherine McKee
Drew Minter
Zoila Muñoz
Steven Rickards
Marietta Simpson
Daniel Taylor

Edward Betts
Charles Blandy
Benjamin Butterfield
Derek Chester
Guy Cutting
Mark Daniel
Gerald Gray
Jon Lee Keenan
Scott Mello
Andrew Morgan
David Munderloh
Jonathan Nadel
Neal Rogers
Wesley Rogers
Patrick Romano
John Rouse
Aaron Sheehan
Kyle Stegall
Stephen Tharp
Jeffrey Thomas
Scott Whittaker
Zachary Wilder

Jesse Blumberg
Mischa Bouvier
Darren Chase
Joshua Copeland
Hugh Davies
Tyler Duncan
Max van Egmond
Aaron Engebreth
Charles Fidlar
Thomas Hart
James Maddalena
Thomas Meglioranza
Richard Morrison
David Allen Newman
Kurt-Owen Richards
William Sharp
Robert Stafford
Thomas Thompson
David Varnum
Nathaniel Watson
James Weaver


Source: American Bach Soloists Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, March-April 2017)

Jeffrey Thomas: Short Biography | American Bach Soloists | Recordings of Vocal Works | General Discussions | American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Individual Recordings:
BWV 232 - J. Thomas & ABS

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American Bach Soloists (Official Website)

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