TEKLA CUNNINGHAM (violin)
enjoys a varied and active musical life. She performs regularly with the American Bach Soloists and, at home in Seattle, she is concertmaster of Stephen Stubbs' Pacific MusicWorks, and principal second violin with Seattle Baroque Orchestra & Soloists. Ms. Cunningham directs the Whidbey Island Music Festival, a summer concert series presenting vibrant period-instrument performances of repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Beethoven. She has appeared as concertmaster or soloist with the American Bach Soloists, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Musica Angelica (Los Angeles). While living in California, she also played with Apollo's Fire, Los Angeles Opera, Musica Angelica, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and at the Berkeley, Carmel and San Luis Obispo festivals. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Cunningham enjoys exploring the string quartet repertoire of the 18th and early 19th century with the period-instrument Novello Quartet, whose abiding interest is the music of Haydn. She is also a member of La Monica, an ensemble dedicated to music of the 17th century, whose concerts have been reviewed as "sizzling", and praised for their "irrepressible energy and pitch-perfect timing". With Jillon Dupree and Vicki Boeckman, she plays in Ensemble Electra, known for its inventive programs and energetic performances. Ms. Cunningham can be heard on recordings with the American Bach Soloists, Apollo's Fire, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, various movie soundtracks including Disney's Casanova, as well as on La Monica's recent release The Amorous Lyre, a recording of repertoire of Merula and his contemporaries. She received her musical training at Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory (where she studied History and German Literature in addition to violin with Violaine Melançon), Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria (where she studied with Josef Sivo and Ortwin Ottmaier) and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she completed a Master's degree with Ian Swenson. A graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle, Tekla studied with Irv Eisenberg and had formative chamber music experiences at the Olympic Music Festival's Chamber Music Institute. She teaches Suzuki violin in both German and English and is on the faculty of the Cornish College for the Arts.