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"A splendid performance... Swift speeds, gleaming sonorities and infectious rhythmic verve infused the music with energy and character. However, Matthews's intelligent direction ensured the strong contrasts in tempo and dynamics never became overemphatic."

[Nathaniel Mayfield] "One of the most talented Baroque trumpeters in the world."
-NIKLAS EKLUND, SWEEDEN“Montoya’s effortless tone projected beautifully amidst the ensemble…”


From Brandenburg to Esterházy

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 6 pm

Zilkha Hall / Hobby Center For The Performing Arts

Ars Lyrica’s 2018/19 season finale travels from Brandenburg to Esterházy, with Bach’s two remaining concertos and a concerto by Franz Joseph Haydn. The second “Brandenburg” concerto offers the set’s oddest combination of soloists—recorder, oboe, violin, and trumpet—while the fourth is a stealth concerto, ostensibly for violin and two recorders, though the violinist leaves everyone in the dust. Baroque violinist Ingrid Matthews joins harpsichordist and artistic director Matthew Dirst at center stage, along with Paul Leenhouts (recorder), Kathryn Montoya (Baroque oboe), and Nathaniel Mayfield (natural trumpet).

  • J.S. Bach, "Brandenburg" Concerto, nos. 2 & 4

  • Joseph Haydn, Concerto for violin & harpsichord

  • J. C. Pez, Passacaglia


ingrid matthews , violin

ingrid matthews, violin

Paul leenhouts,  recorder

Paul leenhouts, recorder

kathryn montoya , baroque oboe

kathryn montoya, baroque oboe

nathaniel mayfield , natural trumpet

nathaniel mayfield, natural trumpet



Ingrid Matthews served as Music Director of Seattle Baroque Orchestra from its inception in 1994 until 2013, and is well established as one of today’s most respected baroque violinists.  Since winning first prize in the prestigious Erwin Bodky International Competition for Early Music in 1989, she has performed extensively around the world, appearing as soloist, guest director or concertmaster with many of today's leading early music ensembles including the New York Collegium, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), Ars Lyrica (Houston), New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), the Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), and many others.  Among the most-recorded baroque violinists of her generation, Matthews has won international critical acclaim for a discography which ranges from the earliest solo violin repertoire through the great Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach.  This recording was described as “the finest complete set of these works I have heard” by the reviewer for Third Ear's Classical Music Listening Companion.  Ms. Matthews is on the faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts, and in 2011 and 2012 was engaged to lead Oberlin College's new Baroque Orchestra program.  She taught baroque violin at UCLA from 1998-2002, and has held teaching residencies at Indiana University, the University of Washington, the University of Toronto, and at many of the leading early music workshops.  Matthews is a graduate of Indiana University, where she studied with Josef Gingold and Stanley Ritchie.  

Kathryn Montoya teaches historical oboes and recorder at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of North Texas. She appears with a variety of orchestral and chamber music ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Wiener Akademie, and Apollo’s Fire among others. Recent projects include performances and recording of Handel's Almira with the Boston Early Music Festival in Germany and concerts with the LA Philharmonic. Kathryn has been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today and can be heard on the Erato, Naxos, CPO, NCA, Analekta, and Dorian Sono Luminus labels. In her free time Kathryn can be found in Hereford, England working on a 18th century barn conversion with her partner, James. 

Paul Leenhouts is director of Early Music Studies and the Baroque Orchestra at the University of North Texas. He holds a Soloist Diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he was on the faculty as professor for recorder and historical development from 1993 to 2010. A founding member of the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet from 1978 and from 2002 director of the contemporary music collective Blue Iguana, he is also composer, arranger and editor of numerous works for various chamber music ensembles. Mr. Leenhouts has recorded for Decca L'Oiseau-Lyre, Channel Classics, Vanguard, Lindoro and Berlin Classics. Two L'Oiseau-Lyre recordings received the prestigious Edison Award. In 1986, he initiated the Open Holland Recorder Festival Utrecht and from 1993 he has been director of the International Baroque Institute at Longy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His special interest in renaissance consort repertoire led to the founding of The Royal Wind Music in 1997. In 2004 Mr. Leenhouts was elected president of the European Recorder Performers Society. As well as performing numerous concerts and coaching masterclasses within the early music field, he also regularly performs with contemporary and music theatre groups such as Musikfabrik, Nederlands Vocaal Laboratorium, ZT Hollandia and NT Gent. Mr. Leenhouts has given master classes, clinics and lectures at more than 200 conservatories and universities around the world. For his international activities as a musician, conductor and organizer, he received a UN Life-time Achievement Award in Hsin-Chu City, Taiwan in October 2017. 

An Austin native, Nathaniel Mayfield attended 4 years at Interlochen Arts Academy before completing a joint program between Columbia University and The Juilliard School.  Mr. Mayfield is the only trumpeter ever to have been named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts (Bill Clinton), and he was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany.  He has won numerous solo competitions: The National Trumpet Competition, The International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, and at the Aspen Music Festival.  A Yamaha Young Performing Artist, he taught trumpet at Texas A&M (College Station, TX) and Concordia University, and served as Artistic Director of The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In addition to his performance schedule with numerous period instrument ensembles, Mr. Mayfield is the Founder and President of Mayfield Energy (Oil Exploration/Production), Executive Vice-President at Mayfield Dairy Queen, and recently completed an Executive MBA at the McCombs School of Business (UT Austin). Mr. Mayfield lives in Austin with his wife, Ulrike, and their three daughters Elizabeth, Charlotte and Rebecca.