La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble
Rainer Beckmann plays recorder with a large variety of early music ensembles in the Philadelphia tri-state area. He is a member of New World Recorders and Vox Renaissance Consort. As featured soloist and guest musician, he has appeared with Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, Mélomanie, Brandywine Baroque, Camerata Ama Deus, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and others. Before moving to the United States, he performed in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, Israel, and Brazil. Rainer is the music director of the Philadelphia Recorder Society. He is a graduate of the Utrecht Conservatory of Music (Netherlands), where he studied recorder with Heiko ter Schegget, Baldrick Deerenberg, and Marion Verbruggen.
Donna Fournier plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with Brandywine Baroque, The Sylvan Consort of Viols, La Fiocco, Mélomanie and has been a guest artist with such groups as the Gamut Bach Ensemble, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Classical Symphony. The Philadelphia Inquirer acclaimed her solo work as "poised, soulful ... [and] played with particular depth." Donna has recorded Buxtehude cantatas for PGM, Telemann trio sonatas for Lyrichord, Boismortier trio sonatas for A Casa Discos, Jaquet de La Guerre and Bousset cantatas for Plectra Music, and new music for baroque ensemble for Meyer-Music and Furious Artisans.
Marcia Kravis holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with John Gibbons. She is a founding member of La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble and Ensemble Sebastian. Marcia was the harpsichordist for the American Society of Ancient Instruments for over a decade and has accompanied master classes by Julianne Baird, Marion Verbruggen, Han Tol, Sandra Miller and Saskia Coolen. She teaches harpsichord and piano privately in the Fairmont neighborhood of Philadelphia. As a harpsichordist Marcia performs solo recitals, plays with La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble, Ensemble Sebastian and other baroque groups in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas. She is an occasional guest harpsichordist and coach with the Temple Preparatory Orchestra.
An exceptionally versatile musician, Amy Leonard has held positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, The New World Symphony, and as assistant principal violist with the National Symphony of Ireland, as well as the internationally recognized contemporary ensemble Nua Nos, or “New Noise”. Currently, Amy is a member of The Delaware Symphony, the contemporary music octet Relache, and the historically-informed ensembles Tempesta di Mare and Brandywine Baroque. Amy also performs frequently with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Philly Pops, and was a founding member of the Pyxis Piano Quartet. Sought after as a guest artist, she has collaborated with groups such as the Copeland String Quartet, La Bernardinia, Melomanie, and the Elysian Camerata. A committed instructor, Amy maintains a large and lively studio at home and at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr.
Amy has recorded for the Chandos, Plectra, NMC, Naxos, Meyer Media, and BMG Classics labels, as well as for PBS, NFL Films, and Irish Film Orchestras.
Corpus Christi, Texas native Edmond Chan, baroque violin, has performed with many early music ensembles and orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Hong Kong, some of which include Tempesta di Mare: Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, the Dryden Ensemble, Holland Baroque, and the Early Music Society of Hong Kong. In 2019, Edmond completed his master’s degree in baroque violin at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht: Utrechts Conservatorium in the Netherlands where he studied with Antoinette Lohmann. His master’s thesis entitled “The Fashionable Violinist: Fashion and How to Hold the Violin in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries” focused on exploring historical clothing and how the clothing of the 17th and 18th centuries can better inform historical musicians today on performance practice and historical musical techniques. Most recently he completed his Artist’s Certificate in baroque violin at the Koninklijk Conservatorium den Haag (the Royal Conservatory at the Hague) where he studied with Kati Debretzeni and Walter Reiter. In his free time, Edmond enjoys cooking, swimming, running, going on bike rides and playing board/card/computer games with friends and family.
When Qin Qian was 20, she received B,A.., performance of erhu , Guangxi Arts College, China. Then she authored two Chinese books, “My Dreams Fly With Music,” and “A Musical Journey in America.” Produced and was featured performer and composer on a Chinese musical CD, “A Romantic Musical Journey.” This is the first music record published by a radio host in China, showing Qin Qian’s multi-talented life. Was featured soloist and composer in a concert in Nanning, China, while accompanied by the Guangxi Symphony Orchestra. She became the first person to hold a solo erhu and monochord concert among Chinese broadcasters. Also was a radio host and music editor in China for 19 years.
Qin Qian made many new attempts to spread traditional Chinese music after living in the United States. She has partnered with many Western musicians from the US, UK and Australia. Her concerts have mixed the erhu and other Chinese instruments with different musical styles, including classical, jazz, opera, and pop.
Qin Qian twice received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the Princeton International Chinese Music Competition, Princeton University(2012,2014). Her students Arthur Zhong and Kelvin Wang won first prize in the competition. Kelvin Wang won gold award 2017 Chinese TV (CCTV) show “Super Baby”, Also he plays “Galloping Horses” to win Sinovision’s teen talent competition for 2018, in New York. 4 years later, 18-year-old Kelvin Wang won the first prize in the “New York Global Music Competition Adult Traditional Instrument Category” in 2022 and performed at the winner’s concert at Carnegie Hall. In recognition of Qin Qian’s extraordinary dedication and achievements in the field of music education, the New York Global Music Competition Committee also issued a certificate of honor to Qin Qian.
There are no borders in music, Qin Qian’s life is colorful because of music!
Paul Miller is a music theorist, pedagogue and performer specializing in music. Before joining the musicianship department of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in 2015, he served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University and on the faculties of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Temple University.
Paul has presented research at numerous national and regional conferences, and his work has been published in Perspectives of New Music, the American Music Research Center Journal, Twentieth-Century Music, Music and Letters and Opera Quarterly. Further work has appeared in Early Music and the MLA Association’s Notes. An expert on the remarkable music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Paul studied with the composer for six summers and premiered his solo viola work "In Freundschaft" in Europe and the United States. Paul's research has centered on the unusual spatial dimension of Stockhausen's music as well as the phenomenon of metric complexity. In addition, he has extensively studied viola d’amore music in Bohemian and Moravian manuscripts.
As a performer, Paul has appeared at the Metropolitian Museum of Art in New York City, the Library of Congress, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music, the Bethlehem Bach Festival, the Hawai`i Performing Arts Festival and with ensembles such as El Mundo and Tempesta di Mare. He has collaborated in chamber music concerts with Richard Savino and Jory Vinikour, both Grammy® award nominees. During his tenure as a fellow at Cornell, Paul led the Baroque Orchestra there and studied with Neal Zaslaw, Christopher Hogwood and Malcolm Bilson. Paul also performs on a five-string electric violin built by the firm Zeta.
Since 2016, Paul has invested an extraordinary amount of time and effort into acquiring an impressive array of music technology skills. From assembling his own DIY synthesizer modules, to creating an interspecies interactive multimedia eco-sound installation using Max/MSP, to presenting a series of live demonstrations using modular synthesizers and Max/MSP/Jitter in Duquesne's biomedical engineering program, to creating innovative interactive pedagogical applications for in-class use using the Bach/Cage packages for Max/MSP, Paul has rapidly repositioned himself as a vital resource and innovator in the field of electronic music while breaking new ground by integrating cutting-edge technology into the classroom.
As a pedagogue with over 20 years of classroom experience, Paul enjoys teaching everything from fundamental skills such as solfege, voice-leading, counterpoint and harmony to more advanced topics such as Schenkerian analysis and post-tonal theory. His students hold full-time and tenured positions at James Madison University, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the San Francisco Conservatory and other top-tier institutions throughout the country. He holds a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music and a Master's in viola performance (Eastman). Paul's undergraduate studies were at Vassar College, New England Conservatory and Harvard University.