Alison J. Luedecke, organ and harpsichord, is a native of Galveston, Texas. She is active across the US as a solo concert organist and has played in France, Canada, Mexico and Germany. She is passionate about sharing her love of music with her organ, harpsichord and piano students.. As an ensemble musician she has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Nova, San Diego Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Texas Baroque Ensemble and other chamber ensembles. She is also a founding member and organist with Millennia Consort (brass quintet, percussion and organ) California's premiere "Organ Plus" ensemble. As a recording artist Dr. Luedecke is featured on numerous CDs and has been heard many times on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music as a student of David Craighead. She is Associate Organist at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church La Jolla, CA, and Assistant Organist at First United Methodist Church, San Diego. In her free time she enjoys cooking, time with family and friends, and exercising.
Born in New York, Alex Greenbaum enjoys a diverse and adventurous musical life. As cellist of the Hausmann Quartet, he is an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, where he teaches cello and chamber music. One of the principal cellists of The Knights, Alex has performed and recorded throughout the U.S. and Europe with luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Vera Beths and Christina Courtin, appearing at the festivals of Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia and Tanglewood, as well as in the Canary Islands and Carnegie Hall with Osvaldo Golijov's Pasión. His varied interests have led to collaborations with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Malashock Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group. In San Diego he is a mainstay on the Art of Élan chamber series, an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music, a member of the San Diego Baroque Soloists and Ensemble-in-Residence at Mainly Mozart with the Hausmann Quartet.
Also an active performer in Mexico, Alex was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes, based in the state of Sinaloa, and returned there to perform as soloist with the Tarab Cello Ensemble in the Feria de las Artes. A highlight of past seasons was a residency in Tijuana which included visits to a dozen schools, and he has performed and taught as part of the Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Jalisco since 2009. Alex has recorded for Ancalagon, Bridge, Cantaloupe, In a Circle, Koch, Warner Classics, Naxos, and Sony records, as well as music for film, television and commercials. He attended the Eastman School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, the University of Miami, Queens College and Juilliard Pre-College. His teachers have included Steven Doane, Marcy Rosen, Ross Harbaugh, Joseph Elworthy and Andre Emelianoff. Comfortable in a wide array of styles, Alex has studied baroque cello and early music at institutes and privately in the US, Canada and Amsterdam. Alex plays a cello crafted in 2006 by Michele Ashley and a baroque cello labeled Claude Vuillaume, 1788.
Pierre Joubert studied music at the Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated with an A.B.S.M. Diploma on the violin. He was also awarded the Head of Schools Prize for his work in the field of chamber music. Upon graduating, he joined the BBC Midland Radio Orchestra and from 1982 to 1992 held the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the English String Orchestra. During his time with the E.S.O. he played in concerts in the U.K., Europe, recorded extensively and performed in a major tour of the U.S.A. conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin.. He also worked with Sir Michael Tippett in a BBC television programme featuring the composer .
An interest in Baroque music led to the study of the Baroque violin and in 1988 he joined the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Christopher Hogwood. As a regular member of the A.A.M. he has given concerts in all of the main concert halls of Europe, Japan, South America and the U.S.A. and worked with Christopher Hogwood, Robert Levin, Andrew Manze, and Richard Egarr. He has played on a large number of commercial recordings for Decca Records and Harmonia Mundi, including concertos and orchestral works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, Symphonies by Haydn and Beethoven, concertos by Mozart, and operas by Handel, Haydn and Mozart. In 1994, he joined the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the direction of principal conductors Sir Simon Rattle and Franz Bruggen. He has played with the orchestra in all the major cities of Europe along with regular appearances at the Lincoln Center. Highlights have included a residency at the Salzburg Festival with Sir Simon Rattle, a U.S. tour with Cecilia Bartoli including Carnegie Hall, and concerts, radio and T.V. broadcasts with Franz Bruggen, Gustav Leonhardt, William Christie, and Sir Charles Mackerras.
Andrew Waid, violist, is an exciting and versatile performer on both modern and baroque instruments. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, he completed a DMA in viola performance at Boston University in 2015, and appeared frequently with numerous ensembles in Massachusetts, including the Boston Chamber Orchestra (for a recent tour of Japan), Lexington Symphony Orchestra, and Marsh Chapel Collegium. As an increasingly active baroque violist, Andrew has performed with Grand Harmonie, Les Bostonades, Musicians of the Old Post Road, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and San Diego Baroque Soloists, and is an alumnus the Tafelmusik Winter Institute (Toronto), the American Bach Soloists Academy (San Francisco) and the International Baroque Institute at Longy (Cambridge, MA). Having relocated to San Diego at the end of 2015, he is currently a teaching artist in the San Diego Youth Symphony's Community Opus Project, and at SDSU's Community Music School.
Violinist Isaac Allen attended Manhattan School of Music and received his Undergraduate Diploma from The Longy School of Music, Masters of Music in Chamber Music Performance from Kent State University and the Artist Diploma from San Diego State. He has studied violin with Ivan Chan, Laura Bossert, Terry King, Patinka Kopek and chamber music with Robert Mann, Earl Carlyss, Silvia Rosenberg and members of the Juilliard, Orion, Vermeer, Emerson, Alexander, Miami and Alban Berg String Quartets. He has performed in Canada, the U.S., China and Taiwan. With a strong dedication to teaching, Mr. Allen has given master classes throughout the United States and served as a violin teacher at various schools and universities, including San Francisco State and Brookline Music School. Festival appearances have included, La Jolla SummerFest, Music@Menlo, Aspen, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Paul Neubauer, Toby Appel, Steven Ansel, Ronald Thomas, Paul Katz and the Alexander String Quartet.