The members and guest artists of The Vivaldi Project include leading soloists, concertmasters, teachers, and musical scholars in the Washington, DC area and around the country.
One of the preeminent performers on baroque and modern violin, Allison Guest Edberg has been praised by The Chicago Sun Times as "impeccable, with unerring intonation and an austere beauty." Currently the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, a founding member of the early music ensemble Olde Friends, and the education director for the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, she has performed throughout North America with Apollo's Fire, Chatham Baroque, Ensemble Galilei, the foundling Baroque Orchestra, La Monica, the Washington Bach Consort, and the Vivaldi Project. Frequently featured at the Bloomington Early Music Festival and the Indianpolis Early Music Festival, Edberg has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp as well as those of DePauw University, Indiana State University, Lawrence University, and Ohio State University. A student of Stanley Ritchie at the Indiana University Early Music Institute, Edberg received a bachelor of music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a master of music degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Camilla Wicks.
An active performer of early music, William Simms appears regularly with Apollo's Fire, the Bach Sinfonia, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Folger Consort, and Harmonious Blacksmith. He has been heard with the American Opera Theatre, the Baltimore Consort, the Cleveland Opera, Opera Lafayette, the Washington Bach Consort, and Washington National Opera at the Barns at Wolf Trap, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, the Libarary of Congress, and Washington National Cathedral. Simms received a bachelor of music degree from the College of Wooster and a master of music degree from the Peabody Institute. Formerly on the faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, he currently teaches at Mount St. Mary's University and Hood College, where he founded and directs the Hood Early Music Ensemble. He has recorded for the Centaur, Dorian, and Electra labels.
Joseph Gascho began studying harpsichord with Webb Wiggins at the Peabody Conservatory in 2000. Two years later, he won first prize in the 5th Irving and Mae Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, and also won a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for solo performance. He performs frequently as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player, including recent collaborations with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the Dryden Ensemble, Opera Lafayette, the Washington Bach Consort and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. He also made an American premiere recording of a newly discovered aria by J.S. Bach for National Public Radio with soprano Ah Hong. In the fall of 2004, he performed in a production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, France, and directed a concurrent chamber music program there. He has conducted numerous operas by Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart with Opera Vivente. He also teaches at the Magnolia Baroque Festival and at Oberlin Conservatory’s Summer Programs.
Hailed by The Miami Herald for his “superb continuo… brilliantly improvised and ornamented,” Henry Lebedinsky performs on historical keyboards across the United States and the United Kingdom. He currently plays with The Seicento String Band, Triumvir, Quince, Tableau Baroque, and Ensemble Vermillian, and directs the period instrument ensemble The Seicento String Band. He has also performed with The Charlotte Symphony, Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, and Boston Revels, among others. He is the founder of the Music @ St. Alban’s concert series in Davidson, North Carolina, and served as interim Artistic Director of Charlotte Chamber Music, Inc. and Director of Rochester, NY’s The Publick Musick. Mr. Lebedinsky has lectured and led workshops on 17th and 18th century music at the University of Edinburgh, Davidson College, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Appalachian State University. He holds a Master of Music in historical organ performance from the Longy School of Music, where he studied with Peter Sykes. He currently lives in Minnesota, where he serves as interim Director of Music at historic St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, and is a contributing writer at Fanfare magazine.
Violinist, Gesa Kordes, performs with numerous chamber ensembles and Baroque Orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Washington Bach Consort, Ensemble Musical Offering, Muses’ Delight, Opera Lafayette, Ensemble Tra i Tempi, and the Rheinisches Barockorchester Bonn, as well as the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. She has toured as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Central America, Europe, and Israel and has recorded for NPR, harmonia mundi, FONO, Dorian, and Naxos. She performs frequently at international music festivals, such as the Bloomington, Berkeley, and Boston Early Music Festivals, the Staunton Music Festival, Troisdorf Barock, and the Carmel and Victoria Bach Festivals. Since 1998, Ms. Kordes has been increasingly in demand as teacher and as ensemble director of chamber groups and period orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. After teaching at Indiana University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she joined the faculty of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in August 2009 as the director of the newly-founded Early Chamber Ensembles.
A native Washingtonian, Leslie Nero, spent many years in Ontario and Quebec performing in modern orchestras before returning to the D.C. area, where she is currently an active freelance musician on both modern and baroque violin and viola. In recent years she has performed locally with Opera Lafayette, Modern Musick, Folger Consort, the Handel Choir of Baltimore and the Washington Bach Consort, and has participated in summer early-music festivals in Oberlin, Vancouver, Boston, Toronto, and Albuquerque. In addition to her performing career, Ms. Nero teaches beginning strings for the Alexandria City Public Schools.
Pianist Andrew Willis performs in the United States and abroad on pianos of every period. Noted for his mastery of early keyboard instruments, Willis recorded several Beethoven sonatas in the first complete recording of the cycle on period instruments, a project directed by Malcolm Bilson and presented in concert in New York, Utrecht, Florence, and Palermo, in which his recording of Op. 106 was hailed by The New York Times as “a ‘Hammerklavier’ of rare stature.” He has also recorded Schubert lieder and Rossini songs with soprano Julianne Baird, early‐ Romantic song cycles with soprano Georgine Resick, and music of Rochberg, Schickele, Luening, Kraft, and Ibert with flutist Sue Ann Kahn.