Twin Cities Early Music Festival
Bach Obbligato, Part I
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Kayo Saito, violin
Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord
Hear baroque violinist Kayo Saito and colleague Jeffrey Grossman in a program of solo works, obbligato works, and transcriptions for harpsichord and violin.
Kayo Saito, born in Japan, started her musical career on the violin at the age of four and the piano at the age of eight. She studied theology at Doshisha university in Kyoto and holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree, and she studied solo and ensemble playing at the Toho Orchestra Academy. Kayo decided then to specialize in baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Kati Debretzeni, Ryo Terakado, E. Wallfisch and C. Mackintosh, where she received both a bachelor's and master's degrees. She was selected to be principal violist in 12eme Academie Baroque Europienne d'Ambronay directed by William Christie, and has since played with Les Arts Florissants. Besides Les Arts Florissants, she is a leader and main player of several baroque ensembles such as Les Inventions, Apollo, Collegium Musicum Den Haag, Musica Poetica, and many others.
Keyboardist and conductor Jeffrey Grossman specializes in vital, engaging performances of music of the past, through processes that are intensely collaborative and historically informed. In recent seasons, Jeffrey has performed with TENET, the Green Mountain Project, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Quodlibet, the Boston Early Music Festival, and numerous other ensembles across the country. For the past twelve seasons, he has also toured parts of the rural United States with artists of the Piatigorsky Foundation. Jeffrey can be heard on the Avie, Gothic, Naxos, Albany, Soundspells, Métier, and MSR Classics record labels. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he holds degrees from Harvard College, the Juilliard School, and Carnegie Mellon University.