Bios

Flutist Kathy McDonald is the founder/director of BaroQue Across the River, and  has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.  She has participated in several early music festivals including the Academy for Early Music, under the direction of Bach scholar Joshua Rifkin in Brixen-Bressanone, Italy, the St. Olav Festival in Trondheim, Norway and a J.S. Bach festival with Barthold Kuijken in Sopron, Hungary.  She performed at the Jean Cocteau Repertory Co. in NYC, under music director Ellen Mandel, for the premier of Darius Milhaud’s music written for Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and her Children and also appeared in a live broadcast from the United Nations on WDR, German public television.  With husband/guitarist, Pasquale Bianculli, she has performed at De Doulen Hall in Holland, the International Trade Center in Willemstad, Curacao and at the Theaterforum Kruetzberg in Berlin, Germany performing the music of Carlo Domeniconi.  Raymond Tuttle of FanFare magazine wrote of their newly released CD Hill of Slane -Psalms, Sonatas & Sojourns,  “McDonald and Bianculli play the two works by Bach, emphasizing beauty of sound… They are dedicated, polished musicians, with a will to communicate, not just with their listeners, but with each other …a feel good CD.”  The duo co-directed a summer festival, Songe d’été en Musique in rural Quebec for four seasons: a touring festival dedicated to classical guitar and baroque music concerts in the eastern townships of Quebec.  A graduate of Stony Brook University, Kathy studied modern flute with Samuel Baron. Her Baroque studies were with Sandra Miller, flute, and Martha McGaughey, historical performance, at Mannes College of Music.

Soprano Michèle Eaton is co-director of BaroQue Across the River.  She is often heard in performances around New York City, and has toured extensively across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Asia and Mexico.  Highly respected for her mastery of many styles, she is best known for her performances of Baroque and contemporary music, and has performed with the New York Collegium, Pomerium, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Musica Sacra, the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony, to name a few.  She also sings with the Carmel Bach Festival every summer.  In her Lincoln Center debut, she sang the roles of Child Grendel and Shaper’s Apprentice in the New York premiere of the opera Grendel, directed by Julie Taymor and composed by Elliot Goldenthal.   In addition, she tours annually with Professor Peter Schickele in performances of the music of the legendary P.D.Q. Bach.  She can be heard on the soundtrack for the film Dead Man Walking, and on the recently released Bobby McFerrin CD, VOCAbuLarieS. She has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, Angel, Dorian, Sony Classics, Nonesuch, Arabesque, Glissando and Delos labels.  She lives in New Rochelle, New York.

 

Lisa Terry practices, performs and teaches in New York City, where she is a long-time member of Parthenia and the Dryden Ensemble.  She was a founding member of ARTEK, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Juilliard Opera Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Concert Royal, New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, Four Nations Ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Chicago Opera Theatre.  She earned her degree in cello performance from Memphis State University and continued her studies in New York with Richard Taruskin, viol, and Harry Wimmer, cello.  Ms. Terry has appeared to great acclaim as soloist in the Passions of J.S.Bach, notably under the batons of Robert Shaw, Richard Westenburg, and Lyndon Woodside in Carnegie Hall, in the Jonathan Miller staged performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and with Andrew Parrot, Gary Thor Wedow, Kent Tritle and Simon Carrington.  Ms. Terry teaches viola da gamba and cello at the French-American School of Music in New York and at workshops around the country.

Dongsok Shin was born in Boston and played the piano from the age of four.  Since the early 1980’s, he has specialized exclusively on early keyboard instruments.  Much in demand as a soloist and continuo player, he has appeared with ARTEK, Concert Royal, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York Collegium, New York Philharmonic, and Early Music New York.  He has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Mexico, has been heard on many radio broadcasts and has recorded for Lyrichord, Newport Classic, Helicon, ATMA Classique, Ex Cathedra, Bridge and Sono Luminus/Dorian Recordings.  Mr. Shin was a founding member of the Mannes Camerata and received international critical acclaim as music director for its productions of early Baroque operas.  He has been guest director as well as a member of NYS Baroque in Ithaca, NY, and has been a core member of the world-renowned baroque ensemble, REBEL, for the past twelve years.  In his spare time, he tunes and maintains harpsichords in the New York area (he is the harpsichord technician for the Metropolitan Opera, and the early keyboard tuner at the Metropolitan Museum), and is well known as a recording engineer, producer and editor of numerous early music recordings.  He is married to Gwendolyn Toth, director of ARTEK and also an early keyboard player, and is the proud father of Samantha, Linnea and Adrian.

Jennifer Griesbach studied harpsichord with Colin Tilney in Toronto and Davitt Moroney in Paris.  She has performed with The Wooster Group in its production of La Didone, which has toured Europe and North America.  She has also performed duo recitals with soprano Melissa Fogarty and with groups including Sympatica, Ensemble Vita Nova , BaroQue Across the River, and Teatro Bacchino.  Jennifer has taught for the New York Continuo Collective and the Amherst and Vancouver Early Music Festivals and given workshops at the New England Conservatory and SUNY Stony Brook.  She is also active as a stage director.