Lutenist Richard Kolb has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and with a wide range of Baroque ensembles, including Opera Atelier, New York City Opera, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Chicago Opera Theater, Waverly Consort, Handel & Haydn Society, Pegasus, and Concert Royal. He combines a career as a performer with scholarship in the field of 17th-century music. His edition of the complete works of Barbara Strozzi has just been completed, in eight volumes published by Cor Donato Editions, and his solo CD of lute music by Robert Ballard is to be released on the Centaur label November 15. Kolb is Scholar in Residence for the New York Continuo Collective, and has been on the faculties of the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), and Case Western–Reserve University.
Award-winning soprano Elissa Edwards is establishing herself as a leading performer of 17th and 18th century song repertoire. She is also a sacred music specialist, and has been the featured soloist in many oratorio and cantata performances in the US and UK. Ms Edwards directs the Élan Ensemble - Historic Music Annapolis, ensemble-in-residence at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum. She received the Maryland State Individual Artist's Award in 2017, and appears on several recordings including the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists. Her debut solo CD, Jane Austen’s Songbook for harp & voice is scheduled for release in 2018. (elissaedwards.com)