Viola da Gamba & Violone


emily walhout, viola da gamba

Emily Walhout grew up playing the cello, but discovered her love for baroque bass lines at Oberlin Conservatory, where she took up the baroque cello and the viola da gamba, thus launching an active career in early music. Ms Walhout was a founding member of La Luna, and was a member of The King's Noyse from 1987 through 2004. Ms Walhout has played viola da gamba or principal cello for the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Seattle Baroque, Portland Baroque, Les Boreades, Les Violons Du Roy, New York Collegium, and Trinity Consort (Portland, OR). She has toured as a chamber musician throughout North America and Europe, and she has recorded extensively with the Boston Camerata, La Luna and The King's Noyse. A resident of Waterown, MA, Ms Walhout maintains a small studio of private students and coaches several devoted viol consorts.



Praised by The Strad as “stylish and accomplished,” Shirley Hunt embraces an eclectic musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and continuo player. Ms. Hunt has performed and recorded with the nation’s leading period instrument ensembles including Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Bach Collegium San Diego. Ms. Hunt performs regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the Renaissance ensemble Sonnambula, and appears in recital annually at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, where she is an artist in residence. Recent season highlights include performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Library of Congress, Caramoor, National Sawdust, Sala Nezahualcoyotl (Mexico City), and La Jolla Music Society.


motomi igarashi, violone

Motomi Igarashi is a ubiquitous presence in the New York early music scene. A first prize winner at the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass competition, Ms. Igarashi studied double bass with Eugene Levinson at the Juilliard School, as well as Franco Petracchi and Duncan McTier. After graduating from the Juilliard School, she went to France to study viola da gamba. Traveling through Europe, she spent years in intensive study with Marianne Muller, Wieland Kuijken, and Paolo Pandolfo and most recently studied lirone with Erin Headley. She plays the viola da gamba, violone, the baroque double bass and lirone with groups such as The American Classical Orchestra, Anima, Artek, Bach Collegium Japan, Boston Baroque, the Concert Royal, Dryden Ensemble and REBEL, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, both on the East coast and in Japan. 


andrew arceci, violone

Developing a varied career as performer, composer, and scholar, Andrew Arceci performs regularly on viola da gamba, violone, and double bass throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In the United Kingdom, he has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, C'then Baroque, and Oxford Baroque. In the United States, he has collaborated with the Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare: Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, Harmonious Blacksmith, Musica Sequenza, and frequently with L'Academie. Festival highlights include the Brighton Early Music Festival (UK), Indianapolis Early Music Festival (US), the Shandelee Music Festival (US), the Washington Early Music Festival (US), and the 2011 FOCUS! Festival (US), where Mr. Arceci - with Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble - gave the North American premiere of El|bieta Sikora s Canzona: for Viola da Gamba and Orchestra at New York s Alice Tully Hall.