Chloe Meyers ~ violin
Heralding her beginnings as a true northern Albertan, violinist Chloe Meyers began her training at the age of three, with the full intention of catching up to her older sister. Her training followed through the University of Victoria, and then McGill University, where she was introduced, and fell in love with, the baroque violin. Chloe now plays a major role in the Montreal and North American early music scene. As first violinist and founding member of Les Voix Baroques, she has taken a lead role in the production of numerous recordings and musical projects, the latest success being the 2008 Opus winning and Juno nominated Membra Jesu recording. She is concertmaster of Nouvelle Opera, as well the recently formed Tempo Rubato with husband Alex Weimann, and plays principal second violin with the prestigious Arion Orchestra in Montreal. With countless projects, concerts, and CD’s behind her, Chloe can be heard with record labels ATMA, Deutschland Funk, Analekta, CBC Records, earlymusic.com and on Bravo television. A firm believer in early childhood education, Chloe’s other passion has been realized in her trained private teaching of children for over a decade.
Paul Luchkow ~ violin, viola
Paul Luchkow is a versatile violinist and violist whose activities cover the range of music from the 17th Century to the present day on modern and period instruments. A regular feature of Vancouver’s Early Music scene, Paul is a long-time member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, string leader of St. Jude’s Pro Musica, and appears frequently in concerts for Early Music Vancouver and MusicFest Vancouver. He frequently performs with the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, Colin MacDonald’s Pocket Orchestra and in period instrument ensembles in Seattle, Portland, and throughout much of Canada. His latest project involves the exploration of Classical and Romantic music, on period instruments, with pianist Michael Jarvis in the Luchkow-Jarvis Duo. Paul has participated in recordings for the BIS, Koch, Spool, ATMA Classique, CBC Records, Artifact Music and Marquis Classics labels (Hummel Sonatas, Op. 5 with Michael Jarvis – January 2012) and his concert performances are frequently broadcast on the CBC (radio and television) and NPR networks.
Paul is Oscar and Max Webster’s Papa.
Natalie Mackie ~ violone, viola da gamba
Natalie Mackie studied cello at the Conservatoire de Musique (Québec), followed by a degree from the School of Music, University of British Columbia. While at UBC, she began playing viola da gamba and later pursued further studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Natalie has played with many ensembles in Canada and the U.S., including New World Consort, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Seattle and Portland Baroque Orchestras, Les Voix Humaines, Les Voix Baroques, Tempo Rubato, Burney Ensemble, Seattle’s Baroque Northwest and others. She has toured throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe, playing in cities such as New York, Boston, San Francisco, at London’s Wigmore Hall, Paris, Cologne, Strasbourg, Utrecht and Bologna, among others, and has recorded for Radio France, German Radio, BBC, CBC, and NPR. She plays violone, viola da gamba, and occasionally baroque cello, in Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and is also a member of the 17th century string band “La Cetra”, Les Coucous Bénévoles, and the Bach Cantata Project players, and frequently appears in Early Music Vancouver’s summer Festival, and MusicFest. She has performed with Théàtre de l’Arbre Perché in their production of Molière’s “Sganarelle, or the Imaginary Cuckold” and will continue to be involved in their future productions from the French classical theatre repertoire. Natalie has a passionate and abiding interest in new music and performs newly commissioned works both as a soloist and with the ensembles of which she is a member. With a deep interest in multi-disciplinary learning, she has also completed a Masters of Graduate Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University and continues to organize and participate in conferences as a member of the Graduate Liberal Studies Alumni committee.
Angela Malmberg ~ violin
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Angela graduated from McGill University in 1994 with distinction in violin performance. Lured to by two other musical brothers (and warmer winters), she then moved to Vancouver and took up a position with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. It was here in Vancouver that she began studying and exploring the world of early music by going to concerts and attending early music workshops. In 1997 she began playing in the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and has never looked back. Over the years she has played in many programs for Early Music Vancouver and has joined with the celebrated renaissance band The Kings Noyse for performances in Vancouver, Boston, and Oberlin. In addition to juggling modern, baroque, and renaissance violin, Angela enjoys teaching her small studio of violin students, coaching for the Delta Youth Orchestra, and jamming with her two musical daughters who play violin and cello.
Arthur Neele ~ violin
Violinist Arthur Neele studied with Vera Beths at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, The Netherlands. After finishing his studies, he worked with a variety of orchestras, including the Residentie Orchestra, the Dutch Ballet Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Arthur has performed with a number of contemporary music groups, notably Porto’s Remix and Amsterdam’s Schoenberg ensembles. He has appeared on recordings with the Dutch Ballet Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra and the Amsterdam Mozart Players.
Since coming to Vancouver Arthur has focused his attention on period performance, with a particular interest in the violin repertoire of the 17th Century. As well as being a member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, he regularly appears with Early Music Vancouver’s Festival Orchestra and Cantata Players.
Next to his musical activities Arthur has over the last ten years pursued a career in health care and these days he divides his time between both interests. At present he works in the Critical Care Department of St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Glenys Webster ~ viola
Glenys Webster is a long time member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and plays frequently in concerts for Early Music Vancouver. Born in Winnipeg, Glenys studied with Gerald Stanick at UBC, and then with Jürgen Kussmaul at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Since returning to Vancouver, Glenys has also pursued her passion for science, earning further degrees in Ecology and Environmental Toxicology / Resource Management, and completing her PhD at the UBC School of Population and Public Health, where her research examines the health effects of environmental chemicals during pregnancy. She and husband Paul Luchkow are the proud parents of little Oscar (Nov 2008) who is already insisting on “playing” his 1/10th size violin almost every day, and Max (July 2011), not yet a pedestrian.
Nathan Whittaker ~ violoncello
Nathan Whittaker, baroque cello, has been described as “a soloist that was not merely good but rather extraordinary”, with “musicianship of the highest order.” (SSJT) As a member of Plaine & Easie, he won the Grand “Unicorn” Prize in the 2009 EMA Medieval and Renaissance Competition. Mr. Whittaker has served on the faculty at the Indiana University String academy, the principle cellist of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and associate principle cellist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and has performed in early music festivals in Bloomington and Vancouver, as well as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Currently, Mr. Whittaker is a member of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and teaches at Cornish College of the Arts and the Academy of Music Northwest. He can be heard on CBC broadcasts, and has recorded with the NPR and ATMA Classique labels. Having graduating Cum Laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor and Masters of Music Degree in Cello Performance, Mr. Whittaker is currently a DMA candidate in cello performance with Toby Saks at the University of Washington. His private instructors have included Helga Winold, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Stanley Ritchie, and Peter Wiley.