Violinist Courtney Kuroda is an active performer of early music with Southern California ensembles Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego and Opera Neo. She has also performed throughout the U.S. and Canada with period ensembles including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque, Pacific Baroque in Vancouver, B.C., the Salish Sea Early Music Festival, Ensemble Mirable, Indianapolis Baroque and has recorded with Opera Lafayette in Washington D.C under the Naxos label. She has participated in both the Bloomington and Boston Early Music festivals as well as the Pacific Baroque Festival in British Columbia and the Oregon Bach Festival.
Her introduction to early music was in a required seminar on performance practice. Listening to period ensemble recordings, it was love at first sound! After receiving a master's degree in musicology from UCSB, she completed a master's degree in historical performance from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, where she studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie.
Eva Lymenstull enjoys a diverse international career as a soloist, chamber musician, continuo player and orchestral musician, playing baroque cello and viola da gamba. She has performed as concerto soloist and principal cellist with Lyra Baroque Orchestra, guest principal with Atlanta Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, and Musica Angelica, and has also appeared with Tafelmusik, Voices of Music, Tesserae, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Holland Baroque.
The winner of the 2017 Voices of Music Bach Competition, she has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Utrecht, Boston, and Berkeley Fringe Festivals, and on the Gotham Early Music and Academy of Early Music series. In addition to performing, she teaches baroque cello and viol as a guest artist at the University of Michigan. She holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Rice University, University of Michigan, and a doctorate in historical performance practice from Case Western Reserve University.
Oboist Aki Nishiguchi is an active performer and educator in the Los Angeles area. She completed a doctorate in oboe performance at the University of Southern California where she studied with David Weiss,
Joel Timm and Allen Vogel. While at USC she was the recipient of a number of awards including the Colburn Foundation Early Music Performance Scholarship, USC Collegium Ensemble Award and USC Early Music Ensemble Award.
Aki’s passion for early music has led her to study performance practice and period instruments including baroque oboe, Renaissance shawms, dulcian and recorders. As an early woodwind player, she has performed with groups including Ciaramella, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego and the California Bach Society.
She currently serves as director of the Performing Arts Academy Advanced Music Program at Diamond Bar High School where she teaches music theory, aural skills, and music history, and coaches numerous chamber ensembles. She has taught at California State University of Los Angeles and is currently a faculty member at Pepperdine University as an oboe instructor.
Violinist Mishkar Núñez-Fredell has delighted audiences both nationally and internationally as a soloist with Musica Angelica, Cibao Philharmonic, Corona Symphony, Santa Cecilia Symphony, Dorian Festival Orchestra, the Symbiosis Ensemble, and others. He is currently the first violin of the Kadima String Quartet, conductor of the Kadima Conservatory Senior Philharmonic, and a co-founder and violinist of the award-winning chamber ensemble Delirium Musicum.
Mishkar is co-founder of Opera Ritrovata, a conductor-less mobile opera company dedicated to performing and reviving the works of women and minority composers whose works have been unfairly erased from history. Recently, Mishkar, his wife Leila Fredell, and two colleagues reconstructed the only surviving opera by Caribbean-born French composer Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), The Anonymous Lover, which was premiered by Los Angeles Opera in November 2020. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Mishkar was honored with the Cultural Personality of the Year Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic in 2012. Mishkar holds a doctorate in historical performance from the University of Southern California.