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John Dornenburg

John Dornenburg is a San Francisco Bay Area performer, teacher, and recording artist. He is instructor of violone at UC Berkeley, and in 2014 he was also Lecturer and acting co-director of the University Baroque Ensemble. He is Lecturer in viola da gamba at Stanford University, Faculty Emeritus in music history at CSU, Sacramento, and has held part-time faculty positions at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Washington. John has performed as viola da gamba soloist in the British Isles, the Netherlands, Turkey, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand and across the U.S.A., including the Istanbul Festival, Krakow Festival (Poland), York Early Music Festival (U.K.), Kilkenny Festival (Ireland), Warwick Festival (U.K.), Melbourne International Festival (Australia), Monadnock Festival (NH), Oregon Bach Festival, and Carmel Bach Festival.

He has recently released two recordings of unaccompanied music for viola da gamba by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Marin Marais, G.Ph. Telemann, C.F. Abel, Tobias Hume, Christopher Simpson, Sainte-Colombe, August Kühnel, and Johannes Schenck. With the Irish harpsichordist Malcolm Proud he has recorded the J.S. Bach Sonatas for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord (BWV 1027-9) and Marin Marais’ Pièces de Violes, Livre III,  and can also be heard as soloist on over 30 other CDs on the Centaur, Meridian, Koch, Dorian, Musica Omnia, Music and Arts, and other record labels. He has contributed reviews and articles to the Journal of Seventeenth Century Music and Early Music America.

He is the director of the Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols, co-director of Archetti Baroque String Ensemble, and founder of the Baroque ensemble Music’s Recreation. In the San Francisco Bay Area he can be heard regularly with Magnificat, and on occasion with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Jubilate Orchestra, and many other groups. He has directed performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and has conducted four fully-staged productions of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea from his own edition at CSU, Sacramento.

He was awarded the Soloist’s Diploma for viola da gamba from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Holland, where his teacher was Wieland Kuijken. Before that, he studied Baroque performance practice with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and earned his B.A. in music from Antioch College.