Five Laureates have been selected from an international field of applicants to perform in the 2020 Indianapolis International Baroque Competition Finals in Indianapolis on July 12, 2020. Each Laureate will lead the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra in performing a high Baroque solo concerto. The Competition Concert is the concluding concert of the 2020 Indianapolis Early Music Festival.

The Laureates will compete for the $10,000 Devona and Amos Gerber Prize, a CD recording contract with Naxos Records, and other prizes. A $500 Audience Prize will be voted on by the audience in attendance at the Concert. Laureates may be invited to perform on IndyBaroque Music, Inc.’s “IIBC Laureate Series” in subsequent years as part of IndyBaroque Music’s season programming.

The Laureates invited to the Finals are:

Brandon Acker, Baroque guitar, earned his Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Northwestern University and also performs on theorbo and Renaissance lute among others. He has appeared with the Newberry Consort, Alchymy Viols, the Joffrey Ballet, the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, and other ensembles and has recorded three CD’s.

Martin Bernstein, recorder, studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and teaches with the New York Recorder Guild and the Boston Recorder Society. He has appeared with Byron Schenkman and Friends, Rumore Terribile, Piffaro, Capella Musicale, Bach Ensemble Den Haag, and other ensembles in France, Germany, Italy, Iceland, and the Netherlands.

Ayano Kamimura, Baroque cello, is studying at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, with Christophe Coin. She plays in the Bach Collegium Japan and has participated in the Summer Academy at the Tafel Musik Festival. She also plays modern cello and has received scholarships from the Agency for Cultural Affaires of the Government of Japan.

Anna Maberry, Baroque violin, received a Performer Diploma in Early Music Performance from the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. She has played in orchestras, festivals, and chamber ensembles throughout the United States and Ecuador, including Montana Early Music Festival, Pacific MusicWorks Underground, Las Aves, Byron Schenkman and Friends, and Berwick Academy Orchestra.

Katarzyna Olszewska, Baroque violin, received her Master of Music degree from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland. She has performed with the European Baroque Orchestra, Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra, and has been concertmaster of the Arte dei Suonatori Orchestra at the Copenhagen Baroque Festival and the Estravaganza Players at the Gliwice Bach Festival.

The Indianapolis International Baroque Competition is a collaboration of Indianapolis Early Music and IndyBaroque Music, Inc. and is held every four years for musicians younger than 32 years of age who play solo string, wind, or harpsichord. The Finals Competition Concert will be Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. A Reception and Awards Ceremony will follow the concert.

Tickets may be ordered at www.iemusic.org.

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