Personal Member

Contact Information

Santa Monica


Early Music Affiliations

Artistic Director, Educator, Professional Performer, Professor, Teacher

Instrument(s) Played

Viola, Viola Da Gamba, Violin


Praised for her “rococo gracefulness”, Lindsey Strand-Polyak is active throughout the West Coast as a baroque violinist and violist. Nationally, she has performed with ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists,  Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks and Bach Collegium San Diego; and has appeared at the Oregon Bach Festival, Twin Cities and Montana Early Music Festivals, and the Fringe Series of both Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. In her home base of Southern California, she can be heard with her own group, Ensemble Bizarria, as well as Musica Angelica, Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble, Tesserae, Concordia Clarimontis, and at the Baroque Festival-Corona del Mar. Dr. Strand-Polyak was the assistant director for the UCLA Early Music Ensemble from 2011-2015, and is artistic director of Los Angeles Baroque—LA's first community Baroque orchestra. Lecture-recitals include McGill University, University of Texas at Austin, Northern State University of Louisiana, and national meetings of the American Musicological Society. Among the schools where she has been an artist-in-residence: Michigan State University, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, University of Richmond, Sacramento State University and University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Strand-Polyak has served on the faculty of the Colburn School and the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, and is currently adjunct professor of baroque violin and viola at Claremont Graduate University. She earned her PhD/MM in musicology and violin performance from UCLA, studying historical performance with Elisabeth LeGuin and modern violin with Guillaume Sutre and Movses Pogossian. 

Current Ensemble(s)

Los Angeles Baroque

Ensemble Bizarria


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