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Stabat Mater
Artist Biographies

Claire Garabedian (cellist) || Olga Gussow (violin) || Jane Harty (organ)
Stephen Creswell (viola) || Anders Marshall (soprano) || Steve Bryant (countertenor)
Kim Zabelle (violin)
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Anders Marshall, soprano, has since 1995 been a member of the Northwest Boy Choir, with which he has served frequently as a soloist. He has also in solo engagements with the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Pro Musica under Karen Thomas, and the Choir of the West under Richard Sparks. With the boy choir he has toured the Eastern U.S., Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria. In Spring 1999, he appeared as Willie in the University of Washington’s production of Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene.” In the fall of 1999 he will appear as one of the three spirits in Seattle Opera’s “Magic Flute.” He is the son of Ronald Marshall and Jane Harty.

Steve Bryant has performed a broad range of early and modern music as a countertenor, mezzo soprano and haute contre. He has made a specialty of performing music written for castrati, having performed in a concert version of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and in a solo drama Voice of an Angel: A Castrato Remembers. Last year, he appeared with both Choral Arts Northwest and Pacific Northwest Chamber Chorus in Bernstein’s Choruses from The Lark in the featured solo role composed for Russell Oberlin. His performance venues also have included the Castle Rock Festival, the University of California, San Francisco’s Old First Church, and KPFA radio in Berkeley. As music director of Sweet Corn Productions, he has produced and directed many concerts of early music featuring original instruments, and staged a Britten festival in San Francisco. He is a student of former MGM contract opera artist Maria Greco, who with Gigli shared the highly reputed Rosati as a teacher.

Kim Zabelle, violin, brings to her performances both a solid background in medieval and renaissance improvisation and a command of the violin repertoire from Biber to Boulez. Currently a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, she has performed internationally at festivals such as Tanglewood, Salzburg, Victoria and Vancouver and has been featured in broadcasts on NPR, Performance Today, and CBC Radio. She received her musical training at the Universities of Michigan and Washington and at Indiana University. Her teachers have included Camilla Wicks, Steven Staryk and Stanley Ritchie. She maintains an active teaching studio both in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island and has also taught at Marrowstone-in-the-City, the Music Center of the Northwest, the Northwest Center for Early Music Studies, and as Artist-in-Residence at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has recorded for CBC Radio, Geffen, Focus and Wildboar records.

Olga Gussow, violin, has specialized in the study of baroque and classical music since 1983. She has performed as a member of such groups as NYS Baroque, New York’s Grande Bande, ARTEK, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Concert Royal, American Bach/Classical Soloists, the Period Orchestra of the Old Fairfield (CT) Academy, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Brandywine Baroque, Florida Grand Opera, and Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of Les Plaisirs with gambist Motomi Igarashi and harpsichordist Kerri Mikkelson. She is also a co-founder with husband Fred Hauptman of the Versailles Ensemble, which was based in Seattle, and specialized in the unpublished works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier. She participated in a critically acclaimed recording of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with ARTEK on Lyrichord CDs. She has also recorded for Koch International, Music Masters, Vox, and Wildboar. She plays an unaltered violin made in 1793 by Martin Leopold Widhalm of Nörnberg.

Stephen Creswell, viola, is fast becoming known in the Puget Sound region as a violist and violinist with eclectic breadth. He has performed recently at WOMAD with the Seattle Creative Orchestra and served as concertmaster for Karen Thomas’ Seattle Pro Musica. He also plays chamber music regularly with Jeffrey Cohan, baroque and modern flautist. He will appear later this season as viola soloist with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and as director his own innovative series of concerts, Drama from Small Boxes. Before moving to the Seattle area, Mr. Cresswell lived in Philadelphia and Toronto, where he was a member of Convergence, an improvisatory new music/dance ensemble, and also recorded and toured in North America, Europe, and Japan with the chamber orchestra Tafelmusik. In 1997, he participated in an all-Bach tour of Spain with the New York ensemble I Musici di San Cassiano. He is a 1991 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Claire Garabedian, cellist, is a well-known performer on both the east and west coasts. She is principal cellist with Seattle Baroque and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and plays regularly with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Boston Baroque Orchestra, and the Handel & Haydn Society. She is a member of the chamber groups Zephyrus and Concertino Armonico, and a guest artist with Musica Pacifica. A native of California, she received her BM from the New England Conservatory of Music, and her Masters in Historical Performance at the Longy School of Music. She can be heard on the Harmonia Mundi, Diaphonica, BMG and Koch International record labels. She currently lives in Rainier Valley with her dogs, Cisco, and Buddy. Her cello was made in Amsterdam by Pieter Rombouts in 1702.

Jane Harty, organ, has received numerous awards and grants and is an active and diverse recitalist of solo and chamber music. She holds a D.M.A. degree from the University of Southern California and attended L’Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Ms. Harty is currently on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University and is Music Director of the ArtsWest Concert Series.

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