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Richard Stone, Gwyn Roberts, codirectors, Emlyn Ngai, concertmaster, Tempesta di Mare

Richard Stone, Gwyn Roberts, Emlyn Ngai
image credit: Andy Kahl

In recent seasons, Tempesta di Mare Artistic Director and founder Gwyn Roberts has been a featured recorder and traverso soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Hesperus, Recitar Cantando of Tokyo, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. American Record Guide has called her “a world-class virtuoso”, and the Washington Post remarked, “with her sparkling technique and sensitive attention to musicality, she infused the music with operatic drama.” Her recording of Veracini Recorder Sonatas earned a five-star rating from BBC Music Magazine. As co-director of Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare, she leads the ensemble in frequent performances from Oregon to Prague, records for Chandos (UK), and appears frequently on NPR’s Performance Today. Other recordings include Deutsche Grammaphon, Dorian, Sony Classics, Vox, PolyGram, PGM, Newport Classics, and Radio France. Ms. Roberts is Director of Early Music at the University of Pennsylvania and is on faculty at Peabody Conservatory. She studied recorder with Marion Verbruggen and Leo Meilink and baroque flute with Marten Root at Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands.

Richard Stone, lutenist and Tempesta di Mare Director and co-founder, has performed in solo recitals, music series and festivals worldwide. The New York Times called his playing “beautiful” and “lustrously melancholy,” while the Washington Post described it as having “the energy of a rock solo and the craft of a classical cadenza.” He recently completed a two-season nationwide solo tour of the Bach lute suites. Solo recordings include lute suites of Silvius Leopold Weiss, the world premiere of the complete lute concerti of Weiss, performed with Tempesta di Mare and, most recently, the Fasch lute concerto, also with Tempesta. Other recording and broadcast credits include Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, PolyGram, Lyrichord, Musical Heritage, NPR, the BBC and Czech Radio. He is one of the most highly regarded baroque vocal accompanists in the United States and is in constant demand as a continuo player on lute, archlute and theorbo. Recent guest appearances include the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. Conducting credits include Monteverdi’s Poppea, Steffani’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, all led from the theorbo. Stone joined the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in fall 2007. He studied lute with Patrick O’Brien at SUNY Purchase, and with Nigel North as a Fulbright Lusk Scholar at London’s Guildhall School.

Tempesta di Mare concertmaster Emlyn Ngai enjoys a diverse life as both a modern and historical violinist. With the Adaskin String Trio he has performed extensively across Canada and the United States and has been recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, and National Public Radio. He is Associate Concertmaster of the Carmel Bach Festival where is also an active recitalist and soloist. His association with such early music groups as Apollo’s Fire, Boston Baroque and Joshua Rifkin’s Bach Ensemble has taken him to Bermuda, Germany, Spain, and the UK as well as across the US. Recording credits include Centaur, MSR Classics, New World Records, and Telarc. His recordings for the label Musica Omnia have received acclaim in American Record Guide, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and The Strad. Emlyn holds degrees from McGill University, Oberlin College Conservatory, and the Hartt School. An enthusiastic educator, Emlyn has taught at Boston University, Mount Holyoke College, and McGill University and has been a faculty member of Amherst Early Music, Madison Early Music Festival and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. He enjoys ties with West Chester University where he is a frequent guest clinician. Currently he teaches modern and baroque violin, chamber music and performance practice at the Hartt School, University of Hartford where he also co-directs the Collegium Musicum.