Houston Early Music will present the world-renowned viola da gamba virtuoso, Paolo Pandolfo, in a program of French Baroque music at 8:00 PM, Saturday, January 14 at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer. The program features the music of Sieur de Sainte-Colombe, Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray, the three most important names in the French viola da gamba universe. Pandolfo will be joined by Maria Gelis, harpsichord and Thomas C. Boysen, baroque guitar and theorbo.
Pandolfo began his research in the field of renaissance and baroque musical idioms in 1979 with violinist Enrico Gatti and harpsicordist Rinaldo Alessandrini. He studied with Jordi Savall at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. In 1982, he became a member of Savall's ensemble Hesperion XX with which he performed throughout the world until 1990.
Pandolfo is Professor of Viola da Gamba at his alma mater, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Since this appointment, he concentrates his teaching activities in Basel, while his performing career takes him all over the world, playing with artists such as Emma Kirkby, Rolf Lislevand, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Mitzi Meyerson, and Josť Miguel Moreno. Since 1992 he has directed Labyrinto, a group dedicated to the vast viol consort repertoire. He has recorded extensively and all of his recordings have received intensely positive reviews and many awards from the most prestigious musical magazines such as Gramophone, Le Monde de La Musique, Goldberg, Scherzo and Diapason.
At 7:00 Dr. Matthew Dirst of Moores School of Music, The University of Houston, will give a free pre-concert talk titled “French Baroque Storytelling.”
Concert ticket prices are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $10 for students (with student ID). Free admission for children under 15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.
Recordings by artists featured by Houston Early Music are available at
These activities are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Houston and the Texas Commission on the Arts through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County