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The Baroque Room presents

Luís Otávio Santos, baroque violin
Jacques Ogg, harpsichord

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 | 8:00 P.M.

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students 

Featuring Brazilian baroque violinist Luís Otávio Santos and The Lyra Baroque Orchestra's own Artistic Director and harpsichordist, Jacques Ogg, these two internationally renowned musicians will perform a recital that is easily one of the most exciting events happening in
the Twin Cities this season. The program will include the first violin sonatas of both Corelli and Leclair as well as Couperin's 7th Concert. Come hear two of the world's greatest baroque master performers in the most intimate performance space in town!

Brazilian virtuoso violinist, Luís Otávio Santos, came from a family of musicians, and started his musical studies at a very early age. His interest in baroque music took him to the Netherlands in 1990, where he studied baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, with Sigiswald Kuijken, and harpsichord with Jacques Ogg. During his academic years he was the leader of the conservatory’s baroque orchestra and received his Masters Degree and Soloist Diploma in 1996 with the highest honors.

He has been one of the principal members of the baroque orchestra “La Petite Bande” since 1992 both as a soloist and as concert master. With this group he has made many recordings and toured all over the world. He plays with other early music groups in Europe, such as Ricercar Consort, Collegium Vocale, De Nederlandse Bachverening, and Le Concert Français.

In 1999 Luís recorded the complete violin sonatas by J. S. Bach for the Dutch CD label Brilliant. In 2005 he was awarded the coveted prize Diapason d’Or for his recording of Leclair sonatas for the label Ramee.

From 1997 to 2001 he was professor of baroque violin at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Italy, where he also conducted the school’s baroque orchestra.  

He is frequently asked to give master classes in music courses at Stage de Musique Baroque de Barbastre (France), and the University of Campinas, Brazil, as well being a member of the Exam Commission of the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve and the CNSM de Lyon.

Luís Otávio Santos was guest teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, as assistant to Sigiswald Kuijken, from 1998 to 2005. In his home country he is the Artistic Director of Festival Internacional de Música Colonial Brasileira e Música Antiga de Juiz de Fora, an annual event already in its twenty-third season, which takes decisive steps toward the preservation and the teaching of early music practices in South America. His recordings of Brazilian Colonial Music were awarded the IPHAN prize by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, for the preservation of Brazilian patrimonies and its cultural past. 

Luís holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Campinas, Brazil, and he is the director of the early music department of the School of Music of São Paulo–EMESP, Brazil, where he also teaches baroque violin. In addition to his baroque activities, he has been invited to conduct modern orchestras in Brazil, from opera to symphonic repertoire.

One of the most prominent and influential modern masters of harpsichord and fortepiano, Jacques Ogg performs worldwide as a soloist and continuo player. He is a member of one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, directed by Frans Brüggen, and also works with baroque orchestras in Salamanca and Sevilla, Spain. Highly sought after as a pedagogue, he is the principal harpsichord professor at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, one of the world’s foremost institutes for early music. Mr. Ogg co-directs the Vancouver Early Music Programme and Festival, an intensive summer music course in Vancouver, BC, and has been the artistic director of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra since 2000. With Lyra, Mr. Ogg has toured in Spain multiple times and, in addition to their concert activities, recorded Antonio Soler’s five Villancicos. His discography includes more than sixty recordings with labels such as Philips, Sony, EMI, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Glossa. Fono Forum, Germany’s largest music magazine, named Mr. Ogg’s CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations the finest recording of this work presently available.