VIOLA DA GAMBA
Marin Marais (1656-1728): Le Labyrinthe
Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707): "Ich habe lust abzuscheiden"
G.P. Telemann (1681-1767): Brockes Passion - Sünder, schaut
ALL ABOUT ME
"...a magnificent “Es ist vollbracht!,” perfectly complemented by
Cassandra Luckhardt’s mournful viola
- 29 March 2015, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Richard Egarr
"Intonation, articulation, and ornamentation match flawlessly from the first note of the CD to the last."
- Mike D. Brownell, reviewing "Il Giardino Armonico"
"...voran Cassandra Luckhardt mit ihrem wundervollem Cello weiß vollends zu überzeugen."
- Sal Pichireddu, September 2011
Since winning the prize for Best Individual Performer at the 1998 Van Wassenaer Competition for Early Music in Den Haag, Cassandra Luckhardt has established an international reputation as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher on both cello and viola da gamba. In performance, Cassandra has played and recorded as principal cello and gamba with The Academy of Ancient Music, Il Complesso Barocco, Musica ad Rhenum and the King’s Consort. In 2015, she was the solo gambist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the highly acclaimed performance of the St. John Passion conducted by Richard Egarr.
As a chamber musician, Cassandra is in equally high demand, demonstrating her flexibility as soloist with chamber groups all over the world. She has performed all over Europe as well as in China, Australia, Japan, Russia, Israel, the U.S. and throughout her adopted home of The Netherlands. She is a regular member of Camerata Trajectina, Le Nuove Musiche and the Apollo Ensemble, with whom she has performed in venues as diverse as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Sydney Festival (AUS).
Cassandra's recording with Musica ad Rhenum of the Suites for viola da gamba as part of the complete chamber music of Francois Couperin has been highly acclaimed as “magnificent and indispensable” and “...a particular highlight.” Her recording of the Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba exhibits “a give and take full of playfulness, sensitivity, musicality and collegiality” as well as “a beautiful performance which leaves no wish unfulfilled.”
Cassandra received her Bachelor of Music and her Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Oberlin College, Ohio, in 1992 and her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory in 1994. She moved to Paris in 1994 to study at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique under the auspices of a Harriet Hale Woolley grant, awarded that year to only three other artists in the United States. In 1996, she received third prize at the Early Music Competition for Ensembles in Bruges and in 1999 won the Public Prize at the Utrecht Early Music Festival. In 2001, Cassandra finished her studies at the Royal
Conservatory in Den Haag, graduating with degrees on both viola da gamba and baroque cello.
Cassandra plays a cello built by Sebastian Kloz, Mittenwald ca. 1760 and a gamba after Guillaume Barbey, Paris 1690 by John Pringle, USA 1987. She is the recent proud owner of an anonymous 18th-century gamba.