Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Dominic Eckersley
Dominic Eckersley, harpsichord, studied harpsichord at the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama in London, The Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens, New York, and Mannes College in New York, where he was the Louise Crane Foundation/Silvia Marlow Scholar. He studied organ with Horace E. Bates and David Aspinal and harpsichord with David Roblou, Christopher Kite, Raymond Erickson, and Arthur Haas. He additionally studied baroque oboe with David Reichenberg, Anthony Robson and Paul Goodwin. He participated in masterclasses with William Christe, Marylyn MacDonnald, Enrique Gatti, Han Tol, Paul Lenhoots, Sandra Miller, and Phoebe Carrai. He also studied on scholarship at the International Baroque Institute in Cambridge, MA, where he performed both as a harpsichordist and a baroque oboist.
He has performed with James Bowman at New College, Oxford, and with the Conductor Laureate, Sir Charles Groves, at St. Martin’s in the Field, London. As an oboist, he performed at the Town Hall, New York. He has recorded for the BBC Radio and various television stations in the United Kingdom and for CNN in the United States. He has guest-lectured at the Federal University of Rio Grande so Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, the CUNY Graduate Center and Queen’s College, New York, and Augusta College, Georgia. He has performed extensively, both as a continuo player and a soloist, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mr. Eckersley has appeared regularly with the Greenwich Village Orchestra, the Galatea String Orchestra and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra for Sacred Music. In 1994 he founded the New Amsterdam Baroque ensemble, which he currently directs. Their debut concert at Trinity Church, New York, was received with high acclaim. The ensemble also toured Georgia and Alabama in 1995. With New Amsterdam Baroque, in 1999, he performed concerti for one, two, and three harpsichords by Bach. In that same year, New Amsterdam Baroque received funding from the New York Council for the Humanities.
For more information, feel free to visit Dominic’s Web site.
Musica Bella concerts: January 17, 2004; January 18, 2004; December 4, 2004; December 5, 2004; December 17, 2005; December 18, 2005