Touring forces for Biber’s Mystery Sonatas: Violin, Cello, Theorbo/Guitar, Harpsichord/Organ
In 2018, Christina Martinson was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her tour-de-force performance of the complete cycle of Heinrich Biber’s The Mystery Sonatas, with Boston Baroque.
ABOUT CHRISTINA DAY MARTINSON, CONCERTMASTER
Christina Day Martinson serves as the Concertmaster for Boston Baroque. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, she has been a featured soloist with Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, The Bach Ensemble, Tempesta di Mare, the Unicamp Symphony Orchestra in Brazil and the Philharmonisch Orkest Mozart in Amsterdam. A recipient of the Netherland-America Foundation Grant and Frank Huntington Beebe Award, Martinson holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, the Royal Conservatory in The Netherlands, and received her Master of Music in Historical Performance from Boston University.
Martinson also serves as Associate Concertmaster for the Handel and Haydn Society and has performed as Concertmaster under conductors such as Roger Norrington, Richard Egarr, Bernard Labadie, Martin Pearlman, Nicholas McGegan, Laurence Cummings and Harry Christophers. Martinson’s performances of the complete Mystery Sonatas in 2012-13 were hailed by the Boston Globe as a Top 10 Performance of the Year in 2012 and chosen by Jeremy Eichler for his Top Concerts of 2013. “[Martinson’s] playing [featured] a fearless technique and, best of all, a delightful sense of spontaneity and imagination” – Boston Globe (2013).
Martinson has given chamber music recitals in Jordan Hall, Boston, Ishihara Hall, Japan, at the Thüringen Bachwochen in Germany, the Casals Festival, Puerto Rico and at the Leuven Festival in Belgium. Martinson recorded Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Boston Baroque for Telarc. “This is story-telling par excellence, Martinson’s polished technique and elegant musicianship fired in the kiln of imagination to produce mind-pictures of such vividness that the Greek term ekphrasis, with all its rhetorical associations, hardly covers it” – Gramophone, May, 2009.
ABOUT BOSTON BAROQUE
Boston Baroque is the first permanent Baroque orchestra established in North America and, according to Fanfare Magazine, is widely regarded as “one of the world’s premier period-instrument bands.” The ensemble produces lively, emotionally charged, groundbreaking performances of Baroque and Classical works for today’s audiences performed on instruments and using performance techniques that reflect the eras in which the music was composed.
Founded in 1973 as “Banchetto Musicale” by Music Director Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque’s orchestra is composed of some of the finest period-instrument players in the United States, and is frequently joined by the ensemble’s professional chorus and by world-class instrumental and vocal soloists from around the globe. The ensemble has performed at major music centers across the United States and performed recently in Poland for the 2015 Beethoven Festival, with sold-out performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in Warsaw and Handel’s Messiah in Katowice.
Boston Baroque reaches an international audience with its twenty-five acclaimed recordings. In 2012, the ensemble became the first American orchestra to record with the highly-regarded UK audiophile label Linn Records, and its release of The Creation received great critical acclaim. In April 2014, the orchestra recorded Monteverdi’s rarely performed opera, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, which was released on Linn Records and received two nominations at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards.
Boston Baroque’s recordings have received six GRAMMY® Award Nominations: its 1992 release of Handel’s Messiah, 1998 release of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, 2000 release of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, 2015 release of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and 2018 release of Biber’s The Mystery Sonatas.