Artistic Leadership

Cynthia Miller Freivogel

Violinist-Leader


Photo: BrandywineBaroque.org

Called “a stellar artist by any standard and the orchestra’s obvious sparkplug” by the Denver Post, Cynthia Miller Freivogel performs on both modern and baroque violin.

In addition to being the leader and concertmaster of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Ms. Freivogel has played most recently with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Ton Koopman, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), American Bach Soloists, and the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston). She has been a member of chamber ensembles including the recently formed Hopkinson trio, Brandywine Baroque in Wilmington, Delaware, Magnificat Ensemble, and Voices of Music, which has made numerous videos you can find on Youtube. Ms. Freivogel has long been dedicated to the performance of the string quartets of Haydn and his contemporaries on period instruments. She was a founding member and second violinist of the Novello Quartet, and a founding member of the Coriolan Quartet (Boston).

Ms. Freivogel has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, as well as at Tanglewood, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, the State Orchestra of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Apollo’s Fire, Portland Baroque, American Russian Young Artist’s Orchestra, and Amerus chamber players.

Ms. Freivogel received a BA in musicology at Yale University and an MM in violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory. She studied principally with Camilla Wicks and Marylou Speaker Churchill, and is a dedicated and certified Suzuki teacher.

Frank Nowell, Harpsichordist

Artistic Director

Frank Nowell founded the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in 2005, and the ensemble quickly garnered acclaim for its “artistic vision, authenticity, and devotion” under his leadership as Artistic Director and harpsichordist.

Founding the orchestra fulfilled a long-held dream to expand the Denver arts scene to include a professional orchestra devoted to historically inspired performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. An active performer as a Baroque keyboard specialist and “early music entrepreneur,” Mr. Nowell was previously co-founder of the early music group Diverse Passions and founder of the Denver Handel Festival. He is a frequent guest artist, collaborator, and soloist, including recent appearances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (Art of the Baroque and Four Seasons), Off the Hook Chamber Music Festival, Up Close and Musical, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Pro Musica Colorado, Voices of Light, and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. As an organist he earned Associate certification (AAGO) from the American Guild of Organists and has recorded on the Cygnus label.

Mr. Nowell takes joy in introducing people of all ages and backgrounds to Baroque music and in collaborating with a wide range of artists to bring new dimensions to this music. He received the Master of Music degree in choral conducting and music history from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Princeton University.

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