Martha McGaughey

viola da gamba 

Martha McGaughey studied in Basel with Jordi Savall and in Brussels with Wieland Kuijken.  She was for many years a member of the Paris-based Five Centuries Ensemble, known for its performances of both early and contemporary music.  A founding member of Musical Assembly, whose recording of the chamber music of François Couperin received critical acclaim, Ms. McGaughey is also a founding member of Empire Viols, in residence at New York’s Second Presbyterian Church since 1997, and of the Baroque group Aula Harmoniae, which toured Korea in the fall of 2013.  She has performed with many of the New York Baroque groups, and collaborated with the British viol consort, Phantasm, in several concerts and a CD of the consort music of William Byrd.  She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato labels, as well as for EMI.  Ms. McGaughey taught at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angoulême (France), and at Stanford University. Since 1986 she has been on the faculty at The Mannes College of Music.   She has twice been a Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California, and teaches regularly at Amherst Early Music and other summer workshops, including the annual Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

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