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Barbara Hollinshead


Barbara Hollinshead is one of the Washington area's finest interpreters of early music. She performs regularly with the Washington Bach Consort, Washington Chamber Symphony, and The Violins of Lafayette, and in Manhattan and its environs as a member of the NY-based chamber group ARTEK. Barbara has been a guest artist with many early music groups, including Chatham Baroque, the Four Nations Ensemble, HESPERUS, and The New York Collegium, and has sung under the baton of several eminent conductors, including Christopher Hogwood and Andrew Parrott. In summer 2000 she traveled to Germany with the Washington Bach Consort to perform at festivals commemorating the 250th anniversary of Bach's death. This spring she sang the St. Matthew Passion in her debut with the Canadian orchestra, Tafelmusik. Barbara has recorded solo lute songs with Howard Bass, Renaissance Spanish and Sephardic music with La Rondinella (Dorian Recordings), and the works of Mrs. H.H. Beach (Albany Records). Barbara rounds out her musical contributions with educational endeavors as a voice teacher, a leader of master classes on Renaissance and Baroque styles, and a cast member of “Bach to School,” an educational series of programs presented at Washington’s historic Lincoln Theater.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/30/2013: The Genius of John Dowland

D.C. early music performers Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano; Jason Rylander, tenor; and Howard Bass, lute, join forces to present a celebration of the 450th birthday of John Dowland, the most celebrated and prolific composer of music for the lute in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

Barbara Hollinshead