Penelope Spencer; baroque violin
New Zealand-born violinist Penelope Spencer is one of the leading baroque violinists of her generation. She studied with Sigiswald Kuijken, the founder of the baroque violin revival, and in 1998 graduated with the highest performance diploma – “Uitvoerende Musicus” cum Laudae – from Utrecht and The Hague conservatories, one of only a handful of baroque violinists ever to do so.
As a member of Kuijken’s renowned orchestra “La Petite Bande”, she regularly recorded and toured internationally, playing alongside leading figures of the Early Music movement such as Gustav Leonhardt, Francois Fernandez, and the Kuijken brothers.
In 2000, Penelope joined the English Baroque Soloists, directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and participated that year in over 80 concerts and CD recordings across Europe and in the United States, comprising a landmark project to perform and record all of Bach’s 200 cantatas in one year.
In 2007, Penelope was invited by Philip Pickett to become the concertmaster (principal violin) of the New London Consort, and violinist with the Musicians of the Globe. Penelope tours internationally on a regular basis, as both soloist and concertmaster, performing at the major festivals and concert halls worldwide. In the coming months she will be performing in Seoul, Ottawa, Montreal, Mexico, Paris, Cremona, London and Las Palmas. Penelope is also in the process of researching and recording a double CD of music by contemporaries of JS Bach, to be released in 2014.