Kiri Tollaksen

 

BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
CURRENT PERFORMING EXPERIENCE
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

HONORS, DISTINCTIONS

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

DISCOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY

Kiri Tollaksen enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. Equally skilled on trumpet and cornetto (a wind instrument used primarily in 17th century Western Europe), Kiri has been praised for her "stunning technique, and extreme musicality," (Journal of the International Trumpet Guild). She has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe with numerous groups such as Apollo's Fire, Concerto Palatino, La Fenice, Folger Consort, Tenet, Green Mountain Project, Piffaro, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium, Huelgas Ensemble, Catacoustic Consort and Pacific Music Works. She has performed both at the Boston Early Music Festival, and at the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and she is a founding member of the ensemble Dark Horse Consort (http://darkhorseconsort.org/welcome/)

As a professional trumpet player, Kiri has performed with the River Raisin Ragtime Revue in Tecumseh, Michigan, and freelances throughout Michigan. From 1996-2005, she played the Eb soprano saxhorn with the Dodworth Saxhorn Band (a re-creation of a 19th century community brass band, based in Ann Arbor. Kiri is featured on Dodworth's CD, "Home Sweet Home.") From 1995-2004, Kiri was a member of the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gustav Meier.

Kiri maintains a teaching studio in Ann Arbor, has taught cornetto at the Amherst and Madison Early Music Festivals and was on faculty at the Early Music Institute at Indiana Univeristy from 2006-2010. Kiri holds performing degrees in trumpet from Eastman, Yale, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Her discography includes recordings with the Huelgas Ensemble, La Fenice, Apollo's Fire, Piffaro, The New York Collegium, La Gente d'Orfeo, the River Raisin Ragtime Revue and the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. For upcoming concerts, please visit http://www.KiriTollaksen.com.

 

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EDUCATION

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor
D.M.A. 1995-1999 Principal Professor; Charles Daval
Yale University
New Haven, CT
M.M. Performance 1992-1994 Principal Professor; Allan Dean
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY
B.M.Performance
with distinction
1988-1992 Principal Professor; Barbara Butler

Other teachers and coaches: Bruce Dickey, Edward Parmentier, Jean Tubery, William Dongois, Christel Thielmann, Jaap Schroeder

 

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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Private Studio Teaching

Trumpet and Cornetto
1995-present
Adjunct Lecturer in Music
Early Music Institute, Indiana University

Instructor of Cornetto
2006-2010
Visiting Artist, Early Music Institute
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Instructor of Cornetto,
Ensemble Coach
2005-2006

Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts  Trumpet Instructor 2001-2004

Amherst Early Music Festival Storrs, Connecticut Cornetto Instructor 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008
University of Michigan
Studio teaching (trumpet) of non-music majors
Trumpet Techniques Class

Teaching Assistant 1995-1998
Yale School of Music
Studio teaching (trumpet) of non-music majors
1994



Lecture-Recitals given at:

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Northwestern University
Eastman School of Music
Yale School of Music
Michigan State University
University of North Texas
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb
University of Auckland, New Zealand
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Eastern Michigan University

 

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PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

I am currently or have been a long term member of the following ensembles (please scroll down):













Dark Horse Consort, cornetto San Francisco, CA 2011-present
River Raisin Ragtime Revue, cornet Tecumseh, MI 2001-2014
Anaphantasia, cornetto Ann Arbor, MI 2004-2011
Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, 2nd trumpet  Lansing, MI 1995-2004
Dodworth Saxhorn Band, Eb soprano saxhorn Ann Arbor, MI 1996-2003
La Gente D’Orfeo Ann Arbor, MI 2001-2008
Ensemble Seventeenth Century, cornetto Ann Arbor, MI 1996-2005


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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS


Please see UPCOMING PERFORMANCES for most recent Archived Performances



Collegium Vocale Lausanne France 2002
Accadamia Bizantina Venice, Italy 2002
La Gente D’Orfeo at the Detroit Institute of Art Detroit, MI 2002
Directed “Echoes of San Marco” Ann Arbor, MI 2002
Apollo’s Fire, “A Mozart Celebration” at Severance Hall Cleveland, OH 2002
Trinity Consort Portland, OR 2002
Piffaro  Philadelphia  2002
Folger Consort Washington D.C. 2001
Concerto Palatino (at the Library of Congress) Washington D.C. 2001
Pro Coro Canada Edmonton, Alberta 2001
Violins of Lafayette Washington D.C. 2001
Washington Bach Consort Washington D.C. 2001
Michigan Chamber Brass Tecumseh, MI 2001
Huelgas Ensemble Salzburg, Austria  2000
Oltremontano St. Petersburg, Russia 2000
Cappella Artemisia Quinto, Switzerland 2000
La Fenice  VÈzelay, France 2000
Magnificat Sonoma County, CA 2001
Concerto Palatino  Modena, Italy 1999
Houston Grand Opera Houston, TX 1999
New York Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble New York, NY 1994, 1999, 2001

 

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HONORS, DISTINCTIONS

Eugene and Sadye Power Grant Univ. of Michigan 1996
School of Music Fellowship Univ. of Michigan 1995-1999
Recipient of the Alumni Association Prize Yale School of Music 1994
Assistant to Jaap Schroeder, visiting Baroque violinist Yale 1993-1994
coordinated Yale Chamber Players
Dorothy Green Osborn Ferguson Scholarship Yale  1992-1994
Chamber Music Society at Yale Participant 1994
International Women's Brass Conference  St. Louis, MO 1993
semi-finalist, mock orchestral audition
Kiwanis Club Scholarship St. Joseph, MI 1990
George Eastman Merit Scholarship Eastman 1988-1992

 

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SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS

Casa Mateus, 22nd Early Music Festival Vila Real, Portugal 1999
Baroque Performance Institute Oberlin, OH 1998
Amherst Early Music Festival, Baroque Academy Amherst, MA 1995
Chautauqua Music Festival Chautauqua, NY 1992
Vincent Cichowicz Workshop Evanston, IL 1991
Aspen Music Festival Aspen, CO 1990

 

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Academy of Early Music Ann Arbor, MI 1997-present
Early Music America Cleveland, OH 1997-present
Historic Brass Society New York, NY 1989-present

 

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DISCOGRAPHY

 

Raggin' at Greenfield Village, River Raisin Ragtime Revue. Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan 2011. produced by The Henry Ford. Cornet.

Lambert de Sayve's Missa super Dominus Regnavit, Ensemble La Fenice. Recorded in Liege, Belgium, 2006. Ricercar. Cornetto.

Ragtime Detroit!, River Raisin Ragtime Revue. Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan 2006. Stomp Off Records. Cornet.

Praetorius' Polyhymnia Caduceatrix , Apollo's Fire. Recorded in Cleveland, Ohio, 2005. Cornetto.

Passion and Repose: A 17th Century Italian Musical Extravaganza!, La Gente d'Orfeo. Recorded in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 2004. Cornetto.

Biber's Missa Christi resurgentis, New York Collegium. Recorded in NYC, NY, 2003. Cornetto.

Home Sweet Home, Dodworth Saxhorn Band. Recorded in Ann Arbor, MI, 2002. Eb Soprano Saxhorn.

Odhecaton, Piffaro, The Renaissance Wind Band. Recorded in Troy, NY, 2001. Dorian recordings. Cornetto.

Mozart Celebration. Apollo’s Fire. Recorded in Cleveland, OH, 2001. Eclectra. Trumpet.

Orfeo, Claudio Monteverdi. Apollo’s Fire. Recorded in Cleveland, OH, 2000. Eclectra. Cornetto and Trumpet.

Missa a 24, Annabile Padovano. The Huelgas Ensemble. Recorded in Lissewege, Belgium, 2000. Harmonia Mundi. Cornetto.

Poets, Bards and Singers of Song, New Renaissance Band. Recorded in Troy, MI, 1999. Nightwatch Recording. Cornetto.

Vespro della Beate Virgine, 1610, Claudio Monteverdi. Apollo’s Fire. Recorded in Cleveland, OH, 1998. Eclectra. Cornetto.

Grafulla’s Favorites, Dodworth Saxhorn Band. Recorded in Ann Arbor, MI, 1998. New World Records. Eb Soprano Saxhorn.

Music of Chris Theofanidis, I Corinthians 13. Recorded in Rochester, NY, 1990. Albany Records. Trumpet.


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