2020 Guest Artists and Judges
Arthur Haas, harpsichordist, is one of the
most sought-after performers and teachers
of Baroque music in the U.S. today. He holds
a master’s degree in historical musicology
from UCLA, where he studied harpsichord
with Bess Karp. He also studied with Albert
Fuller at The Juilliard School and with Alan
Curtis in Berkeley and in Amsterdam.
Mr. Haas was awarded the top prize in the
Paris International Harpsichord Competition
in 1975, and then lived for a number of years
in France, performing in many of the major
European early music festivals and teaching
at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in
Angoulême. While in Paris, he joined the
famed Five Centuries Ensemble, known for
its performances and recordings of both early and contemporary music. In 1985, his formal American debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was highly praised by the New York Times.
He is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, one of America’s premier early music ensembles whose recordings of Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Rameau have received critical acclaim in the press. He is also a member of Empire Viols and Aula Harmoniæ. Mr. Haas participated in the first recording of the Bach Goldberg Variation Canons with Alan Curtis, and has also recorded suites for two harpsichords by Gaspard LeRoux with William Christie. His solo CD’s of Pièces de clavecin by Jean-Henry D’Anglebert, Suites de clavecin of Forqueray, music by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, and suites of Jacquet de la Guerre and François Couperin have been widely praised in the press.
Known for his expertise as a continuo player, Mr. Haas has toured with such distinguished early musicians as Marion Verbruggen, Jaap ter Linden, Julianne Baird, Laurence Dreyfus, Bruce Haynes, and Wieland Kuijken. In 2001, he recorded Bach’s Cantata #199 and songs of Henry Purcell with the soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Annual summer workshop and festival appearances take him to the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he has served as artistic director of the Baroque Academy since 2002. Mr. Haas is professor of harpsichord and early music at Stony Brook University, where he directs the award winning Stony Brook Baroque Players, and is also on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music and Juilliard’s recently created historical performance program. In Fall 2012, he began teaching harpsichord and early music courses at the Yale School of Music.
Martha McGaughey studied with Jordi Savall and with Wieland Kuijken. She is a
founding member of the New York-based Empire Viols, which was in residence
at Second Presbyterian Church for almost 20 years, and now performs at the
Church of the Transfiguration. She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato
labels, as well as for EMI. She has twice been a Regents' Lecturer at the
University of California. Last year, she was a featured soloist with the China
National Symphony in Beijing, gave several master classes in France, and
appeared with Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh. She has taught at the Ecole
Nationale de Musique in Angoulême (France), at Stanford University, and since
1986 at The Mannes College of Music, where she currently teaches Baroque
Performance Practice as well as a Performance Workshop for ESL students.
She also teaches ESL at Building One Community, the Center for Immigrant
Opportunity, in Stamford.
Daniel S. Lee
Praised for his “ravishing vehemence” (The New York Times), period
violinist Daniel S. Lee has appeared as a soloist and leader with Early
Music New York, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the New York
Baroque Incorporated, and the Quodlibet Ensemble, among others.
As the core violinist of the Sebastians, he won the Audience Prize at
the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition and
was a finalist at the 2011 York Early Music International Competition.
A piccolo violin specialist, he has performed as a soloist in Bach’s
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Cantata 140 (Wachet auf, ruft uns
die Stimme) and has given the modern-day premiere of his own
transcription of Johann Pfeiffer’s concerto. He has studied at the
Juilliard School (B.M.), the Yale School of Music (M.M. and A.D.), and
the University of Connecticut (D.M.A) and has given lectures and
master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Connecticut College,
Purchase College (SUNY), the University of Kansas, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches early music and chamber music at the Yale School of Music.
Michelle Zingale holds a BA and MA in
European History from the University of
Maine where she graduated with highest honors.
She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa & Phi Kappa
Phi honor societies.
Her piano studies were with Harold Annas and
Leena Crothers. Ms. Zingale joined the
Neighborhood Music School’s Suzuki piano faculty
in 1985; she has completed all units of Suzuki piano
training and her trainers included Carol Bigler and
Valery Lloyd-Watts among others. She has served as
Chair of Suzuki studies and Suzuki piano studies at
the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven since
2004. Her students are winners of multiple
competitions including the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. She is also the manager of
the Renee B. Fisher Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious and longest running competitions in the state,
now in its 44th year.
Alexis Zingale began her piano studies at the age of four and
presented her first solo recital program at age nine. Ms. Zingale
has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as soloist and
collaborator in a variety of venues, winning numerous awards in
both roles. Ms. Zingale has recorded for Peer Music Classical and
the Charles Ives Society, and her performances have been
broadcast on Connecticut Public Radio. Her students have been
prizewinners in local, state, and regional competitions and
In addition to her role as piano faculty and a staff accompanist at
Neighborhood Music School, Ms. Zingale is an adjunct professor
of piano and chamber music at the University of Bridgeport, a
staff accompanist at Southern Connecticut State University, a
choral accompanist at Sacred Heart University, a piano faculty
member at the Suzuki Music School of Westport, and the
accompanist of the New Haven Oratorio Choir.
A specialist in early keyboards, Stephen Gamboa-Diaz is a recipient of the
Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. He is Organist and Choir
Director at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, CT and is Instructor of
Music Theory at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. Increasingly in
demand as a soloist and chamber musician, he has recently performed
with the Elm City Consort, the American Baroque Orchestra, Yale’s Schola
Cantorum, Heartbeat Opera and Cantata Profana, for the Phoenix Early
Music Society, and as a featured artist in Concora’s Clavierfest benefit in
Hartford. He was a laureate of the 2012 Westfield International Harpsicord
Competition, and his harpsicord duo Zweikampf were finalists in Early
Music America’s inaugural Baroque Performance Competition. Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley under Davitt Moroney and Charlene Brendler, and his graduate work under Arthur Haas at SUNY Stony Brook.