La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble

Rainer Beckmann, a native of Germany, performs with a large variety of early music ensembles in the Philadelphia Tri-State area. He is a founding member of La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble and a member of Vox Renaissance Consort. As featured soloist and guest musician, he has appeared with Melomanie, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Brandywine Baroque, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, Camerata Ama Deus, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, West Jersey Chamber Music Society, Curtis Opera, Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra, and Piffaro – The Renaissance Band. Before moving to the United States, he performed in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, Israel, and Brazil. Rainer is the music director of the Philadelphia Recorder Society and a graduate of the Utrecht School of the Arts (Netherlands), where he studied recorder with Heiko ter Schegget, Baldrick Deerenberg, and Marion Verbruggen.

Donna Fournier
plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with Mélomanie and Triomphe de l'Amour and has been a guest artist with such groups as Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, Brandywine Baroque, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Classical Symphony. The Philadelphia Inquirer acclaimed her solo work as "poised, soulful ... [and] played with particular depth." She specializes in repertoire from the French Baroque period as well as works featuring solo viola da gamba by J.S. Bach. Donna has recorded Buxtehude cantatas for PGM, Telemann trio sonatas for the Lyrichord, Boismortier trio sonatas for A Casa Discos, Jaquet de La Guerre and Bousset cantatas for Plectra Music, and new music for baroque ensemble for Meyers Music. Her most recent recording of a new work for solo gamba and harpsichord by local composer Mark Rimple.

Marcia Kravis has performed numerous solo and ensemble recitals, primarily in the Philadelphia area. She is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with John Gibbons. She taught harpsichord to students at the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawr College and currently teaches harpsichord privately at her studio in Philadelphia. She has accompanied master classes by Julianne Baird, Marion Verbruggen, Han Tol, Sandra Miller and Saskia Coolen. Marcia was a music and drama specialist at The Philadelphia School from 1983-2006 and is the author/composer of several children’s musicals. She continues to work as a drama consultant at The Philadelphia School and at The Friends School Haverford. She also works as a Certified Music Practitioner, playing the hammered dulcimer for patients, staff and visitors in hospice and hospital settings.

and guests in 2017-18

Heather Miller Lardin
enjoys a diverse career performing and teaching on historical and modern double basses and viola da gamba. In Philadelphia she appears with Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, and nearby Brandywine Baroque. Other recent engagements have brought Heather to perform with the Staunton Music Festival, the Handel & Haydn Society, and the Dryden Ensemble. Lardin is the founder and director of Night Music, which performs chamber music of the Revolutionary and Romantic eras on instruments of the time. Lardin directs the Temple University Early Music Ensemble, which includes viol and recorder consorts, voices, lutes, and Baroque ensembles; she also directs the annual Amherst Early Music Winter Weekend Workshop held each January in Old City Philadelphia and Camden. In summer 2016 she taught a week-long historical double bass course at the Amherst Baroque Academy and served as faculty at the Curtis Young Artists Summer Program. Lardin maintains a select private studio for Suzuki and traditional double bass and violone students. She is the recipient of a Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA) Consort Loan grant, with which she presents viol consort classes for children ages 5-9. Lardin is the editor of the early bass feature "Rumblings" in Bass World, the journal of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) and regularly presents recitals and lectures at ISB conventions. From 2006 to 2013 Lardin was Artistic Director of the Ithaca-based period instrument ensemble NYS Baroque. Under her direction, the ensemble appeared at the Skaneateles Festival and developed an arts immersion program in which Ithaca High School students explored European culture through literature, music, dance, theater, gesture, and costume. Heather Miller Lardin holds a DMA in Performance Practice from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Rebecca (Becca) Humphrey Diederich lives and works in the Philadelphia area where she is an active freelancer, performing with many US early music ensembles in tiny churches, living rooms, large concert halls and dilapidated county courthouses. One of her greatest joys is playing as a founding member of Belladonna Baroque Quartet, which has toured extensively in the US and Brazil. In Philadelphia she is founding member of many chamber groups including Aurelio, Kleine Kammermusik, Night Music, aMuse, and most recently The Franklin Quartet. When not playing cello or viola da gamba, Becca is an avid tennis player and even went to nationals with her USTA team last year. She is a mountain person, not a beach gal, spending as many summer weekends as possible in the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania.