Marika Holmqvist
During her quarter-century career as baroque violinist, Marika Holmqvist has appeared as a guest concertmaster for orchestras and opera companies on three continents, directed ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic, and served as concertmaster and artistic co-director for groups in the USA such as Sinfonia New York and the Boston-based ensemble, Cambridge Concentus. Currently her leadership positions include Zenith Ensemble (New England), Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY), and Washington Bach Consort, among others.

In addition to her extensive performance career, she is also a dedicated and passionate educator and has served as coach and guest leader for baroque operas at Cornell, Harvard, and Rutgers universities, as well as given master classes and lectures at institutions across Europe. Alongside her master’s degree in baroque violin performance from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in the Netherlands, she also graduated with a master’s in baroque violin pedagogy—the first such degree ever granted in Europe.

Her 20-odd recordings include the Grammy-nominated Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Trinity Wall Street Choir and Baroque Orchestra. Marika has a Finn’s love for the outdoors and when she is not performing or teaching, you will most likely find her cross-country skiing, hiking a mountain or gravel biking.