Marika Holmqvist
Marika, whose playing was hailed as “mightily impressive, tonally attractive and intellectually secure” (Philadelphia Inquirer) enjoys an active freelance career performing as concertmaster and/or principal for ensembles as diverse as Spire Ensemble (KC), Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra (NYC), Washington Bach Consort, Hallgrims Kirkja International Baroque Orchestra (Iceland) and Barocco Boreale (Finland), among others. She has toured 30 countries with distinguished European and American early music ensembles, led and coached opera productions at Harvard and Cornell, and taught master classes as well as lectured at the Novia University of Applied Sciences (Finland). Her 20 - odd recordings include the Grammy-nominated Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Trinity Wall Street Choir and Baroque Orchestra. Marika is a proud founding member of Philadelphia’s Franklin Quartet, and holds two master’s degrees (Baroque Violin Performance and Baroque Violin Pedagogy) from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands.