John Ma (Baroque Violin, Viola, d'amore)

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Stephen Freeman


The Musician

Inspired by the pioneers of historical performance practice, Stephen pursued his interest in this field studying baroque violin at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague after graduating from the Canberra School of Music in 1991. Upon completion of his studies and a brief intermezzo back home as principal 2nd violin with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and teaching at Melbourne Uni, Stephen returned to Europe. Based in Amsterdam for over a decade he performed, toured and recorded with numerous ensembles including Ricercar Consort, Concerto d'Amsterdam, Gabrieli Consort, Capriccio Stravagante, Il Gardellino and New Dutch Academy (concertmaster, 2007-2012).

Alongside his musical career, Stephen trained at the Alexander Technique Centre in Amsterdam qualifying as a teacher in 2010. Back in Australia since 2014, his performances and recordings with Early Music ensembles include Australian Haydn Ensemble, Pinchgut Opera, Bach Akademie Australia, and Salut!Baroque. He is lead violin for Bach Band @ St James, and has appeared as guest leader of Genesis Baroque and most recently Canberra Bach Ensemble at the Leipzig Bachfest.

The Person