Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba





Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba


  • Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba
  • Nicola Canzano , harpsichord
  • James Perretta , viola da gamba

Event Details

J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba in D major, BWV 1028
Carl Friedrich Abel: Pieces for bass viol in D major :
Prelude, Allegro, Adagio, Tempo di Minuet

Georg Philipp Telemann: Viola da gamba Sonata, TWV 41:e5 

Recitativo - Arioso 


Johann Schenck: Sonata in a minor from L'Echo du Danube


Arnie Tanimoto

Gold medalist of the 7th International Bach-Abel Competition, Arnie Tanimoto is equally at home on the viola da gamba and baroque cello. He was the first-ever viola da gamba major at The Juilliard School, where he soloed on both instruments. Described by The New York Times as a “fine instrumental soloist” Arnie performs in venues across the United States, Europe, and Japan. The recipient of a 2017 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Fellowship he has also performed and recorded with Barthold Kuijken, the Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Arnie is an advocate for the viola da gamba, and can be found giving lecture demonstrations and premieres of new works for the instrument around the country. As a teacher, he serves on faculty at the Mountainside Baroque Summer Academy as well as maintaining a private studio. He holds degrees and certificates from Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Nicola Canzano

Nicola Canzano is a composer, harpsichordist and organist currently based in Michigan. He has been commissioned to compose early music for various baroque orchestras and early music ensembles throughout North America and Europe. He has nurtured his love of collaboration by working as a freelance continuist in California, Michigan, and abroad. Nicola is the former director of music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aptos, California, as well as St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wyandotte, Michigan. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Early Keyboards at the University of Michigan.

James Perretta

James Perretta enjoys pursuing a variety of musical and academic endeavors. James studies viola da gamba with Enid Sutherland and recently co-founded Lyracle, an ensemble dedicated to the art of accompanying the voice with the viol. Inspired by his experience at the 2017 VdGSA Conclave, James started a student viola da gamba consort in Ann Arbor, introducing consort playing to students unfamiliar with the instrument. In 2016, James completed a BM in Cello Performance and a BS in Computer Science at University of Michigan. During these undergraduate years, James studied modern cello with Richard Aaron and began studying Baroque cello and viola da gamba with Enid Sutherland. He also served as Principal Cellist in the University Symphony Orchestra, was seated as second-chair cellist in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, and was a finalist in the University of Michigan Concerto Competition.

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