Caroline Ritchie read music at Oxford University and studied baroque cello and viols at London's Royal Academy of Music, before a passion for the music of the Renaissance and early Baroque lead her to continue her studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. While in Basel, she pursued research into the virtuoso solo music for viola bastarda, generously supported by a studentship from the Leverhulme trust, and widened her repertoire to include medival fiddle, Renaissance viols, and violone. In addition to a busy performance career, she is an experienced editor and researcher, with editions published by Bärenreiter. Caroline teaches consort playing at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Applauded for his “gleaming trumpet work” (Hyde Park Herald) and “dazzling virtuosity” (Grunion Gazette), the American trumpeter Justin Bland is a versatile musician, performing on both historical and modern trumpets. He specializes in early music, most notably in difficult highregister music for Baroque trumpet. Dr. Bland has performed with several leading early music ensembles throughout North America including American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare, Musica Angelica, Scaramella, Bach Collegium San Diego, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and many more.
Now living in Denmark, Justin continues to perform as both a soloist and ensemble musician, combining ongoing North American engagements with new collaborations with leading Baroque ensembles in Denmark as well as in the rest of Scandinavia and Europe. In Europe he has played with Camerata Øresund, Copenhagen Soloists, Barokksolistene, Arte dei Suonatori, Höör Barock, Enghave Barok, the Næstved Early Music Festival, and several others.
In addition to trumpet playing, Justin is also a countertenor and has sung with Apollo’s Fire and Opera Cleveland. While in Ohio working on his Master’s degree, he was an alto section leader in the chamber and chancel choirs at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland and was the countertenor with Cantores Cleveland (now Contrapunctus). Justin also plays recorder.
Justin earned his DMA in trumpet performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his MA in early music performance practices from Case Western and his BM in trumpet performance from the University of Maryland. For more information about Dr. Bland, visit his personal website (justinblandtrumpet.com).