Bio and Discography

Praised by the Baltimore Sun for her “beguiling musicality” Ann Marie Morgan is a frequent guest artist on viola da gamba and has performed in the Bach St. John and St. Matthew Passions with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra as well as Brandenburg Concerto number six with The Cleveland Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  She is a regular guest at numerous Bach Festivals including Oregon, Bethlehem, and Boulder and has been concerto soloist on viola da gamba and cello piccolo with Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

Ms Morgan performed once again this past season with The Cleveland Orchestra as the viola da gamba soloist in the Bach St. John Passion at Severance Hall under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. Her spring also included guest appearances with the Colorado and Quad Cities Symphony Orchestras in their presentations of Bach's St. Matthew Passion.  She joined with tenor Nicholas Phan in a recital featuring works by Bach on violoncello piccolo - this soon to be available on youtube.  Grammy nominated artist Jory Vinikour and she presented a joint viola da gamba and harpsichord recital on the Blue Sage Series in Paonia, Colorado.  Her newly formed viol consort, STRING, was featured with the Denver Early Music Consort and Boulder's premiere vocal ensemble Ars Nova Singers.

In March 2016 Ms. Morgan joined her colleagues Nicholas Phan and Michael Leopold for a presentation of “A Painted Tale” at the CRR Concert Hall in Istanbul, Turkey. In the fall of that season she was a featured lecturer at the University of Minnesota on their "Tuesdays with Bach!" Series, speaking about the role of the viola da gamba in the works of JS Bach.  She returned to Minneapolis in March to perform the St. Matthew Passion in a staged production in collaboration with the Hochschule from Detmold, Germany.  In her home of Denver, Colorado, she performed two of the Bach solo cello suites on the Evensong Series at St. John's Episcopal Church as well as "Rosebuds Dancing" (viol and electronics) on the CU Boulder Pendulum Series.

Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall was the venue in March 2015 when Ms. Morgan joined tenor Nicholas Phan and lutenist Michael Leonard in “A Painted Tale” (music of Dowland and Purcell),  receiving praise from Opera News (see "News").  The album was selected by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top 10 Classical CDs for 2015.  Her “Transformations” program, premiered  in June 2014 in Baltimore, was presented again with Joshua Smith and William Simms at Denver Metro University in March, 2015.    

Other highlights in recent seasons include an invitation to join Helmuth Rilling (in his final summer and 80th birthday celebration as Director of the Oregon Bach Festival 2013) in lectures and a performance of the Bach St. John Passion; performing arias from the Bach Passions in concert with Thomas Quasthoff and Ingeborg Danz; teaching and performing at the Alte Musik Institut in Hannover, Germany; touring with Les Violons du Roy under the direction of Bernard Labadie; providing bowed continuo for Stephanie Blythe and Elizabeth Futral in Opera Colorado’s production of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”; performing at the Prague Spring Festival with La Tempesta di Mare.

Of her sound H&B Recordings Direct notes, “Before hearing Ann Marie Morgan, I would not have believed that so pure a tone could be drawn from a viola da gamba; it is straight from heaven.” A Painted Tale (Nicholas Phan, tenor - AVIE) reached number 14 in its first week on the classical Billboard Chart and is featured as an Editor's Choice in the April 2015 issue of Gramophone magazine (citing instrumental arrangements as being "exquisitely played" by Morgan and lute colleague Michael Leopold).  The J.S. Bach Flute Sonatas; Sonata from the “Musical Offering” (Joshua Smith – Delos) and The Soulful Bach and Telemann (with her own ensemble Olde Friends Concert Artists – Centaur) feature Ms. Morgan on baroque cello.  She has her own solo viola da gamba album (with William Simms and Daniel Rippe, continuo) of French and English repertoire entitled “Among Rosebuds” (Centaur). Other labels upon which one can hear Ms. Morgan include AVIE, Chandos, Dorian and Naxos. 

Ms Morgan recently performed the world premiere of a piece written for and dedicated to her by John Drumheller.  The work, entitled "Rosebuds Dancing",  is a collaboration of both the composer and performer. Drumheller's contribution is a fixed media electronic backdrop with materials taken exclusively from Morgan's recording of the song "Among Rosebuds" by Nicholas Lanier.  The dance flanks and is interwoven into a lengthy lament over which Morgan interjects phrases from John Downland's "Lachrimae" and flows into improvisation on the viol.

Receiving her Artist Diploma in viola da gamba and baroque cello from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (Catharina Meints), Ms. Morgan became the instructor of both instruments and a part of the early music faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, a post she held for 11 years.  She was also a long time member of the early music faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp. As a result of her 15 year appointment with Apollo’s Fire: the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra she can be heard as cellist and violist da gamba on nearly a dozen of that ensemble’s recordings.

A Painted Tale: Nicholas Phan, tenor; viola da gamba AVIE

Among Rosebuds: Music for Viola da Gamba Solo, with Theorbo and with Voice, Centaur

J.S. Bach Flute Sonatas: Sonata from the “Musical Offering”,  Joshua Smith, flute; Jory Vinikour, harpsichord; Allison Edberg, baroque violin; baroque cello Delos

Chris Norman: the Man with the Wooden Flute, viola da gamba, Dorian

French Baroque Viol Technique, John Hsu and the Viola da Gamba Society of America, (Video - VdGSA)

The Soulful Bach and Telemann, Olde Friends Concert Artists, baroque cello, Centaur

Thy Hand Hast Done All This: Judith and Other Works of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, Cecilia’s Circle, viola da gamba, Centaur

Veracini: The Recorder Sonatas (1716), La Tempesta di Mare, baroque cello, PGM

Watkin’s Ale, The Baltimore Consort, viola da gamba, Dorian

Weiss Concertos for Lute and Chamber Ensembles, La Tempesta di Mare, viola da gamba, Chandos

12 cantatas by Rosanna Scalfi Marcello with counter-tenor Darryl Taylor, harpsichordist Jory Vinkour, Deborah Fox, theorbo;
baroque cello, Naxos

With Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra

J.S. Bach - The Brandenburg Concertos (viol and cello);

                    The St. John Passion (viol and cello), Eclectra

G.F. Handel - Messiah (cello), NPR

Monteverdi - L’Orfeo (viol);

                      Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610) (viol), Eclectra

Mozart - Piano Concertos, No. 20 in D minor, K.466; No. 23 in A major, K.48;

                Requiem, KOCH;

                Symphonies 35 in D, K.385 (Haffner) and 41 in C, K.551 (Jupiter);

Christmas Vespers: Music of Michael Praetorius, (cello) KOCH

Don Quixote: Concertos and Suites by Telemann, (cello) Eclectra

Vivaldi and Friends, Concertos for Four Violins & Four Harpsichords; Concerto
“Tango” in d minor for Two Violas da Gamba (viol and cello), Eclectra