Donna Fournier
Viola da Gamba

Donna Fournier plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with Mélomanie, La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble, and Triomphe de l'Amour and has been a guest artist with various ensembles including Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, Brandywine Baroque, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Classical Symphony. The Philadelphia Inquirer acclaimed her solo work as "poised, soulful ... [and] played with particular depth." She specializes in repertoire from the French Baroque period as well as works for solo viola da gamba by J.S. Bach. Donna has recorded Buxtehude cantatas for PGM, Telemann trio sonatas for Lyrichord, Boismortier trio sonatas for A Casa Discos, Jaquet de La Guerre and Bousset cantatas for Plectra Music, and new music for Mélomanie on Meyer-Media. Her most recent recording is Sonata Circumdederunt Me for gamba and harpsichord, on the CD January by West Chester University composer Mark Rimple. 

Ismar Gomes

An award-winning cellist, Ismar has performed internationally as a chamber musician and soloist. Hailed for his “impressive virtuosity, energy, and a handsome tonal range...” (Berkshire Review), he has established himself as a captivating young artist, delivering exciting and innovative performances. Recent appearances have taken Ismar across the U.S., performing on a number of prestigious series. He has appeared at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Evolution Contemporary Music Series, String Fest, Le Petit Salon, Early Music at St. Mark’s and Old Town Hall Concerts and more. His recent collaborators include members of the Pittsburgh and Baltimore Symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as members of the Johannes and Brentano Quartets. Also in demand as an orchestral player, Ismar was the Baltimore Symphony’s Fellow for 2015-16, and is a member of both the Virginia Symphony and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

Kimberly Reighley
Baroque & Modern Flutes

Kimberly Reighley, baroque and modern flutes, is Professor of Flute at West Chester University. She is co-artistic director of Mélomanie. Kim is Principal Flute with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and OperaDelaware, and she plays piccolo with the Reading Symphony.She is a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Network for New Music, and in numerous theater productions in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Quintsylvania Winds, faculty woodwind quintet at West Chester University that this season will record new works written for them.She has been a guest artist with Pro Musica Rara and Le Triomphe de l’Amour and a soloist on baroque, modern, and alto flutes and piccolo at the Carmel Bach Festival, at National Flute Association Conventions, and with the Delaware and Reading Symphony Orchestras. She can be heard on the Lyrichord label performing works of Telemann with Mélomanie and in duos with Tom Moore. On the Meyer Media label she performs on Mélomanie’s Florescence (2011) and Excursions (2014) and on Mark Hagerty’s Forays (2012). In 2015, Kim was awarded the Masters Fellowship in Solo Recital, the Delaware Division of the Arts’ highest honor. In her Masters recital, she performed works written for her by national and international composers, including two World Pemieres by Chuck Holdeman and Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.

Tracy Richardson

Tracy Richardson, harpsichord, is co-artistic director and executive director of Mélomanie. She earned degrees in organ and music theory from the Oberlin and New England Conservatories before spending two years in Amsterdam as a special student in harpsichord at the Sweelinck Conservatorium, now Amsterdam Conservatory. She has worked with and premiered works of contemporary composers from around the world. In addition to playing solo recitals across the northeastern United States, The Netherlands, and Brazil, she has appeared as soloist with orchestras, playing concertos by Bach, Michael Haydn, Joseph Haydn, and Poulenc. Her most recent recording is Sonata Circumdederunt Me, a new work for gamba and harpsichord with gambist Donna Fournier, on January, a CD of works by Mark Rimple. She can be heard on the Lyrichord label with Mélomanie in quartets of Telemann, and on the Meyer Media label on Soliloquy (2011), performing the three Clavier Books of Mark Hagerty, and with Mélomanie on the CDs Florescence (2011) and Excursions (2014). Tracy is a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Christof Richter

Christof Richter, violins, obtained both a Bachelor and a Master degree in violin performance from the Peabody Institute where he studied with Charles Libove. After further studies at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, he participated in the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the New England Bach Festival, the Performance Institute at Oberlin and the Institut für Musik und Kirche in Bressanone, Italy. Based in Philadelphia, he performs with many of the early music ensembles of the east coast and teaches both in Philadelphia and Wilmington. Christof regularly returns to his native Colombia for chamber music performances and to run the Early Music Festival of Barichara, Colombia. He has been a member of Mélomanie since 2010 and performs on this group’s most recent CD, Excursions, in works commissioned by the ensemble.

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