Alek Fester, an Oboist Abroad
SPONSORED BY JUDITH WIEGAND
Oboist Alek Fester first performed with Staunton Music Festival as a Young Artist in 2007. Since then he has gone on to study at the famed Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, one of the world's most distinguished conservatories for specialists in early music. In this Perspective, Alek shows his collection of period oboes and discusses their expressive differences in performances from Bach to Schubert.
Oboist Alek Fester specializes in performing music from the Baroque through Romantic eras on historical oboes. Alek is much sought after for his interpretations of Bach and Classical-era works. He has lived in Basel, Switzerland since 2009 and is currently first oboist with Capriccio Barockorchester. Capriccio is one of the busiest period-instrument orchestras in Switzerland with over 30 projects a year ranging from small chamber music concerts to large symphony orchestra choral works. In 2014 he received his Masters degrees at the prestigious Schola Cantorum in Basel while studying with Katharina Arfken. Before moving to Europe he studied with Washington McClain at Indiana University and at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
Recorded in 2014, tenor soloist Owen McIntosh and oboist Alek Fester deliver a beautiful performance of a favorite Bach aria from the St Matthew Passion. Includes texts and translations.
Carsten Schmidt directs a period instrument performance of Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B Minor--the so-called "Unfinished" because Schubert did not complete more than the first two movements before his death. In HD with program notes.
Soprano Molly Quinn sings one of Bach's most powerful and touching vocal works, joined by Immanuel Davis (flute) with Alek Fester and Margaret Owens on historic oboe da caccia. Includes texts and translations.
From the festival's first performance of the St Matthew Passion, soprano Jessica Petrus and oboists Alek Fester and Margaret Owens present "Ich will dir mein Herze schenken." Includes texts and translations.
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