[SEATTLE, WA]—Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, is pleased to announce the winner of its EMA/Naxos Recording Competition: Wayward Sisters, a Baroque ensemble specializing in 17th-century music (www.waywardsisters.com).
Wayward Sisters includes Beth Wenstrom (baroque violin), Anna Steinhoff (baroque cello) and Anne Timberlake (recorders). Together with frequent collaborator John Lenti (lute and theorbo), Wayward Sisters has excited and inspired audiences with performances across the U.S. The Newberry Consort featured Wayward Sisters as Emerging Artists in their 2010-2011 concert season. Members of Wayward Sisters have studied historical performance at Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School, and have performed in such ensembles as Apollo's Fire, Ensemble Galilei, and Baroque Band. The name "Wayward Sisters" refers not only to Henry Purcell's vivid conjuring of Shakespeare's witches, but to the group members' scattered lives and continuing commitment to making music together.
Wayward Sisters was chosen as the competition winner by Klaus Heymann and his colleagues at Naxos. Said one of them “Wayward Sisters is captivating from beginning to end. I immediately know that I am listening to a living, breathing performance. I want to hear more of them because I want to know what else they have to say.”
The winner was chosen from five finalists selected by an independent panel of three judges, all distinguished early music performers, in July. Over 100 preliminary competition applications were submitted to EMA in February 2011. The purpose of the EMA/Naxos competition is to promote the career development of new and emerging early music ensembles, and the prize is a debut commercial CD recording, which will be produced and marketed by Naxos.
About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.