History

Byron Schenkman & Friends is a “wide-ranging and imaginatively conceived concert series” (Seattle Times) founded in 2013 to bring new light to Baroque and Classical chamber music at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and beyond.

In addition to an annual six-concert series in Seattle, BS&F has been presented by the Anacortes Arts Foundation, Camerata Musica (Richland, WA), Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria, BC) and Early Music Vancouver.  BS&F has also collaborated with the Portland Baroque Orchestra to present chamber music concerts in Portland, Seattle, Mount Vernon, and New York.
 
In 2020, responding to the global pandemic, BS&F launched a digital concert series, featuring exquisitely filmed performances available at no cost on the Byron Schenkman & Friends YouTube channel. 
Each concert by Byron Schenkman & Friends revolves around a particular theme, often exploring relationships of composers to each other and to their times.  Familiar composers and works are juxtaposed with more surprising discoveries, including music by women such as Isabella Leonarda, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Clara Schumann, Florence Beatrice Price, and Margaret Bonds.
 

 

 

BS&F has published three CDs: 


The Art of the Harpsichord
, featuring Byron Schenkman performing on eight antique harpsichords from the National Music Museum, has been called “an essential acquisition” by Fanfare Magazine.

Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti has been praised in Early Music Review (UK) for Schenkman’s “exemplary” playing: “In a very crowded field, this Scarlatti recording sticks out for the intelligence and bravura of the playing and the chance to hear four outstanding period instruments in top condition.”

 
Chamber Music of Clara Schumann, featuring violinist Jesse Irons, cellist Kate Bennett Wadsworth, and pianist Byron Schenkman, was described as “an hour of unmitigated pleasure” by Brian Clark in Early Music Review (UK). D. James Ross wrote in the same journal that “there is an engaging freshness about these performances, with a particularly evocative sound coming from Byron Schenkman’s 1875 Streicher piano.””
 

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