Annabeth Shirley

  •  began her cello studies at age nine, in her hometown of Salem, OR.  During her bachelors studies in modern cello performance and biology at the University of Michigan, she discovered the world of historically-informed performance.  In addition to her studies with Anthony Elliott, she began baroque cello studies with Enid Sutherland and Edward Parmentier in Ann Arbor in 2011, both of whom inspired her to travel to the Netherlands in 2012 for further study.  She completed her bachelors degree in baroque cello at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2013 and her masters degree in 2015, both under the guidance of Lucia Swarts.  

  • During her studies in The Hague she had the opportunity to play in masterclasses and lessons by Hidemi Suzuki, Jaap ter Linden, Bruno Cocset, Cristophe Coin, and Anner Bijlsma, and in projects directed by Barthold Kuijen, Patrick Ayrton, Fabio Bonizzoni, Enrico Gatti, and Kati Debretzeni.  More recently, she has worked with directors Jos van Veldhoven, Vladimir Jurowski, Maggie Faultless, and Leonardo García Alarcón. She has performed with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging in their 2016 St. Matthew Passion tour, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, as a member of the 2015 Baroque Orchestre Français des Jeunes, and as a fringe artist in the Utrecht Oudemuziek Festival. She plays a cello of unknown, most likely French origin from about 1830.

  • Annabeth currently resides in Portland, OR while still maintaining musical connections in Europe.  When not playing cello, she can be found taking class at the ballet studio, hiking, or capturing images of the natural world with her camera.

Annabeth Shirley also was inspiring in this piece, drawing depth from her basso continuo line and providing a strong foundation for the duet happening above her.

Alison Kaufman
Reporter, Register-Guard, Eugene, OR
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