Calum Cook, cello, was born in Inverness, Scotland, and recently moved to the U.S. to take up his new appointment as principal cello with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Calum studied at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey before winning a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. Whilst attending the Royal College of Music, Calum won both the Helen Just prize and the Wills Gordon prize for cello.
Calum has given numerous concerts both at home and abroad. Notable performances include a solo recital at the Kronberg Festival in Germany as well as chamber music appearances in London at Fairfield Halls and Wigmore Hall, and in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival. In addition to making his concerto debut at the age of 15, Calum has also given concerto performances throughout the U.K. with the Cardiff Bay Chamber Orchestra in Wales and recently with the St. Aldhelm’s Symphony Orchestra and the Dorset County Orchestra.
For ten years Calum held the position of sub-principal cello in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and during his time there he also worked as a guest and often guest principal with many prominent orchestras in the U.K., including the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of Opera North, Scottish Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Welsh National Opera. He also appeared regularly as a member of Kokoro, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble.
Carol Cook, viola, made her concerto debut at age 16 and has since appeared in concert halls worldwide as both a soloist and chamber musician. Carol was recently appointed principal violist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and performs frequently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Carol has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Appalachia Waltz Trio with Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor.
Carol holds a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School and an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory.
A native of Scotland, Carol is also an accomplished Scottish fiddler. When Carol is not playing viola she can be found at Cantigny Golf course where she loves to play golf and work on becoming a scratch golfer.
John Macfarlane, violin, is currently assistant principal second violin of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Grant Park Music Festival, IRIS Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestras, and served as the first violinist of the Eykamp String Quartet. He has served as Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and as guest concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin from Northwestern University and a Master of Music in Violin from the University of Maryland. John lives in Chicago with his wife, violinist Karyn Macfarlane, and their three children.
Robert Morgan, oboe, is the solo English horn and Assistant Principal Oboist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra. He is a founding member of Rembrandt Chamber Players and is Principal oboist of Music of the Baroque.
An active teacher as well as performer, Mr. Morgan is on the faculty of Northwestern University Bienen School of Music as Senior Lecturer in Oboe Performance and Chamber Music and maintains a private studio. For over 20 years Mr. Morgan also served on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music.
Mr. Morgan has been the featured soloist with Music of the Baroque on numerous occasions, performing concertos of Vivaldi, Bach, and Mozart, and has been the soloist with other area organizations in concertos of Vaughn Williams and Strauss. Mr. Morgan performed the Chicago premiere of Joan Tower’s “Island Prelude” and the world premiere of the Jon Polifrone “Oboe Concerto” with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. He was Principal Oboe of the Carmel Festival Orchestra for three summers where he also appeared as a soloist and performed as acting Associate Principal Oboe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, acting Assistant Principal Oboist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia for the entire summer of 1994. He has performed under these noted conductors: Igor Stravinsky, Carlo Maria Giulini, Erich Leinsdorf, Sir Georg Solti Zubin Mehta, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Andrew Davis, and many others. He has also performed with the Guarnieri Quartet.
An avid supporter of new music, Mr. Morgan has commissioned and performed works by David Schrader, Howard Levy, Jon Polifrone, and Ilja Hurnik. He is a graduate of Indiana University where he received the coveted Performers Certificate. He has studied with Jerry Sirucek, Ray Still, Marc Lifschey, and John Mack.
Sandra Morgan, flute, is a graduate of Northwestern University where she studied with Walfrid Kujala. She also studied extensively with Murray Panitz, former Principal Flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Rembrandt Chamber Players and serves as the Artistic Director and Educational Coordinator. Ms. Morgan has been a member of the orchestra of Music of the Baroque for over 30 years and has appeared as a soloist with them on several occasions. She was a member of the Ars Viva Orchestra for over 20 years and is an active performer in the Chicago area. She has appeared as soloist on several occasions with Bach Week in Evanston and the Chicago String Ensemble. She has recorded on the Cedille label. She has performed under Dennis Russell Davies, Hugh Wolff, Leonard Slatkin, Otto Werner Mueller, amongst others. Before returning to the Chicago area, she was a member of the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra. In addition she maintains a private flute studio and coaches chamber music.
Collins Trier, double bass, has been a member of the Lyric Opera Orchestra since 1980. He serves as Principal Bass of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago, Present Music, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Rembrandt Chamber Players, Bach Week of Evanston, and Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble. He is also very active as a studio musician, performing music for commercials and for a wide array of albums. Mr. Trier also specializes in pop and folk music and has toured with numerous Broadway productions. He has recently recorded a CD of his own music called “RAIN”, on Northport Records. It features Mr. Trier playing the hammered dulcimer, and is now available at local record stores. Mr Trier has performed with Earth Wind and Fire, Amy Grant, Peter Cetera, Deep Purple, Yes, Andrea Bocelli, and played double bass on the hit single, “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins.
Jeannie Yu, piano, a native of Korea, is an award-winning pianist. Her honors include first prize in the Frinna Awerbuch Piano Competition in New York, and first prize in the Kingsville Piano Competition in Texas. She also earned the prestigious Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship Award, a full scholarship to The Juilliard School of Music for both the bachelor and master’s degree programs.
Yu has performed as a soloist with the Portland Symphony in Maine, the Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, the Flint Symphony in Michigan, the Des Moines Brandenburg Ensemble, the Des Moines Symphony, and most recently with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in China. She is in great demand as a chamber musician and soloist in the greater New York and Chicago areas, and has appeared with the Rembrandt Chamber Players and on Robert Sherman’s Young Artist Showcase on WQXR in New York and WOI radio in Des Moines, Iowa. Yu performs regularly with her husband cellist Stefan Kartman in the Florestan Duo.
She has taught at the Alfred Summer Chamber Institute in New York, the Drake University Community School of Music, the Mid-America Summer Chamber Music Institute at Ohio Wesleyan University, the Milwaukee Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Troy Public Library Chamber Music Institute in Michigan, and the Wisconsin Conservatory.
She has studied with Ruth V. Sitjar, Martin Canin, Susan Starr, Ilana Vered, and Ann Schein. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Institute of Music.