Baroque & Modern Flutes
Kimberly Reighley, baroque and modern flutes, is Professor of Flute at West Chester University. She is co-artistic director of Mélomanie. Kim is Principal Flute with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony Princeton Opera Orchestra, and OperaDelaware. She is a member of the Quintsylvania Winds, faculty woodwind quintet at West Chester University whose new CD of American Wind Quintets will be released in 2020. She has been a guest artist with Pro Musica Rara and Le Triomphe de l’Amour and a soloist on baroque, modern, and alto flutes and piccolo at the Carmel Bach Festival, at National Flute Association Conventions, and with the Delaware, Bay Atlantic, Delaware County and Reading Symphony Orchestras. She is a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Network for New Music, and in numerous theater productions in Philadelphia. She can be heard on the Lyrichord label performing works of Telemann with Mélomanie and in duos with Tom Moore. On the Meyer Media label she performs on Mélomanie’s Florescence (2011) and Excursions (2014) and on Mark Hagerty’s Forays (2012). In 2015, Kim was awarded the Masters Fellowship in Solo Recital, the Delaware Division of the Arts’ highest honor. Reviews of her performances note: her “technique was dazzling, her playing sheer joy.”
Tracy Richardson, harpsichord, is co-artistic director and executive director of Mélomanie. In addition to solo recitals and concerto performances with numerous orchestras, she has worked with contemporary composers from around the world. Her 15-year collaboration with the late Brazilian composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira resulted in an extensive exchange of music between the US and Brazil, many new works, and Mélomanie’s concert in Rio de Janeiro. In her 30-year collaboration with composer Mark Hagerty, he composed three Clavier Books for her, published by Subito (with Tracy as editor) and recorded on the Meyer Media label in Mark’s double CD Soliloquy (2011). Tracy can be heard on the Lyrichord label with Mélomanie in quartets of Telemann, and on the Meyer Media label with Mélomanie on Florescence (2011) and Excursions (2014), featuring works written for the ensemble. She is currently at work on two recordings: duos written for her and flutist Kimberly Reighley, and Ultraviolet, with works written for the ensemble. She is a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by the Delaware Division of the Arts.
Viola da Gamba
Donna Fournier plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with Mélomanie, Brandywine Baroque, La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble, and The Sylvan Consort of Viols, and has been a guest artist with such groups as the Gamut Bach Ensemble, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Classical Symphony. The Philadelphia Inquirer acclaimed her solo work as “poised, soulful … [and] played with particular depth.” Donna has recorded Buxtehude cantatas for PGM, Telemann trio sonatas for Lyrichord, Boismortier trio sonatas for A Casa Discos, Jaquet de La Guerre and Bousset cantatas for Plectra Music, and new music for baroque ensemble for Meyer Media and Furious Artisans.
Dr. Ismar Gomes is a chamber musician, recitalist and orchestral player. Recent performance highlights include recitals as a member of Duo Sorolla on distinguished concert series across the United States, as well as collaborations with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Emerson, and the Johannes Quartets. He is a member of the Virginia and Richmond Symphonies and frequently performs with the Charleston and Baltimore Symphonies. As a baroque cellist, Dr. Gomes has performed with many ensembles and is a member of Melomanie, a group that pairs early music on period instruments with contemporary classical music. Many leading composers have recently written works for Dr. Gomes, including Aaron Malone, James Lee III, William Weigel, Mark Hagerty, and Larry Nelson, while he has also worked with George Walker, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Marc Neikrug.
Dr. Gomes previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at Luther College and currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello at Gettysburg College, and he has presented masterclasses at many institutions including Georgetown, Towson, and Duke Universities. Past faculty appointments include the Cleveland Institute of Music Summer Chamber Music Festival, StringFest at Merkin Hall, the Performing Arts Institute, and the Three Bridges Festival. Ismar attended the Peabody Conservatory, studying with Alison Wells and Amit Peled. Previous teachers include Marc Johnson and Clive Greensmith of the Vermeer and Tokyo Quartets. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Colin Carr.
Christof Richter, violins, obtained both a Bachelor and a Master degree in violin performance from the Peabody Institute where he studied with Charles Libove. After further studies at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, he participated in the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the New England Bach Festival, the Performance Institute at Oberlin and the Institut für Musik und Kirche in Bressanone, Italy. Based in Philadelphia, he performs with many of the early music ensembles of the east coast and teaches both in Philadelphia and Wilmington. Christof regularly returns to his native Colombia for chamber music performances and to run the Early Music Festival of Barichara, Colombia. He has been a member of Mélomanie since 2010 and performs on this group’s most recent CD, Excursions, in works commissioned by the ensemble.