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 the age of sixteen and has appeared as both a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls worldwide. Born in Inverness, Scotland, into a musical family, Carol has performed as soloist with the Chicago Philharmonic, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra in Boston, Edinburgh Symphony, Guildhall Symphony, Cambridge Sinfonia, and Edinburgh Players and she also performed the Brahms Double Concerto alongside her brother Calum with the Edinburgh Symphony and the Grampian Orchestra.
Carol was appointed principal violist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra in 2013, having been a member of the orchestra since 2003. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with numerous international orchestras, including the highly acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra with whom she has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the US. She performs regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Carol has appeared at summer festivals in Banff, Verbier, Montreal, La Jolla, Chambermusic Northwest, Mimir Festival and Cactus Pear Festival in San Antonio. Carol was featured on the “Rising Star” series for two years running at the Caramoor International Festival in New York, and she performed with musicians such as Donald Weilerstein, Arnold Steinhardt and Claude Frank as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi. Carol is a former member of the Appalachia Waltz Trio with the Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor. The trio toured extensively throughout the US. and released its debut album, Crossing Bridges, to rave reviews in November ’04.
Cook holds degrees from The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory and Guildhall School and studied with David Takeno, Roland Vamos, Hsin-Yun Huang. She studied at the Verbier Academy in Switzerland for three summers with Yuri Bashmet, Paul Neubauer, and Roberto Diaz, and has also studied privately with Li-Kuo Chang.
When she is not playing her viola, Carol spends as much time as possible working on her golf game and also loves to go on adventures on her road bike.
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.