- "Matthews' energy, propulsion and amazing, quicksilver ornaments drew the ear… exciting, furious and exuberant."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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- "Matthews sustained a clear, rich tone while surmounting the relentless virtuosic challenges with dexterous brilliance. ... [her] solos in the concerto exhibited a winning mix of flamboyance and subtlety."
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Violinist Ingrid Matthews is the Music Director of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and one of today's most respected exponents of her instrument. She won first prize in the Erwin Bodky International Competition for Early Music in 1989, and in 1990 joined Toronto's esteemed baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, with whom she performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 1994 she founded the Seattle Baroque Orchestra inn 1994 with then-harpsichordist (now pianist) Byron Schenkman. Schenkman and Matthews also work intensively as a duo. Both were founding members of the chamber ensemble La Luna, whose three CDs and dozens of performances met with rave reviews between 1995 and 2002.
Matthews' career as a chamber musician has taken her to such venues as the Frick Collection (New York), the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Festival, Netwoork voor Oude Muziek (the Netherlands), the Getty Center (Los Angeles), the Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque Society, Early Music Vancouver, Woodstock Concerts, the Cambridge Society for Early Music, the Newberry Library (Chicago), CBC-Toronto, the San Francisco Early Music Society, and the Library of Congress, among many others.
Ingrid Matthews has served as concertmaster for orchestras such as the New York Collegium, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and Musica Angelica (Los Angeles); and has appeared as a guest director and soloist with many others including the New York Collegium, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Magnolia Baroque Festival Orchestra (Winston-Salem, NC), New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), the Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), Les Idees Heureuses (Montreal), the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and the Victoria Symphony.
One of the most-recorded baroque violinists of her generation, Matthews has won international critical acclaim for a discography which ranges from the earliest solo violin repertoire through the great Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach. Of the latter recording, the critic for American Record Guide writes "this superb recording is my top recommendation for this music… on either modern or period instruments."
Ingrid Matthews has served on the faculties of the University of Toronto, the University of Washington, Indiana University, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and Amherst Early Music; and has given master classes in baroque repertoire and style at numerous colleges and universities. She is currently on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Ingrid Matthews is a graduate of Indiana University, where she studied with Josef Gingold and Stanley Ritchie.
Ingrid Matthews is also known as Ingrid Matthews Olson. A passionate life-long interest in the visual arts has led her to amass an eclectic training in various techniques, and her paintings have occasionally been seen in public.