The Valencia Baryton Project was formed by Matthew Baker (baryton), Estevan de Almeida Reis (viola) and Alex Friedhoff (cello). Their vision is to perform the nearly 160 works written by Franz Joseph Haydn and others, both modern and classical, many of which feature the traditional baryton trio. A little-known instrument with 10 resonating strings down its back, the baryton has been referred to as the pinnacle of aristocratic instruments of the Classical era. It was beloved by Haydn, who composed more than 100 works of outstanding beauty, highlighting its rich timbre.
Matthew Baker (baryton), one of only a handful of baryton performers in the world, began his musical career as a double bassist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra was later introduced to the baryton. He is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music, Valencia (Spain) and a permanent member and double bassist of the opera orchestra of Valencia, the Palau de les Arts.
Alexander Friedhoff (cello) began his cello studies with his father and, later, went on to study under Janos Starker and Lynn Harrell at Indiana and Rice University. As a member of the Trío Vanguardia, he won the First Prize in the Second International Antón García Abril Chamber Music Competition. After serving as Principal Cello of the Granada City Orchestra for two seasons, he was appointed a member of the Valencia Palau de les Arts Orchestra.
Born in Brazil, Estevan Reis (viola) studied in France, Denmark and Brazil. He played with the Opera of Roi de Janeiro and the Orquesta Petrobas Sinfonica. Beyond his orchestral work, Estevan was a member of the prestigious string quartet, Cuarteto Radames Gnattali, which specializes in contemporary Brazilian music. Reis worked with the Palau de les Arts (Valencia) prior to accepting a position with the Orchestre Opera Nationale de Montpellier, France.
This program is free of cost for NMM Members!
If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate, please contact Disability Services at least 48 hours before an event. Students and the public can contact Disability Services at 605-658-3745 or email@example.com. Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources at 605-658-3660.