The second installment of our “Section Feature” miniseries features cornettists Michael Collver and Chris Belluscio. Read on to find out more, and if you missed our first installment, click here to meet Dana and Joy, our Baroque violinists.
Upon finishing his degree at San Diego State University in 1975, Michael Collver continued his musical education in Switzerland at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with specialization in early vocal techniques and cornetto. Collaboration with the Schola has continued since then with residencies involving special projects, recordings, books, and research publications. Mr. Collver is a founding member of Project Ars Nova (P.A.N.), with which he has concertized extensively in Europe and the U.S, and has released six CD’s under the New Albion and Telarc International labels.
Michael Collver’s professional performances have also included solo work with Ensemble Sequentia of Cologne, the Empire Brass Quintet, Tafelmusik, Boston Baroque and the Boston Camerata. Many of these concerts have been augmented by recordings with, Telarc International, Erato, Deutsche EMI, and Harmonia Mundi. As an oratorio soloist he has performed with orchestras ranging from Aston Magna to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Early brass instrument specialist Christopher Belluscio’s insatiable passion for original instruments has lead to performances on Baroque trumpet, cornetto, keyed trumpet, keyed bugle, and English slide trumpet. He has worked with a wide variety of ensembles including The Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Cambridge Concentus, Rebel, The Arcadia Players, Emmanuel Music, The Coates Brass Band and the Newbury Cornet Band. He has also co-founded two ensembles: The Weckmann Project, an ensemble specializing in broken wind consort music of the 17th Century, and Grand Harmonie, which performs Late Classical and Romantic era music on period instruments. Christopher holds degrees from Boston University, The Hartt School, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.