Message from the Artistic Director
Welcome to the Early Music Studio of Saint John!
The Early Music Studio of Saint John seeks to enrich the cultural life of Saint John and New Brunswick by engaging the community in a variety of performance programs relating to the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Studio's programs include concerts and workshops scheduled throughout the year which give New Brunswick musicians the opportunity to develop their knowledge of 17th and 18th century music and performance practice through the preparation and performance of baroque and classical repertoire.
For detailed information on our programs, please explore our website. We look forward to sharing this wonderful music with you!
A graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Guildhall School of Music in London, harpsichordist, pianist and recorder player Tim Blackmore has received accolades in Canada and abroad as a musician “of undaunted enterprise, formidable technical powers and lyrical expressiveness” (London Daily Telegraph). He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Studio of Saint John and the Saint John Early Music Festival (presented annually from 2014 to 2022) and was a member (with lutenist Michel Cardin) of the La Tour Baroque Duo, whose recordings of baroque repertoire have garnered international critical acclaim. He has performed as a solo and chamber player throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and in major centres such as Toronto, Montreal, New York, Paris and London. In 2013 he was Musician-in-Residence at the Fortress of Louisbourg as part of the special events celebrating the fortress’s 300th anniversary. In 2014 he received the Originals Arts Award for his contributions to the cultural life of Saint John. He performs on an Italian-Flemish harpsichord made by Andrew Graham, a modern version of an 18th century square piano c.1780 and on copies of recorders by the celebrated 18th-century makers Peter Bressan and Englebert Terton.