About the Artist
Taking its name from the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo's Fire is dedicated to the performance of 17th- and 18th-century music on the period instruments for which it was written. The ensemble unites a select pool of renowned early music specialists from throughout North America and Europe. Apollo's Fire was founded in 1992 by Jeannette Sorrell, with the assistance of Roger Wright, then Artistic Administrator of the Cleveland Orchestra (now with the BBC). The orchestra received a startup grant from the Cleveland Foundation in 1992. Since then, Apollo's Fire has performed in Toronto, Washington D.C., Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Columbus, Detroit, Pittsburgh, with the American Bach Project in Milwaukee, at the New World Symphony's Baroque Festival in Miami, the Gilmore International Festival in Michigan, the Ojai Festival in California, the Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Apollo's Fire is frequently broadcast on National Public Radio and can also be heard on Britain's BBC, Canada's CBC, European Community Radio, and in Northeast Ohio on WCLV and WKSU. Apollo's Fire has been featured on several national holiday broadcasts on NPR as well as NPR's World of Opera and SymphonyCast. In addition, Apollo's Fire collaborates with Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music to provide direction for the Case/CIM Baroque Orchestra. Apollo's Fire has received international critical acclaim for its six recordings on the Canadian label Eclectra. Now recording for Koch International Classics, the orchestra's recent releases include Don Quixote (Telemann Suites and Concertos), Mozart symphonies and piano concertos, Scarborough Fayre, and a re-issue of the popular Noels and Carols disc. Together with Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo's Fire received the 1995 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society, given for an outstanding project involving the collaboration of scholars and performers, and the 1998 Northern Ohio Live Achievement Award for Classical Music.