Silvius Leopold Weiss at the Salish Sea Music Festival

  • Fri Jun 8th, 2018 1:19pm
  • Life

Submitted by the Salish Sea Music Festival

In “Silvius Leopold Weiss,” the final performance of the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Grace Church, baroque lutenist Oleg TImofeyev from Iowa City, Iowa, and Jeffrey Cohan, on the one-keyed baroque flute, will play reconstructions of music by Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750), the most prolific and highly esteemed lutenist of the baroque who rivaled Johann Sebastian Bach in improvisational skill and worked for more than three decades at the court of the Elector of Saxony in Dresden with flute virtuoso Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin (1689-1768). Although he wrote much music for obbligato, or fully written out, lute and flute, the flute part has unfortunately been lost but has been reconstructed for this performance. The program will also include music for obbligato lute and flute by Ernst Gottlieb Baron (1696-1760) and Friedrich Wilhelm Rust (1739-1796).

Admission will be by freewill offering or suggested donation of $15, $20 or $25 with attendees 18 and under free. For more information, visit

Originally from Moscow and now living in Iowa City, Timofeyev holds an M.A. in early music performance from the University of Southern California (1993), and a Ph.D. in performance practice from Duke University (1999). He taught himself to play the guitar as a child, supervised by his mother (a professional cellist) and his grandmother (an excellent pianist). From 1981 until 1983, Mr. Timofeyev took guitar lessons from Kamil Frauchi, the most influential guitar teacher in Moscow of the time and the father of the internationally-known guitarist Alexandr Frauchi. Since 1983, Oleg Timofeyev has been performing early music on lute and guitar. In 1989 this interest brought him to the U.S. where he studied with Patrick 0’Brien, James Tyler, and Hopkinson Smith.

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is proud to be a new affiliate organization of Early Music America, which develops, strengthens, and celebrates early music and historically informed performance in North America.

For the eighth year, the festival features some of the finest period instrument specialists from North America and Europe, presenting seven contrasting performances in Seattle and all around the Salish Sea of chamber music from the Renaissance through the time of Beethoven on period instruments. The festival has presented countless first performances in modern times of period instrument renditions of early works.