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Anastasia Abu Bakar

Anastasia Abu Bakar

Anastasia Abu Bakar,
Adjunct Instructor of Harpsichord, Director of Early Music Ensemble
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School of Music

Biography

Harpsichordist Anastasia Abu Bakar studied at the conservatories of Freiburg, Florence, and Frankfurt, where her mentors included Robert Hill, Alfonso Fedi, and Eva Maria Pollerus, also working closely with Jesper Christensen. She has appeared as soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Janus Ensemble Freiburg, and various period-instrument ensembles; given recitals at venues including the Museo San Marco (Florence), the Florentine “Notte Bianca” Festival, and Schloss Bad Krozingen; and participated as soloist in a CD project produced by the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Paul Hindemith's death.

As chamber musician she has collaborated with principals or leaders of such ensembles as the Freiburger Barockorchester, the EU Baroque Orchestra, La Stagione Frankfurt, and the Cölner Barockorchester as well as faculty of institutions including the Longy School of Music and the conservatories of Amsterdam, Freiburg, and Frankfurt. She also performs regularly with (baroque) violinist Benjamin Shute as the Highlands Duo, with whom she has performed at institutions including Dickinson College, the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Oklahoma Baptist University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and the Music School of Delaware. In addition to recitals of baroque repertoire, the duo has premiered original reconstructions of J. S. Bach’s lost D-minor violin concerto (BWV 1052R) and incompletely surviving D Major sinfonia (BWV 1045) as well as new music for violin and harpsichord. Orchestral continuo experience includes opera/oratorio performances for the Rheingau Musik Festival and Schlossfestspiele Marburg as well as collaborations with the Janus Ensemble Freiburg, TACTUS (Oklahoma City), and the Oklahoma Virtuosi.

A specialist in the various national styles of basso continuo, her publications include historically informed continuo realizations for Blavet’s six Sonatas mêlées de pièces, Op. 2; J. S. Bach’s D-major sinfonia, BWV 1045; and Bach’s youthful G-minor fugue for violin and continuo, BWV 1026.

Contact Information

Room FA318
Fine Arts Building
Oklahoma City, OK 73106