2020 Festival Artists

Adriaan Hoek

Concert organist Adriaan Hoek is the inaugural winner of the Yuko Hayashi Memorial First Prize in the Boston Bach International Organ Competition, held in 2018. He acquired his Master of Music degree summa cum laude at the Conservatory of Rotterdam as a student of Ben van Oosten, Bas de Vroome, Aart Bergwerff, and Hayo Boerema. He has also studied piano, music theory, church music and improvisation. In 2018 he finished his diploma Konzertexam at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with the highest degree, tutored by Pieter van Dijk and Wolfgang Zerer. Adriaan was awarded seven first prizes in competitions at Korschenbroich, Alkmaar, Lübeck, Breda, Wiesbaden, Treviso, Boston, and Innsbruck. In 2016 and 2018 he was named the “young ECHO organist of the year,” by which title he performs concerts in Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Scotland, and the USA.

The Great Necks Guitar Trio

The Great Necks Guitar Trio has enchanted audiences across the US with its whimsical, interactive, and daring performances. Founded by guitarists Scott Borg, Adam Levin, and Matthew Rohde, the trio, through its original madcap arrangements, stretches at the conventions — and at times, the physical limits — of the guitar with what American Record Guide calls “some of the most inventive artistry you are likely to find in today’s guitar world.” The trio’s debut album, Original Arrangements for Three Guitars, released in November 2018 on the Frameworks/Sony label, reached the top 10 in the Traditional Classical Billboard charts. Praised as “supremely satisfying and original…a wonder to behold” (Classical Guitar Magazine) the album is an exuberant romp through several centuries of orchestral and keyboard repertoire. Recent and upcoming concert appearances by The Great Necks include Austin Classical Guitar, Boston Classical Guitar Society, New Mexico Guitar Festival, Troy University Guitar Festival, “Sunday Chatter,” The Austonian, Colorado State University, Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival, University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival, Trinity-By-The-Cove, the Knoxville Guitar Society, and the Aguado Guitar Series.

Brandenberg Concertos & Bach Cantatas

Scott Youngs, Arizona Bach Festival Artistic Director, Conductor

Scott Youngs is the artistic director of the Arizona Bach Festival.  He was the founder of “American Bach” which, after its planned seven-year run, became the Arizona Bach Festival.  In its earlier version, the series presented more than fifty of Bach’s cantatas, as well as The Passion According to St. John, the St. Matthew Passion, the Christmas Oratorio, and the Easter Oratorio.  In its newer incarnation, it has become an international festival inviting musicians to the Southwest from Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia.  In addition to his Bach Festival duties, Scott is a guest conductor with MidAmerica Concerts, conducting in New York at Carnegie Hall, and in Prague, Czech Republic.  After 30 years of service, he retired in 2017 as Director of Music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Phoenix (a primary host of the Arizona Bach Festival).

Stephen Redfield, who has served as Concertmaster of the Arizona Bach Festival since its inception, has been Professor of Violin at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music since 1996.  He spent 2011-12 on leave as Chair of the Music Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, where he is also concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica.  Each summer since 1992, Stephen has performed with the Victoria Bach Festival, where his performances as concertmaster and soloist have been produced on discs and broadcast nationally.  He is a long-standing participant in the Oregon Bach Festival, often featured as concertmaster and in chamber music, and where he has participated in numerous recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning disc Credo.  Stephen performs regularly as a Baroque violinist with the Albuquerque Baroque Players, and with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.  Stephen’s Baroque chamber music credits include concerts with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Newberry Consort, with such artists as Marion Verbruggen, Mary Springfels, Elizabeth Blumenstock, and Kenneth Slowik.

Featured Soloists for the Concertos and Cantatas Concert

Bach in Brass

The ASU Faculty Brass Quintet

Reformed in 2019 after a long hiatus, the ASU Faculty Brass Quintet is quickly becoming a leading brass chamber group in the Southwest. Bringing a wealth of prior quintet performing experience, current group members are ASU brass faculty Josef Burgstaller trumpet, John Ericson, horn, Brad Edwards, trombone, and Deanna Swoboda, tuba, who are joined by Doctoral student Buddy Deshler, trumpet.

Phoenix Brass Collective

Formed in 2018, Phoenix Brass Collective is comprised of professional brass musicians in the Phoenix community. The players strive to uplift audiences through sizzling brass ensemble performance while also aiming to inspire young musicians through educational outreach and promote new compositions and arrangements for large brass ensemble.

Phoenix Brass Collective