Marianne Richert Pfau, director, is Professor of Music at the University of San Diego where she teaches music history and literature, produces international Early Music Festivals, and directs the ‘Angelus’ Sacred Early Music Concert Series.
As baroque oboist and recorder virtuoso, M. Pfau performs with American Bach Soloists, Jubilate Baroque Orchestra, and California Bach Society in San Francisco, with LA Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica and Corona del Mar Baroque Festival in Los Angeles, with Trinity Consort and Portland Baroque Orchestra in Oregon, Ensemble Rebel in New York, and San Diego Bach Collegium. She also appears with European Baroque ensembles Musica Alta Ripa, Hannover, Corona Musica, Kassel, and Cythara Ensemble, Hamburg. Reviewers have liked her “great tonal beauty” and “brilliant solo work” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “lovely close harmony” (Sacramento Bee), “nimble solo passages, expressive sighs” (LA Times-Orange County).
M. Pfau holds diplomas in historical wind instruments from the Musikhochschule Hamburg and in music therapy from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, and earned her Ph.D. in musicology at SUNY-Stony Brook. She has published a complete edition of Hildegard von Bingen's Symphonia (see scores), and has assisted the Kronos Quartet, Chanticleer, and Dawn Upshaw in their Hildegard renditions. Her monograph, with Stefan Morent, entitled Hildegard von Bingen: Der Klang des Himmels, Boehlau Verlag, 2005, has garnered enthusiastic reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, and is available in German (Boehlau). A 3-CD set of the “Isoryhthmic Motets of Machaut and Dufay” (1993) with Helga Weber of Hamburg, for which she served as musicological adviser, received much international acclaim.