Grand Cru Bios

Kim Pineda has performed on historical flutes and recorders, and as a conductor throughout the U.S., Canada, in Israel, and on NPR. Founder and music director of Grand Cru Baroque, he performs regularly with leading early music ensembles in the U.S. He has performed at the Boston, Berkeley, Long Beach Bach, and Bloomington early music festivals, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, and has recorded on the Focus, Centaur, and Origin Classical labels. Kim received the PhD in Musicology from the University of Oregon, the Master of Music degree from Washington University, St. Louis, and the Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Northridge. Dr. Pineda is currently the chair of the social studies department at Española Valley High School, where he teaches AP World History, AP US History, US Government and Economics, and is one of the faculty sponsors of the school’s Farm to Table Club. He previously taught at Sam Houston State University, Texas Tech University, the University of Oregon, Indiana University, USC, North Seattle Community College, at workshops sponsored by the San Francisco and San Diego early music societies and the Seattle Recorder Society, co-directed the Flute Extremes workshop with Molly Barth, and for 15 years directed Baroque Northwest’s Baroque Flute Boot Camp. Other interests include the culinary and healing arts, cycling, resistance training, and the pursuit of the ultimate cadence. In his spare time he reads non-fiction and writes for The Fugal Gourmet food blog. Learn more about Dr. Pineda from his website and at his YouTube channel

As a performer on lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar, August Denhard has appeared Baroque Northwest, Seattle Baroque, the Concord Ensemble, Chicago Music of the Baroque, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Camarata Pacifica Baroque, and many other ensembles specializing in early music. Mr. Denhard has given numerous solo recitals and is in demand as an accompanist of 17th century vocal music. He performs regularly in a lute song duo with tenor Eric Mentzel, and in duo with the Turkish udist/composer, Munir Nurettin Beken. Starting in 1995 he had a leadership role in the Bloomington Early Music Festival, working first as education director, then as opera producer and assistant director of the festival. He was appointed executive director of the Early Music Guild of Seattle, Washington, in 2000, and was instrumental in the founding of the Guild’s baroque opera program, producing and/or performing in The Monteverdi Chamber Operas (2002), John Blow’s Venus and Adonis (2005), Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (2007), Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (2009), and A Day on the Town, A Night in Hell (2011). Mr. Denhard has taught early music at St. Xavier University in Chicago, the Interlochen Summer Music Camp, the Indiana University Summer Recorder Academy, and has lectured at the Lute Society of America Seminar. In 2011 he joined the faculty of the Ars Vocalis Mexico summer vocal workshop held in Zamora and Morelia. He holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern University, and completed his Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in May of 2006. His dissertation, “Lute Realizations for the English Cavalier Songs (1630-1670): A Guide for Performers,” has been published on line by the Lute Society of America. Dr. Denhard is a three-time recipient of the Artist Support Grant from Jack Straw Productions in Seattle and has released two CDs, Cusp of the Baroque for solo lute, and A Meeting Place: Medieval and Renaissance Music for Lute and Ud on the Sono Luminus label. A third CD with tenor Eric Mentzel is in progress. Watch Gus on YouTube

Guest Bios

Here is an alphabetical list of our regular and recent guest artists. 
Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba, pardessus de viole
Julia Brownharpsichord
Elinor Frey, Baroque cello

Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano

Jeffrey Smith, Baroque violin & viola
Hideki Yamaya, Baroque guitar, theorbo, mandora, mandolino, lute