Called “one of the lights on early music’s international circuit” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Ingrid Matthews won first prize in the prestigious Erwin Bodky International Competition for Early Music in 1989 before co-founding the Seattle Baroque Orchestra in 1994; she served as its Music Director until 2013. She has performed around the world with many of today’s leading early music ensembles, appearing as a soloist with the New York Collegium, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), the Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), Ars Lyrica (Houston), and many others. Matthews has won high critical acclaim for her extensive discography; her recording of the Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach has been named top recommendation by both American Record Guide and Third Ear’s Classical Music Listening Companion. She has taught at Indiana University, the University of Toronto, USC/LA, and the Cornish College of the Arts, and given masterclasses from Seattle and Boston to Beijing and Dubai. She also plays jazz and swing styles, and is active as a visual artist.