John Dornenburg is a San Francisco Bay Area performer, teacher, and recording artist on the viola da gamba. He has performed as soloist in the British Isles, the Netherlands, Turkey, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand, and across the U.S.A., including festival appearances at the Istanbul International Festival, Krakow Festival (Poland), York Early Music Festival (U.K.), Kilkenny Festival (Ireland), Melbourne International Festival (Australia), and Monadnock Festival (NH).
John is the director of the Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols, founder of the Baroque ensemble Music’s Recreation, and co-director of the Archetti Baroque String Ensemble. In the San Francisco area he can be heard regularly with the ensemble Magnificat, and on occasion with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Jubilate Orchestra, and many other groups. He has frequently performed the obbligato viol parts in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions with a wide variety of groups that include the San Francisco Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival, and the Oregon Bach Festival.
His latest two CD recordings feature virtuoso music for unaccompanied viol by composers including Telemann, Schenck, St. Colombe, Hume, Abel, Kühnel, Simpson, and others.