Margriet Tindemans is the 2014 recipient of the Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach. The Laurette Goldberg Award is named for Laurette Goldberg, a teacher, performer, author and founder of musical enterprises in the San Francisco Bay area. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults by ensembles and individual artists.
Margriet Tindemans has performed, recorded, and taught early music on four continents. A 2005 Grammy Nominee, she was named “Best asset to Seattle’s Classical Music scene” in the Seattle Weekly’s 2004 ‘Best of Seattle’ issue. She has been called a rare combination of charismatic performing and inspiring teaching, a scholar with a profound knowledge of music, poetry and art of the Middle Ages – “a national treasure”. As a student of Wieland Kuyken at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels she was awarded the Prix d'Excellence with honor in 1979.
Margriet was a founding member of the Huelgas Ensemble of Belgium, which was one of the prize winners at the first International Recorder Ensemble Competition in Bruges in 1972. She then was one of the founders of the German ensemble Sequentia, with which she toured all over the world and made numerous recordings from 1977 through 1987. After relocating to the Unted States in 1986, as a player of early stringed instruments, from the medieval fiddle and rebec to baroque viola and viola da gamba, she performed and recorded with many of the world’s finest early music ensembles, including King’s Noyse, Tragicomedia, Medieval Strings, The Boston Festival Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Musicworks, the Folger Consort, the Newberry Consort, and other leading early music ensembles. She has performed with both the Seattle Opera and the National Dutch Opera in Amsterdam.
She has taught at the University of Washington and at Cornish College of the Arts, and was a professor at the Lemmens Institute Leuven, and the conservatories of Antwerp, Maastricht and Tilburg. Ms. Tindemans has done residencies at Case Western, University of Indiana, Longy School of Music, Stanford University, University of California at Santa Barbara and Berkeley.
In addition to maintaining a busy private studio she is a much sought after director and teacher at many workshops, including the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop, the Pacific Northwest Viols Workshop and the Accademia d’Amore. Margriet works closely with the Northwest Puppet Center, for whom she has arranged and directed many operas, including The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni.
"Reaching out" describes Margriet Tindemans’ approach to early music to a T, in her various roles as performer, teacher, choir director, and workshop director alike. She has shared with audiences, choir members and students her immense love of music, from the Middle Ages through the Baroque, as well as contemporary music that uses period instruments. Throughout her career Margriet’s deepest wish has been to unlock the secrets of earlier music to anyone listening or playing.