Paul Luchkow is a versatile violinist and violist whose activities cover the range of music from the 17th Century to the present day, on modern and period instruments. A regular feature of Western Canada’s Early Music scene, Paul is a long-time member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and appears frequently in concerts for Early Music Vancouver. On Vancouver Island, he performs regularly with Victoria Baroque Players, Victoria Symphony, the Early Music Society of the Islands, as well as at Victoria’s Pacific Baroque Festival. A highlight of recent years has been his work with fortepianist Michael Jarvis and their exploration of Classical and Romantic sonata repertoire on period instruments. Their latest recording – Trios for violin, viola da gamba, and fortepiano, op. 30 by Tommaso Giordani with the British gambist, Sam Stadlen, was released on the Marquis Classics label in the Fall of 2019 to rave reviews.
Michael Jarvis is one of Canada’s finest harpsichordists, fortepianists and continuo players, and is in demand as a collaborative artist and coach. He has performed throughout Canada and internationally, and may be heard on many CDs; his recording of Hummel’s op. 5 violin sonatas (with Paul Luchkow, violin) was chosen as a finalist as best classical album of the year in the Western Canadian Music Awards. His upcoming CD “Fashionably Late” with Paul Luchkow, violin, and Sam Stadlen, gamba, explores rarely-heard chamber music from late 18th-century England. He is Director of Music at St. Barnabas Church in Victoria and the Bach on the Rock Chamber Choir and Orchestra on Salt Spring Island. When he is not playing early music, Michael is an avid collector of early jazz and early opera 78 rpm recordings and is an early phonograph restorer.