Praised for her “rococo gracefulness,” Lindsey Strand-Polyak is active throughout the West Coast as a baroque violinist and violist. Nationally, she performs with ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Bach Collegium San Diego; and has appeared at the Oregon Bach Festival, Twin Cities Early Music Festival, Corona del Mar Baroque Festival and the Fringe Series of both Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. In Southern California, she can be heard with Ensemble Bizarria, Musica Angelica, Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble, and Tesserae. Dr. Strand-Polyak was the assistant director for the UCLA Early Music Ensemble from 2011-2015, and is artistic director of Los Angeles Baroque—Southern California’s first community Baroque orchestra. Recent artist residencies include Michigan State University, University of Richmond and Northern State University of Louisiana, and she is currently adjunct professor of violin at Claremont Graduate University. She earned her PhD/MM in musicology and violin performance from UCLA, studying historical performance with Elisabeth LeGuin and modern violin with Guillaume Sutre and Movses Pogossian.
Artist Support Program 2020: Sei Sola: a collection of pieces written for unaccompanied violin, incorporated with spoken word elements for cultural and musical context.