Curtis Foster, Baroque oboe and recorder, whose playing has been praised for its “brilliantly introverted charm” (Seattle Times), has appeared with many of North America’s most respected early music ensembles, including Handel & Haydn Society, Les Boréades de Montréal, the Seattle and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, and Victoria Baroque Players. He has also performed with Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Arion, and Mercury.
In the summer, he can typically be found performing or teaching at various festivals, including the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Baroque workshop, the Oregon Bach Festival, Vancouver Bach Festival, Victoria Baroque Instrumental Academy, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
In demand as a pedagogue and mentor, Mr. Foster has taught Baroque oboe as part of the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme at the University of British Columbia, and is regularly invited to present workshops and masterclasses around the US and Canada. He can be heard on recordings from ATMA Classique, Naxos, Cedille Records, and IU Press.
Originally hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Curtis holds degrees from Wichita State University and Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. He is delighted to have recently relocated to the Twin Cities, where he has been appointed Executive Director of Lyra Baroque.