"Creativity takes courage" - Vincent van Gogh

Welcome to Grand Cru Baroque

Founded in 2008, our mission is to provide exceptional performances of sublime masterworks from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries on instruments peculiar to the period in which the music was composed. Our repertoire also includes commissioned works and traditional music from around the world, following a practice used by many Baroque composers.

Grand Cru (great growth) is a classification of an entity's potential to produce something superb. It also refers to any item of high quality, or the quality of a region or area.

The core ensemble is transverse flute or recorder, and theorbo, lute, Baroque guitar, or oud. We are regularly assisted by performers of viola da gamba, Baroque cello, harpsichord, Baroque violin, lute/guitar, and voice.

The ensemble, in diverse configurations, is available for concerts, workshops, and short-term residencies.

"To create one's own world takes courage" - Georgia O'Keeffe

News, events, projects

Recording Project

Hello everyone, our fundraising campaign for our recording of Michel Blavet's Op. 3 sonatas for flute and continuo is now live. Please feel free to make your contributions now by clicking HERE. Please support our endeavor with a tax-deductible contribution to the project. Baroque Northwest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Remember, your contribution is an investment in sonic art.

Artists for the recording are:

  • Kim Pineda, transverse flute
  • Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba
  • August Denhard, theorbo and baroque guitar
  • Julia Brown, harpsichord
  • More details as they happen. Thank you for your support. And here is a preview, Grand Cru Baroque performing one of the Op. 3 sonatas by Michel Blavet (1700-65).

"I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart" - Henri Matisse


11 April 2018 at 12:30 PM

University of Oregon's 2018 Musicking Conference
"The Dilettante and the Professional: Differences in Composition, Style, and Performance Expectations in the 18th Century"
Kim Pineda, transverse flute, with Natascha Reich, harpsichord

21 May 2017 at 3:00 PM

Concerts at First, First United Methodist Church, Eugene, OR
Kim Pineda, transverse flute, Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba and pardessus de viole, August Denhard, theorbo, Baroque guitar, and oud, Julia Brown, harpsichord
     Local news pre-concert spot

2 August 2015 at 3:00 PM

Kim Pineda, transverse flute; August Denhard, theorbo and Baroque guitar; and Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord present a program called
Tasting Notes: Grand Cru Baroque at Northwest Cellars.
Tickets for the concert are $25 and may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

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