Instrument: Johannes Eberle, Prague, 1807.
Tekla Cunningham received her musical training at Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she completed a Master’s degree with Ian Swenson. She has appeared as concertmaster or soloist with the American Bach Soloists, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and Musica Angelica (Los Angeles). She is also a member of La Monica, an ensemble dedicated to music of the 17th century, and explores Baroque repertory with Novello Quartet. She can be heard on recordings with the American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, San Francisco Bach Choir, various movie soundtracks including Disney’s Casanova, La Monica’s The Amorous Lyre, Wayne Horvitz’s Heartsong of Charging Elk, and the soundtrack of Valve Software’s video game Left 4 Dead. She founded the Whidbey Island Music Festival, a summer concert series presenting period-instrument performances, and, in Seattle, she plays with Gallery Concerts, Pacific Operaworks and the Northwest Sinfonietta. She teaches Suzuki violin in both German and English, and is on the faculty of the Cornish College for the Arts where she teaches Baroque violin and coaches Baroque Performance Practices.