Heather Miller Lardin, bass
Heather's recent engagements include performances with the Handel & Haydn Society, Tempesta di Mare, Brandywine Baroque, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, NYS Baroque, and Pegasus Early Music. She was a member of the Virginia Symphony from 1996-2002 and the Binghamton Symphony from 2006-08.
Ms. Lardin directs the Amherst Early Music Winter Weekend Workshop, and has taught at Amherst's summer workshop. She regularly coaches at workshops for the Philadelphia chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA).
A committed teacher of young bassists, Heather teaches privately and pursues continued training in the Suzuki double bass method. She taught double bass and viol at Cornell University for ten years; in addition, she directed student viol consorts and led Cornell’s Baroque orchestra, Les Petits Violons.
Lardin was the Artistic Director of the Ithaca-based period instrument ensemble NYS Baroque, from 2006 to 2013. Under her direction, the ensemble appeared at the Skaneateles Festival and developed a yearly semester-long arts immersion program in which Ithaca High School students explored European culture through literature, music, dance, theater, gesture, and costume.
Ms. Lardin is the editor of the early bass feature "Rumblings" in Bass World, the journal of the International Society of Bassists (ISB). She regularly appears in lectures and recitals at the ISB’s biannual conventions, for which she co-coordinated Summits for Historically-Informed Performance in 2009 and 2013.
Heather Miller Lardin holds a DMA in Performance Practice from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music. Her dissertation, an annotated translation of Michel Corrette's method for double bass, viola, and viole d'Orphée, was awarded the Donald Grout Award for Outstanding Dissertation. She recently relocated to the Philadelphia area with her husband and two children.