A featured concert soloist with several local orchestras, violinist Margaret Humphrey maintains a vibrant freelance career schedule in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Ms Humphrey also performs as a core member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Touring nationally, she frequently guests with Tempesta di Mare in Philadelphia, the Kingsbury Ensemble in St Louis, and Bach and the Baroque series in Pittsburgh. International touring as a founding member of Belladonna baroque quartet, she also solos yearly in the Ancient Music Series in St Savin, France. Ms Humphrey has recorded on the Chandos, Dorian, and Ten Thousand Lakes labels.

Composer and harpsichordist, Asako Hirabayashi’s first recording on Albany Label, whose program is entirely composed and played by herself, was selected as one of the 5 best classical CDs of the year 2010 by Minneapolis Star Tribune and received 7 favorable reviews internationally. She won numerous grants and awards including the 2009 -10 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, 2012 Artist Initiative grant as a soloist and as a composer, she won several first prizes in competitions such as Alienor International  Harpsichord Composition Competition (won the 6th, 7th and 8th consecutively) and NHK International SongWriting Competition in Japan. She was recently awarded 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music by American Composers Forum to write an opera. She has apperaed as a featured guest soloist in international festivals and concert series worldwide. She holds Doctoral degree from the Juilliard School.