Martha McGaughey, viola da gamba, was for many years a member of the Paris-based Five Centuries Ensemble, known for its performances of both early and contemporary music. She is a founding member of New York’s Empire Viols and Aula Harmoniae, and of Musical Assembly, whose recording of the chamber music of François Couperin has received critical acclaim. Aula Harmoniae toured Korea in the fall of 2013.
She has toured with the Waverly Consort, performed with Concert Royal, the Aulos Ensemble, and the New York Collegium, and appears regularly with the Long Island Baroque Ensemble as well as the Capella Oratoriana of Brooklyn. McGaughey has also collaborated with the British viol consort, Phantasm, in several concerts and a CD of the consort music of William Byrd. She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato labels in Italy and France, as well as for EMI.
McGaughey has taught at the École Nationale de Musique in Angoulême (France), at the Eastman School of Music, and at Stanford University. She studied in Basel with Jordi Savall and in Brussels with Wieland Kuijken. She has twice been a Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California, San Diego; teaches regularly at Amherst Early Music, the Albuquerque Baroque Workshop, and the San Francisco Early Music Society summer workshops; and has been on the faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York since 1986.