Allen Whear joined Tafelmusik in 2000. He is a frequent pre-concert lecturer and contributor of program notes. He is Artistic Director of Baltimore's Pro Musica Rara and Principal Cellist, Recital Director, and Programme Annotator for the Carmel Bach Festival in California. He has performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, the Brandenburg Collegium and the Charleston Symphony. He has appeared with Musica Antiqua K√∂ln, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and Aradia. His composition Short Story was commissioned and premiered by Tafelmusik in 2006. He teaches baroque cello and viola da gamba at the University of North Texas College of Music and has given master classes at conservatories and universities throughout Canada and the U.S. A graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, he studied with Anner Bijlsma in the Netherlands and holds a Doctorate from Rutgers University. His recording credits include Sony, Virgin, Musical Heritage, Naxos, and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.