Recorder Players West is directed by Inga Funck. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Inga grew up in a musical family and played recorder from early childhood. She studied historical recorders and flutes with Peter Holtslag at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Hamburg, and paticipated in many workshops throughout Europe. Inga has been featured in solo performances and period intrument ensemble in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Aspiring to find a balance of appreciating the past while engaging the present, she sets high standards in the authenticity of her early music performances and at the same time is explanding the musical dimension of the recorder into modern days. Performances with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Walt Disney Concert Hall have included the contemporary piece by Byorgy Kurtag,Quasi una fanasia, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos conducted by Giovanni Antonini. She has performed as a member of the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Les Folies (a recorder ensemble, playing at the Microfest at REDCAT), as well as Musica Angelica.
She regularly conducts the monthly meetings of the Southern California Recorder Society, the Orange County Recorder Society, the San Diego Recorder Society, and teaches workshops such as the SFEMS recorder workshop in Oakland, and has an active studio of private students.
Ms. Funck is one of the founding members of Les Surprises Baroques, a Baroque Ensemble founded in 2011 and functions as its Executive Director.