Award-winning oboist Joel Verkaik is an active freelancer in Quebec and Ontario, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in performance at McGill University in Montreal. Formerly a modern oboist, Joel studied early music performance at the Amsterdam Conservatory and, since his return to Canada to settle in Montreal, has performed with some of Canada’s leading baroque ensembles including Aradia, Caprice, and la Société de musique ancienne de Montréal. He has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Dartington Summer Music Festival (Devon, England), the Amherst Early Music Festival (Connecticut, USA), and the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco.