Doug Balliett

Episode 2: Performer-Composers

Doug Balliett is a composer, instrumentalist and poet based in New York City. The New York Times has described his poetry as “brilliant and witty” (Clytie and the Sun), his bass playing as “elegant” (Shawn Jaeger’s In Old Virginny), and his compositions as “vivid, emotive, with contemporary twists” (Actaeon). Popular new music blog I Care if You Listen has critiqued Mr. Balliett’s work as “weird in the best possible way” (A Gnostic Passion) and “light-hearted yet dark…it had the audience laughing one minute and in tears the next…” (Pyramus and Thisbe). He hosted a weekly show on New York Public Radio for three years, and was a titled member of the San Antonio Symphony for five. He teaches historical performance and a Beatles course at the Juilliard school, and composes weekly cantatas for a Roman Catholic Church on the lower east side of NYC. With a constant stream of commissions and regular performances in America and Europe, Mr. Balliett has been identified as a voice for his generation.

Francesca Brittan

Episode 11: The Secret Garden

Francesca Brittan is a scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music and sound cultures. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University (2007), and was a Research Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge between 2006-08. She joined the faculty at Case in 2009. Her current research and teaching interests include intersections between sound and histories of medicine; conceptions of auditory attention/cognition from the Enlightenment to the present; sonic histories of magic and supernaturalism; orchestral and conducting cultures; and French musical aesthetics from romanticism to post-structuralism. She occasionally teaches courses on popular music, especially blues and early rock and roll.

Nicola Canzano

Episode 2: Performer-Composers

Nicola Canzano (b. 1991) is a composer and keyboardist who specializes in historical composition and improvisation, with a further focus on the high baroque. His compositions in baroque style have been performed to universal acclaim both in the United States and in Europe, and some of his fugues are currently being used as course material at the University of Oregon under Dr. Timothy Pack. He worked for 13 years as an organist in the Episcopal Church, and has many times been hired to help with summer festivals such as Tafelmusik’s TBSI and Oberlin’s BPI as a continuo player. He is the founder of Nuova Pratica, a group of composer-performer-improvisers who are breaking old ground anew by playing each other’s works and experimenting with things like partimenti for ensembles. Nuova Pratica’s mission is to take historical performance practice both to its inevitable conclusion by composing new works in baroque and renaissance style, but also to find new directions within the endless utility of these techniques and to exploit the fruits of the last 100 years of musicological scholarship by presenting works in more ambiguous styles but with a baroque logic to glorious effect. Like all members of Nuova Pratica, Nicola graduated from Juilliard’s Historical Performance program. He also holds degrees in Physics, Music Composition and Harpsichord from the University of Michigan and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mélisande Corriveau

Critically acclaimed for her exceptional musical mastery, Mélisande Corriveau is a specialist in the interpretation of early music as a gambist, cellist and recorder virtuoso. A core member of Ensemble Masques and Les Voix Humaines consort of viols, she is constantly in demand for performances, tours, and recordings principally in North America and Europe as a solo artist and with numerous renowned ensembles. Her discography numbers over 50 titles on the Alpha, Paradizo, Zig-Zag Territoire, Analekta and Atma Classique labels. Her recent duo releases with harpsichordist Eric Milnes, Pardessus de viole and Marin Marais : Badinages, were the recipient of many awards including the Opus Prize, CBC’s Top 10 best classical discs of the year, Radio-Canada’s Classical CD of the Year, and made the Apple Music prestigious TOP Ten Classical Recordings list. With Eric Milnes, she co-founded and co-directs Ensemble L’Harmonie des saisons, which was awarded the Juno Prize for their debut recording Las Ciudades de oro in 2016. Mélisande Corriveau received a Doctoral Degree from the Université de Montréal.

Karin A. Cuéllar Rendón

Episode 3: Phoenix of Mexico

Karin A. Cuéllar Rendón is a Bolivian historical violinist and scholar currently residing in Montreal, Canada. Cuellar performs regularly with Montreal-based period ensembles such as Arion, Les Boreades, and L’Harmonie des saison. Past collaborations have included Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Florilegium, Oxford Bach Soloists, Ex Cathedra, American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, ARTEK, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia. Cuellar earned a Master of Arts degree in Historical Performance from Case Western Reserve University under the guidance of Julie Andrijeski and Ross Duffin, and obtained an Advanced Diploma on baroque violin from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Maggie Faultless, Rachel Podger, and Matthew Truscott as a beneficiary of the San Marino and Vincent Meyer scholarships. Cuellar is currently pursuing a PhD. in musicology at McGill University with a research focus on performance practices in South America in the first half of the 19th century, using as a case study the music of composer Pedro Ximenez Abrill Tirado.

Hannah De Priest

Episode 1: Bach and Beyond
Episode 11: The Secret Garden

“Irresistible” (L’Opera) soprano Hannah De Priest’s performance credits include Belinda in Dido & Aeneas, Ïole (Hercules), Oberto (Alcina), Drusilla (L’incoronazione di poppea), Isabelle (cover) in Le Carnaval de Venise, and engagements with the Newberry Consort, Madison Bach Musicians, Bella Voce, L’Academie du Roi Soleil, and Ars Musica Chicago. Her numerous accolades include 2nd Prize Winner of the International Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera, finalist in the Handel Aria Competition, finalist in North America’s two major Bach competitions, and sole American finalist of Le Concours Corneille, where she was lauded by Olyrix as “the most masterful voice.” She has attended the Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Best Adams Vocal Fellow, and, with pianist Michael Pecak, being named a 2021-22 Pegasus Rising Young Artist and selected for Oxford Lieder’s prestigious art song Mastercourse, scheduled for October 2021. Additional performances in the 2021-22 season include return engagements with Les Délices, her début with the Columbus Symphony for Bach’s St. John Passion, and multiple appearances with Bella Voce.

Mark Edwards

Episode 12: Where the Wild Things Are

First prize winner in the 2012 Musica Antiqua Bruges International Harpsichord Competition, Canadian harpsichordist and organist Mark Edwards is recognized for his captivating performances, bringing the listener “to new and unpredictable regions, using all of the resources of his instrument, […] of his virtuosity, and of his imagination” (La Libre Belgique). An active chamber musician, he is the artistic director of Poiesis, collaborates regularly with Les Boréades de Montréal, and has performed with Il Pomo d’Oro, Pallade Musica, and Flûtes Alors!. He has also given solo recitals at the Utrecht Early Music Festival and Brussels’ Bozar and performed concertos with a number of award-winning ensembles, including Il Gardellino (Belgium), Neobarock (Germany), and Ensemble Caprice (Canada). He is currently a PhD student at Leiden University and the Orpheus Instituut, Ghent, where his research examines the intersection of memory, improvisation, and the musical work in seventeenth-century France. Since 2016, he is Assistant Professor of Harpsichord at Oberlin Conservatory.

Philippe Gagné

Episode 1: Bach & Beyond

Praised for his rich expressivity, refined musical sensitivity, rare vocal agility and the beauty of his tone, Philippe is currently leading an international career specializing in the Baroque repertoire. He has worked with some of the world’s leading ensembles such as Les Talens Lyriques, Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy, Arion Orchestre Baroque, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Les Délices, Les Boréades, Blue Heron, L’Harmonie des saisons, Ensemble Caprice, Le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Ex Tempore, La Bande Montréal Baroque, Clavecin en concert, Mannheimer Hofkapelle et Apotheosis Orchestra. He is recognized as an exceptional interpreter of the French Baroque repertoire, as well as of the music of J. S. Bach, who occupies more than half of his professional engagements. His constant presence on the Baroque scene and his numerous past and future engagements testify to his undeniable value in this community. 

Catalina Guevara Klein

Episode 3: Phoenix of Mexico

The Costa Rican bassoonist Catalina Guevara Klein holds a Master’ s Degree in Music from the University of Montreal and a Graduate Diploma in Historical Performance from the Juilliard School. Since 2005, she traveled extensively through the USA, Canada, Europe and Latin America as a performer, pedagogue and community leader. She attended recognized early music festivals such as Oficina de Música Antigua de Curitiba (Brazil), Varmia Musica Academia (Poland) Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (Canada), Tafelmusik Winter Institute (Canada), American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute (Ohio), Oregon Bach Festival and Amherst Music Festival. Catalina has collaborated with different ensembles as Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba (Brazil), McGill Baroque Orchestra (Montreal), Ensemble Telemann (Montreal), Erathos (Montreal) and Juilliard 415 (New York). She has performed operas and concerts featuring the early music scene conducted by Hank Knox, Barthold Kuijken, Luc Beauséjour, Jeffrey Thomas, Robert Mealy, Richard Egarr, Pablo Heras-Casado, Avi Stein, Nicholas McGegan and Ruben Valenzuela. In 2020 Catalina launched the Mount Parnassus Foundation in Canada in order to empower women in Historical Performance. 

Enrico Lagasca

Episode 10: Early Music in Asia

Acclaimed to have “a beautiful sound” (New York Times), bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca is enjoying a career as a soloist and chorister across America with repertoire from Early to Contemporary Music. He is regularly seen with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and frequently sings with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran, Musica Sacra NY, Tenet Vocal Artists, Clarion Music Society, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, Conspirare, Spire, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Seraphic Fire. Performances with the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Classical Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, to name a few. Recent solo performances include Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisnacht, US premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Monster in the Maze, Beethoven 9, Haydn Creation, Bach Mass in B Minor, Mozart Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater. Enrico studied at the University of the Philippines and at Mannes College of Music. He currently resides in New York City.

Esteban La Rotta

Episode 8: Circa 1500

Esteban La Rotta is one of Canada’s leading lutenists. In demand as both a soloist and continuo player. His interest in the origins of the lute as a polyphonic instrument brought him to pursue a specialization on the solo repertoire for lute in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the guidance of Crawford Young and Hopkinson Smith. As a specialist in a variety of early plucked instruments, La Rotta has extensive experience with the early renaissance repertoire as well as with Baroque Italian and French repertoire for solo theorbo.He is a founder member of The ensemble Pallade Musica, and an Artistic Assosite at the Toronto Consort.  Since 2017 La Rotta teaches early music ensembles at McGill University.

Joyce Lindorff

Episode 10: Early Music in Asia

Harpsichordist Joyce Lindorff began her research on 17th- and 18th-century Chinese-western exchange 30 years ago while living in China, teaching first at the Shanghai Conservatory, and later in Hong Kong, including Fulbright professorships in Xi’an and Taiwan. She remains an Honorary Professor at the Shanghai and China Conservatories. Joyce earned degrees at Sarah Lawrence, U. of Southern California and Juilliard, as a student of Albert Fuller. After many years as a freelancer in NY she began her teaching career at Cornell and is now on the faculty of Temple U. Joyce authored Grove entries on Tomàs Pereira and Teodorico Pedrini, and others. Her edition of Pedrini’s sonatas will be published by A-R. Joyce’s recent performances have been in Amsterdam, Kraków,  Manila, and at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virginia. Her CDs include the first complete recordings of Poglietti’s Rossignolo, “Music from the Harpsichord Miscellany,”and the Pedrini violin sonatas with Nancy Wilson. Her Chinese language Anthology of Baroque Keyboard Performance Practice with co-author Zhu D is available here.

Gili Loftus

Episode 11: The Secret Garden

Award winning keyboardist, Canadian-born Gili Loftus’ three-fold expertise on the fortepiano, modern piano and harpsichord lend her playing a character that is unique to her, and which has opened up new and exciting paths for artistic and historical exploration which Gili has been invited to share through her performances and lectures on both sides of the Atlantic. She has been published in Keyboard Perspectives, her work featured in The New York Times, and in May 2019, she was invited to present a recital on Clara Schumann’s original 1827 André Stein fortepiano (no. 513), housed at the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany. In growing demand as a solo and collaborative artist, Gili is invited to play with period-instrument ensembles both internationally and in her local Montreal. Gili’s most recent endeavour has been the creation of Ida’s Salon Online, a series of classical mini-concerts on period instruments exploring different facets of Jewish art, life and culture in the diaspora. 

Kane Mathis

Episode 7: Ottoman Influences

Kane’s Oud study began with Mutlu Torun of the I.T.U. conservatory in 1998 in Istanbul and continued with 5 and a half years of courses with Oud virtuoso Münir Nurttin Beken. Since completing his study Kane has been sought after as a soloist and accompanist internationally. As a composer Kane is generating new works for both instruments as well as experimental work for electronic fixed media for film and modern dance. Kane is the recipient of a Chamber Music America award as well as an Earshot Jazz “Album of The Year Award.” 

Susan McClary

Episode 4: Divine Love

Susan McClary is Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University, where she directed a performance of Stradella’s La Susanna (1681) in 2018. Her books include Feminine Endings: Music, Gender and Sexuality, Desire and Pleasure in 17th-Century Music, and The Passions of Peter Sellars. In 1995 McClary received a MacArthur Fellowship.

Patrick Merrill

Episode 6: Connoisseur's Christmas

Patrick Merrill completed his Master’s degree at Peabody in harpsichord performance in 2015 with Adam Pearl. In 2016, he won second prize at the eighth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. As a harpsichordist, he has participated in master classes with Davitt Moroney and Trevor Pinnock on antique instruments, served as accompanist at the Amherst Early Music Winter Workshop and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and coached ensembles for Capitol Early Music. His continuo work includes appearances with Tempesta di Mare, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the Bach in Baltimore series, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also co-founded and performs with the Baltimore-based early music ensemble S’amusant. Mr. Merrill serves on the faculty of the Department of Music at The George Washington University and at Baltimore School for the Arts. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in harpsichord performance at Peabody, for which he is a recipient of the Peabody Dean’s DMA Fellowship.

Scott Metcalfe

Episode 5: Machaut Man
Episode 8: Circa 1500

Scott Metcalfe is the director of Blue Heron, acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and winner of the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music and the 2015 Noah Greenberg Award. From 2010-19 he was music director of New York’s Green Mountain Project (Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director), and he has been guest director of TENET, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Tudor Choir and Seattle Baroque, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Quire Cleveland, and the Dryden Ensemble. Metcalfe also enjoys a career as a baroque violinist, playing with Les Délices (dir. Debra Nagy), L’Harmonie des Saisons (dir. Eric Milnes), and other ensembles. He has edited songs from the Leuven Chansonnier for the Alamire Foundation (Belgium), and is preparing a new edition of the songs of Binchois. He has taught at Boston University, Harvard University, and Oberlin Conservatory, and is currently a visiting member of the faculty at the New England Conservatory.

Eric Milnes

A native New Yorker, Eric Milnes, is director of La Bande Montréal Baroque, and L’harmonie des saisons, Quebec. He has received critical acclaim for performances as conductor, organist and harpsichordist throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia with recent appearances at the Regensburg, Potsdam, Bremen, Utrecht, Bruge and Lufthansa festivals, at The Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, on tour throughout Japan and at the International Baroque Festival, Bolivia. North American performances include Mostly Mozart Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Berkeley Bach Festival, Santa Fe Festival, Montreal Festival and as conductor with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium, and Les Voix Baroque. His latest CD release, Cuidades de Oro (sacred music from colonial New Spain) won the 2016 JUNO (Canadian Grammy) for the best Classical Album of the Year. ATMA Classique features him directing the recording of the complete Bach sacred cantatas – eight volumes are completed. He has collaborated in recording and performance with Gustav Leonhardt, Wieland Kuijken, Sigiswald Kuijken, Bart Kuijken, Andrew Parrott, Reinhard Goebel, and Christophe Rousset, among many others. He takes greatest pride in the accomplishments of his daughters Mary Leah (Vanderbilt University, ’15)  and Hannah (Columbia College, ’16).

Daphna Mor

Episode 7: Ottoman Influences

Daphna Mor (recorders, voice, ney) has performed throughout Europe and the United States as both a soloist and ensemble player. Mor’s “astonishing virtuosity” (Chicago Tribune) has been heard in solo recitals in the United States, Croatia, Germany and Switzerland. She has performed as a soloist with the New York Collegium, the New York Early Music Ensemble, Little Orchestra Society, Apollo’s Fire and more, and as a member of the orchestra with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mor was awarded First Prize in the Settimane Musicali di Lugano Solo Competition and the Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition, and has appeared in a duo with Joyce DiDonato on the singer’s promotional tour for the album In War and Peace. Devoted to new music, Mor has recorded on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, and has performed the world premiere of David Bruce’s Tears, Puffes, Jumps, and Galliard with the Metropolis Ensemble. She co-composed WAVES- for recorders, voice, cello and a beat boxer for Carolyn Dorfman Dance and performed it in summer 2017 in New York’s Summer Stage among other venues.

Debra Nagy

“A baroque oboist of consummate taste and expressivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) with a musical approach that’s “distinctly sensual…pliant, warm, and sweet,” (New York Times), Debra Nagy, director, is one of North America’s leading performers on the baroque oboe. She plays principal oboe with the American Bach Soloists, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Apollo’s Fire, and is a regular guest with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, and Portland Baroque Orchestra, among other ensembles. Following studies at the Oberlin Conservatory, Conservatory of Amsterdam, and Case Western Reserve University, Debra has received many awards for her creative and scholarly pursuits including first-prize in the American Bach Soloists Young Artists Competition, a 2009 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. She has recorded over 30 CDs with repertoire ranging from 1300-1800 on the Chandos, Avie, CPO, Capstone, Bright Angel, Naxos, and ATMA labels, and has had live performances featured on CBC Radio Canada, Klara (Belgium), NPR’s Performance Today, WQXR (New York City) and WGBH Boston.

Alex Opsahl

Episode 4: Divine Love

Alex Opsahl studied recorder with Peter Holtslag and Daniel Bruggen at the Royal Academy of Music, and cornetto with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. While still a student, she received 1st Prize in the 2003 Moeck Solo Recorder competition, the 2001 and 2003 RAM Early Music Prize, and the 2003 Hilda Anderson Dean Award. Alex has performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Emmanuele Haim, Boston Early Music Festival, I Fagiolini, Capella Barocca di Mexico, Carmel Bach Festival, Piffaro, Apollo’s Fire, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Green Mountain Project. She performed in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Altenmusik in 2017, and filmed L’Incoronazione di Poppea with both Oslo Opera and Glyndebourne Opera. She recorded Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Minor, RV 441, with the Norwegian period orchestra Barokkanerne, and recently recorded the JD Berlin cornetto concerto with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. Alex is a founding member of both Tesserae and Dark Horse Consort.

Michael Pecak

Polish-American fortepianist and conductor Michael Pecak has performed to great acclaim throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Having earned degrees from Northwestern (BM) and Indiana Universities (MM), Michael studied with Malcolm Bilson as a Graduate Fellow at Cornell University before earning his DMA in historical performance practices from McGill University. A frequent collaborator with soprano Hannah De Priest, this season they will participate in Oxford Lieder’s Mastercourse and are named Pegasus Rising Artists. As a conductor, Michael has collaborated with numerous American opera companies and festivals, including Florida Grand Opera and Opera Saratoga. In the 2021-22 season, Michael will work with Chicago Opera Theater, conducting the workshop and world premiere of The Beekeeper and assistant conducting for Carmen and the world premiere of Quamino’s Map and. Michael is the Music Director of the Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra and works on the music staff of Northwestern University Opera Theater.

Grace Srinivasin

Praised for her “beautiful vocalism” (San Francisco Gate) and engaging presence, soprano Grace Srinivasan has established herself in the Baltimore-Washington area as a performer of a wide spectrum of repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary compositions. A graduate of Peabody Conservatory and a Washington, D.C. area native, Grace sings professionally as a cantor and soprano at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church in D.C., section leader at Temple Sinai, and at Washington National Cathedral as a staff soprano. Grace has sung with ensembles throughout the region, including the Washington Bach Consort, Cantate Chamber Singers, Cathedra, and Chantry. Grace also serves as resident music director for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and is a co-founder of the early music duo Musica Spira, which highlights music by early modern women. An occasional screen actor, she appeared in the PBS docudrama Enemy of the Reich as Noor Inayat Khan.

Ceren Türkmenoglu

Violinist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Ceren Türkmenoğlu studied in Ankara State Conservatory and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig. She worked in the Ankara State Opera and Ballet and then the Istanbul State Symphony until she moved to Boston in 2017 to attain her master’s degree, where she pursued an active musical life. Ceren received the grant award of The Boston Foundation two years in a row with her project “Music from Where the Sun Rises”, in which she examines Ottoman – Turkish Classical Music from a historical perspective. She performed in institutions such as the Harvard University, MIT, TUFTS and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She performed alongside the members of the Silk Road Ensemble in various concerts and music events. Currently, Ceren holds a position as a violinist in the Ankara Opera and Ballet Orchestra and continues working on her music. Her début album Mâî, released in July 2021, consists of her compositions and arrangements.

Raquel Winnica Young

Hailed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a “beautifully voiced singer-actor” and by the American Record Guide as a mezzo-soprano of “gorgeous expressive singing” Raquel Winnica Young was a finalist of the Vocal Art Song Discovery Series DC, two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artist Competition and a finalist for The American Prize in Art Song and Oratorio. Specializing in Spanish and Latin-American baroque music, with a deep interest in the influence and transformation of the Spanish language and its origins across the centuries, Ms. Winnica Young’s career has taken her to concert halls throughout the Americas and Europe. In the US, she has appeared in concert with Chatham Baroque, The Newberry Consort, The Rose Ensemble and Apollo’s Fire. Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Ms. Winnica Young holds a degree from the Instituto de Arte del Teatro Colon and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. Ms. Winnica Young is Adjunct Faculty in Voice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Applied Voice and Vocal Repertoire.

Jonathan Woody

Episode 2: Performer-Composers

Jonathan Woody maintains a full schedule as a bass-baritone and composer, primarily in early and new music. He performs regularly with ensembles including the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, TENET Vocal Artists, and the Washington Bach Consort, and with leading historically-informed orchestras including Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival, Opera Lafayette, and Apollo’s Fire. As a composer, Jonathan draws inspiration largely from music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and has had works commissioned and performed by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Cathedral Choral Society. Jonathan is committed to racial equity in the field of the performing arts, and currently serves on Early Music America’s Task Force for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Jonathan holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Maryland, College Park and is represented by Miguel Rodriguez of Athlone Artists. 

Shelby Yamin

A native New Yorker, violinist Shelby Yamin has earned distinction for her sparkling, vivacious performances. Equally adept as a modern and period violinist, Shelby was the winner of the Juilliard415 concerto competition, and has been featured as a soloist with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Academy Orchestra, the Tafelmusik Winter Institute, and the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Academy, where she returned as guest concertmaster in 2019. Shelby was the first prize winner of the Berkeley Piano Club’s Barbara Fritz Chamber Music Competition and the first prize winner of the Virtuoso e Belcanto competition in Lucca, Italy, where she was a recipient of the Luigi Boccherini Award. 2020 will see the releases of both her recording of contemporary works for harpsichord, violin, and flute, by Paladino Records, as well as her album of Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen’s Six Duets for Two Violins, Op. 5, which is the first to be recorded on historical instruments.