Debra Nagy has acquired a reputation for creating fascinating and inviting concert experiences through her work with Les Délices. A musical polymath whose performances and expertise stretch from late-Medieval music through the Classical period, Nagy draws on “her rolodex of superb musicians” (ClevelandClassical.com) to introduce audiences to artists and repertoires that might not otherwise show up on their radar.
Inspired by a creative process that brings together research, composition in historical styles, improvisation, and artistic collaboration, Debra creates programs that “can’t help but getting one listening and thinking in fresh ways” (SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE). Recent projects have included critically-acclaimed multimedia productions of Machaut’s medieval masterpiece Remede de Fortune, music from the Leuven Songbook (c. 1470), and an acclaimed CD combining jazz and French Baroque airs called Songs without Words, and The White Cat, a pastiche Baroque opera for singers and chamber ensemble with puppetry and projections based on the Countess D’Aulnoy’s 1690s feminist fairytale.
Recognized as “A baroque oboist of consummate taste and expressivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Nagy plays principal oboe with the Handel & Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, and American Bach Soloists, and is a regular guest with other ensembles around the country.
A native New Yorker, violinist Shelby Yamin has earned distinction for her sparkling, vivacious performances. Equally adept as a modern and period violinist, her versatility has brought her from the historic rooms of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where she explored rarely heard 18th-century American repertoire as part of the 2019 Harpsichord Symposium, to avant-garde art spaces in San Francisco, where she performs with the modern conductorless chamber orchestra One Found Sound. She can be heard on Lei Liang’s 2014 album Bamboo Lights (Bridge Records), and her recording of contemporary works for harpsichord, violin, and flute will be released by Paladino Records in 2020. Shelby’s upcoming album of Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen’s Six Duets for Two Violins, Op. 5 is the first to be recorded on historical instruments and will also be released in 2020. Shelby is the founder and artistic director of the Palisades Community Concert Series in her hometown of Palisades, New York, and maintains a full teaching studio for students of all ages. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and recently completed studies at The Juilliard School as a full-tuition scholarship student in the Historical Performance program. In the rare moments she is not holding a violin, Shelby can be found volunteering at the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, or snuggling her 16-year old dachshund, Nina.
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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).
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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.
“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. Recent accolades include being named a finalist in North America’s two major Bach competitions, singing as the sole American finalist of Le Concours Corneille, where she was lauded by Olyrix as “the most masterful voice”, attending 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.