DONGMYUNG AHN

DONGMYUNG AHN

 

Period violinist Dongmyung Ahn is a performer, educator, and scholar, whose interests span from the twelfth to eighteenth centuries. She is co-founder of Guido’s Ear and regularly performs with the Sebastians, TENET, Early Music New York, Pegasus, Green Mountain Vespers, Clarion, and Bach Vespers. She has also played the rebec in the The Play of Daniel at the Cloisters. A dedicated educator, Dongmyung is the director of the Queens College Baroque Ensemble and has taught music history at Vassar College and Queens College. She is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship and published an article on medieval liturgy in the Rodopi series Faux Titre.

 

JEFFREY GROSSMAN

JEFFREY GROSSMAN

 

Jeffrey Grossman’s extensive musical activities include frequent performances as a harpsichordist, chamber organist, and conductor. As co-artistic director of the acclaimed baroque ensemble the Sebastians, Jeffrey has music directed operas by Monteverdi and Purcell in collaboration with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. In addition to frequent performances with the Sebastians, he has performed in recent seasons with numerous groups, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Baroque, New York Baroque Incorporated, the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, and Gotham Chamber Opera. Jeffrey can be heard on the Gothic, Naxos, Albany, Métier, and MSR Classics record labels. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he holds degrees from Harvard College, the Juilliard School, and Carnegie Mellon University.

www.jeffreygrossman.com

 

HANK HEIJINK

HANK HEIJINK

 

Lutenist Hank Heijink (pronounced Hey-ink) has played all over the world with leading ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, TENET, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Wooster Group, among others. He is in high demand as an accompanist on theorbo, lute and guitar, and his playing has been described as “eloquent” (Wall Street Journal) and “deft and sensitive” (New York Times). He can be heard on TENET's recent CD “A Feast for the Senses” and on Green Mountain Project’s live recording of Claudio Monteverdi’sVespers of 1610. Mr. Heijink holds a performance degree from The Hague’s Royal Conservatory (the Netherlands), as well as a degree in computer science, and a PhD in social sciences. When not playing lute, he writes software for the iPhone.

PRISCILLA HERREID

PRICILLA HERREID

 

Priscilla Herreid plays all manner of early wind instruments with Piffaro, The Waverly Consort, Hesperus, and Ex Umbris. She has played early oboes and recorder with Trinity Baroque Orchestra (NYC), Handel + Haydn, Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque, Venice Baroque (IT), Juilliard Baroque, the Sebastians, Mercury, and Tempesta di Mare. Herreid recently played for the Shakespeare on Broadway productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, and made her fourth appearance at the annual Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie. She directed the Early Music Ensemble at Temple University for two years, and has taught classes on early winds and Renaissance sacred polyphony at the Madison (WI) Early Music Festival. Herreid is a graduate of Temple University and The Juilliard School.

 

GREG INGLES

GREG INGLES

 

Greg Ingles attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory. Two days after graduation Greg won the position of Solo Trombone in the Hofer Symphoniker in Hof, Germany. He returned to the United States and completed both a Master’s and Doctoral degree in trombone performance at SUNY Stony Brook, specializing in historic performance. Greg is a member of Piffaro, Quicksilver and Ciaramella and has played with such ensembles as the American Bach Soloists, Chatham Baroque, Concerto Palatino, The Handel and Haydn Society and Tafelmusik.  He is Music Director of the Dark Horse Consort, an ensemble devoted to rarely performed brass music of the 17th century. He recently played with the Globe Theater in their Broadway debut. He is currently the Lecturer in Sackbut at Boston University and teaches at the Madison Early Music Festival each summer.

SHIRA KAMMEN

Multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen has spent much of her life exploring the world of early music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, the King’s Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts, Parthenia, Anonymous IV, Rose of the Compass, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, singer Anne Azema, storyteller Patrick Ball, clown Jeff Raz, among many other fine performers, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia, Abu Dhabi and Japan.

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ROBERT MEALY

Robert Mealy first began exploring early music as a teenager in Berkeley. Medieval music has always been one of his loves, which he explored in tours and recordings with Sequentia, Ensemble PAN, and Fortune’s Wheel. He investigates the quirky and unexpected music of the seventeenth century with his group Quicksilver, and he serves as Orchestral Director for the Boston Early Music Festival, with whom he won a Grammy last year. Here in New York he directs the Historical Performance program at Juilliard and is principal concertmaster for Trinity Wall Street in their ongoing project to perform the complete cantatas of J.S. Bach. He has made over 80 CDs on most major labels.

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JOHANNA NOVOM

A first prize winner of the ABS' Young Artist Competition, violinist Johanna Novom has been Associate Concertmaster of Apollo's Fire since completion of her Master's degree at Oberlin Conservatory. She appears with ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Concert Royal, Washington Bach Consort, Clarion Music Society, Chatham Baroque, the Sebastian Chamber Players, and is a founding member of the Diderot String Quartet, a new ensemble dedicated to the performance of 18th and early 19th century quartets on period instruments. Regular festival engagements include the Boston Early Music Festival and the Carmel Bach Festival. Johanna was a 2010-11 fellowship member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Robert Mealy.

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ALEXANDRA OPSAHL

Alexandra Opsahl studied recorder with Peter Holtslag and Daniel Bruggen at the Royal Academy of Music andwent on to study cornetto privately at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Italy with Bruce Dickey. She was the winner of the 2003 Moeck Solo Recorder competition, the 2001 and 2003 RAM Early Music Prize and 2003 Hilda Anderson Dean Award. Alex has performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Emmanuelle Haim, Apollo’s Fire, the Green Mountain Project, Le Studio Musique Anciennes de Montréal, Cappella Artemisia, Musica Angelica, The Whole Noyse and American Bach Soloists. She has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and the Royal Albert Hall. Alex is a member of the Dark Horse Consort, and is the Music Director of LA-based ensemble Tesserae.

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MACK RAMSEY

MACK RAMSEY

 

Mack Ramsey has been a life-long specialist in performance on early instruments, playing sackbut, recorder, Renaissance flute and classical era trombones. He is a member of Dark Horse Consort and the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble and has often appeared with other wind bands such as Piffaro Renaissance Band and The Whole Noyse. At home in the Boston area he plays with Boston Baroque and Handel and Haydn Society. In 2015 he appeared with Dark Horse Consort in several Boston Early Music Festival productions. He frequently travels to perform in other ensembles as well, including New York’s Green Mountain Project, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The Toronto Consort, Mercury Houston, Opera LaFayette, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Clarion Society Orchestra.

 

ERIK SCHMALZ

ERIK SCHMALZ

 

Erik Schmalz, an early brass specialist, works internationally with prestigious ensembles including Tafelmusik, Ciaramella, Green Mountain Project, The Toronto Consort, and Dark Horse Consort.  He can be heard on numerous recordings, including a 2013 Grammy-nominated album by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and The Trinity Baroque Orchestra, performing on period trombones, renaissance slide trumpet and recorder.  This versatility led to him being cast as one of the seven instrumentalists in the recent Globe Theater's productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night, the first time Broadway has used period instruments exclusively. Erik received degrees in trombone performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He resides in Collinsville, Connecticut where he also teaches early and modern low brass privately.

 

EZRA SELTZER

Lauded for his “beauty of tone and keenness of musicianship” (Opera Britannia), cellist Ezra Seltzer has performed as guest principal cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Orchester Wiener Akademie, and the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist and principal cellist at the Boulder Bach Festival, and is the associate principal cellist at the Carmel Bach Festival. In New York, he regularly performs chamber music at Helicon Foundation Symposia, the 4x4 Baroque Music Festival, and at Music Before 1800, and is a co-founder and principal cellist of the Sebastians. This season he will also appear with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Chicago's Baroque Band, and New York Baroque Incorporated.

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DANIEL SWENBERG

DANIEL SWENBERG

Daniel Swenberg specializes in historical plucked strings: Renaissance and Baroque lutes, theorbos, Baroque and 19th century guitars, and Baroque mandolino—and yes, it takes a lot of time to tune them. He performs regularly throughout North America with ensembles such as Artek, Rebel, the Metropolitan Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, Mr. Jones & the Engines of Destruction, Ensemble Viscera, New York City Opera, Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik, Catacoustic Ensemble, the Four Nations Enmble, Apollo’s Fire, the Green Mountain Project, and with soprano Nell Snaidas. He has accompanied Renee Fleming and Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall. Daniel received awards from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (2000) for a study of 18th century chamber music for the lute, and a Fulbright Scholarship (1997) to study in Bremen, Germany, at the Hochschule für Künste (studying with Stephen Stubbs and Andrew Lawrence King). He studied previously with Pat O’Brien at Mannes College of Music, receiving a Masters Degree in Historical Performance (Lute).
 

 

LISA TERRY

Lisa Terry practices, performs and teaches viola da gamba and violoncello in New York City, where she is a full-time member of Parthenia. Lisa is principal cellist and viol soloist with Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra, and is also a member of the Dryden Ensemble in Princeton; she works regularly with the Lyra Consort (NYC) and Pegasus Early Music (Rochester). She was a founding member of ARTEK, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Juilliard Opera Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Concert Royal. She earned her degree in cello performance from Memphis State University and continued her studies in New York with Richard Taruskin, viol, and Harry Wimmer, cello. Lisa appears to great acclaim as soloist in the Passions of J.S. Bach, notably under the batons of Robert Shaw, Richard Westenburg, and Lyndon Woodside in Carnegie Hall, in the Jonathan Miller staged performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music conducted by Paul Goodwin, and at the Winter Park Bach Festival, conducted by John Sinclair. She teaches viola da gamba and cello privately in New York, and at workshops around the country. Lisa is the Vice-President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

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KIRI TOLLAKSEN

KIRI TOLLAKSEN

 

Kiri Tollaksen (cornetto) enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. Praised for her "stunning technique, and extreme musicality," she has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe with such groups as Concerto Palatino, La Fenice, Huelgas Ensemble, Toronto Consort, Tenet, Piffaro, Pacific MusicWorks, Tesserae, Apollo’s Fire, and is a member of the early brass ensemble Dark Horse Consort. With degrees from Eastman, Yale and University of Michigan,Kiri has been on the faculty of Indiana University (Bloomington) and the Amherst and Madison Early Music Festivals, and maintains a private teaching studio. She happily lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Ron and 2 cats.  For upcoming concerts, please visit www.KiriTollaksen.com

 

CHARLES WEAVER

CHARLES WEAVER

 

Charles Weaver performs on early plucked-string instruments both as a recitalist and as an accompanist. Chamber music appearances include Quicksilver, Early Music New York,  Piffaro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Folger Consort, Blue Heron, Musica Pacifica, and the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble. He is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he teaches Historically Informed Performance on Plucked Instruments. In 2016, he was the assistant conductor for Juilliard Opera’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. He also works with the New York Continuo Collective: an ensemble of players and singers exploring seventeenth-century vocal music in semester-length workshop productions. He has taught at the Lute Society of America Summer Workshop, the Madison Early Music Festival, and the Western Wind Workshop in ensemble singing. He is associate director of music at St Mary Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he specializes in Renaissance polyphony, and where he teaches Gregorian chant and Renaissance music theory to children.

WEN YANG

Praised for “knocking people off their seats” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), double bassist and viola da gamba player Wen Yang makes active appearances throughout America, Europe, and Asia. She has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, and Gotham Chamber Opera, and is the founder and executive director of New York Baroque Incorporated (NYBaroque.org).

An alumnus of The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, Wen studied viola da gamba with Sarah Cunningham, and double bass with Don Palma, Timothy Cobb and Robert Nairn. She also enjoys cooking and living in New York City with her husband, cellist Ezra Seltzer.