Twenty years ago, Douglas Myers formed The New Baroque Soloists to showcase the beautiful works of composers such as Bach, Telemann and Handel written for mixed groups with trumpet, oboe, horn, flute and voice, as well as strings.
The New Baroque Soloists perform large scale Chamber Music, the usual size being eight performers. The instrumentation is flexible, depending on concert selections, and the group performs with as few as five performers and as many as fifteen. Accordingly, a program typically includes duets, trios, quartets, etc., up to and including the full ensemble. The works are performed on the best sounding instruments available, including the unique ”corno da caccia,” or piccolo French horn. The group adheres strictly to the most informed and historically correct performance practices of the Baroque era.
The members of The New Baroque Soloists are gifted artists, and soloists in their own right, as the group name implies. Drawn from New York City and Boston, and as far away as The United Kingdom, they also perform with groups such as Orpheus, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Boston Pops, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. They have served as concertmasters and solo wind players in orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Performers for the fourth concert: August 10, 2022
THE NEW BAROQUE SOLOISTS
Nikki Federman is an active performer and teacher in the New York City area. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music’s Orchestral Performance Program, Nikki plays with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and American Symphony. Nikki also frequently performs on Broadway and records for major motion picture soundtracks. Currently viola faculty at Manhattan School of Music Summer, Nikki maintains a large private teachingstudio and has taught for numerous outreach programs throughout New York City.
Terence J. Flanagan (harpsichord) currently serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, CT. Previously, Terry served for 11 years as Music Director at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco and over 18 years at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He studied organ at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. He is a past Dean and current member of the Westchester County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and sings with and accompanies Charis Chamber Voices.
Amanda Hardy joined the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe in their 2013 season. A recipient of Gillet Scholarship and Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Award, she studied with John Ferrillo at the New England Conservatory (NEC). Amanda has appeared as soloist with the Borromeo String Quartet, the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall, the NEC Bach Ensemble, and the Drake Symphony Orchestra. She is been a frequent performer with the Boston Symphony and has played guest principal oboe with the Boston Pops, Boston Philharmonic, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, and Emmanuel Music.
William MacDonald (trumpet) was born into a musical family in Leipzig, Germany. Described as a “rising star” on the trumpet, William has pursued studies with members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Boston Symphony, and Bavarian Radio Orchestra. Accepted into the Juilliard School of Music, the New England Conservatory, the Dresden College of Music, and the Eastman School of Music, William chose to pursue pre-medical studies at Brown University. He has performed with the Staatskapelle Dresden, National Youth Orchestra of the USA, and Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra.
Douglas Myers (trumpet and horn) serves as Artistic Director. Doug has been solo trumpet in orchestras in the United States (Milwaukee, New Jersey), Europe (Bergen) and Asia (Hong Kong), before turning his attention to a career as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to the piccolo trumpet, he also specializes in the newly invented corno da caccia, or piccolo French horn. The New York Times said of a Carnegie Hall solo performance that Doug “played with sheer musicianship....beautiful sound.”
Yuko Naito-Gotay, (violin, viola) performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. One of New York’s most sought-after violinists, Yuko graduated the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and earned advanced degrees from Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music before joining the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Critics have unanimously praised her splendid talent with phrases such as “a musician of great taste,” “possesses a true feeling for the art,” and “in full communication with the Muses.”
Hailed by Professor Hans Jensen as being “ridiculously virtuosic”, Jakob Taylor, 24, is currently pursuing his Masters of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of the esteemed cellist of the Emerson Quartet, Paul Watkins. His career has taken him to perform at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Stude Hall and Jordan Hall. He is most recently the winner of the 2022 Yale School of Music concerto competition as well as the 2020 Shepherd School of Music Concerto competition. Jakob has studied previously at the New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Paul Katz Richard Aaron , and Desmond Hoebig. He has spent his summers working and performing at the Taos School of Music, Music Academy of the West, Music@menlo and Bowdoin International Music Festival, among others.
Pelletier, Marie-VolcyMarie-Volcy Pelletier, cellist, is a native of Paris, France. Ms. Pelletier first came to the U.S. as a recipient of a FulbrightScholarship to study with Bernard Greenhouse at the New England Conservatory. Ms. Pelletier has been a member of a numberof notable chamber ensembles. She was a founding member of the Concert Players String Trio in London, (UK), the ForsterString Trio and the Kinor Quartet in NY City, as well as a member of the Laurentian String Quartet. She played for severalyears with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. “thenewbaroquesoloists.com”
A multi-faceted musician, Liuh-Wen Ting was a member of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet. Shemade her debut at Merkin Hall with five commissioned pieces; the same year, her performance of Feldman’s “Viola in My Life IV” with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra was praised by Czech Music 2001 as “an extraordinary experience.” She has premiered and recorded many chamber and solo works for labels such as Naxos, Sony, Atlantic, Mode, Capstone, Albany, Pogus and Tzadik Records. She performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Composers Orchestra, SEM ensemble, and the Berkshire Bach Ensemble. She is a faculty at the prep division of the Mannes School of Music, and a DMA candidate at the University of Stony Brook.
Alessandro CiraficiAlessandro Cirafici recently joined the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine as second oboe. He was previously a fellowat Tanglewood Music Center, and has appeared with some of New England’s finest ensembles, including the Boston Pops,North Country Chamber Players, Atlantic Symphony, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, and Phoenix Orchestra. Alessandro is agraduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and is also on the faculty of the Brookline Music School.
Amanda HardyAmanda Hardy (oboe) joined the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe in their 2013 season. A recipientof the Gillet Scholarship and Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Award, she studied with John Ferrillo at the New EnglandConservatory (NEC). Amanda has appeared as soloist with the Borromeo String Quartet, the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall,the NEC Bach Ensemble, and the Drake Symphony Orchestra. She has been a frequent performer with the Boston Symphonyand has played guest principal oboe with the Boston Pops, Boston Philharmonic, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, andEmmanuel Music.
Jakob TaylorJakob Taylor (violoncello) is currently pursuing his Masters of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music. He previouslystudied at the New England Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Jakob ismost recently the winner of the 2022 Yale School of Music concerto competition as well as the 2020 Shepherd School ofMusic concerto competition. He has spent summers working and performing at the Taos School of Music, Music Academyof the West, Music@Menlo and Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Yuko Naito-Gotay, (violin, viola) performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. One of New York’s mostsought-after violinists, Yuko graduated the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and earned advanced degrees from YaleUniversity and the Manhattan School of Music before joining the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Critics have unanimouslypraised her splendid talent with phrases such as “a musician of great taste,” “possesses a true feeling for the art,” and “in fullcommunication with the Muses.”
Holland, John Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, violinist John Holland has performed extensively as a soloist and with numerous orchestral and chamber ensembles in Boston and abroad. Since January 2002, Mr. Holland has been performing regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Holland’s orchestral engagements also include regular performances with the Boston Pops, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Holland has performed as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Foundation of New England, the Radius Ensemble, the Tanglewood Fromm Players, the Callithumpian Consort, the South Coast Chamber Music Society, and with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Holland has also had the opportunity to work with such prominent contemporary composers as John Harbison, George Perle, Elliott Carter, and John Corigliano. An active teacher in the Boston area, Mr. Holland has a private studio and coaches chamber music and orchestral ensembles for both the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
Meineke, Donald R, keyboards, serves as Cantor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in NYC,
home of Bach Vespers and the twice Grammy nominated Holy Trinity Bach Choir and Players. Donald maintains an active career as recitalist, conductor, singer, lecturer, and clinician on both the national and international scenes. He is the co-founder of Ensemble VIII, a professional early music ensemble in Austin, Texas and was co-founder and director of the 2014 Early Music Festival: New York.
Robbins, Sandra, viola Ms. Robbins is a member of the American Composers Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic, and freelances in NYC. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music after studying the viola in both the preparatory and college divisions of Lilian Fuchs. Ms. Robbins has taught viola and chamber music at Cornell, SUNY Geneseo, and Syracuse University. She has recorded for Newport Classics, Elan, New World Records, and Artek Recordings.
Rounds, William,USM faculty cellist William Rounds is a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He plays frequently as an extra with the Boston Symphony and performs with the Orlando Chamber Soloists. Originally from Rapid City, SD, he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Boston University while studying with reknowned cellist George Neikrug. A former member of the Artaria Quartet, Mr. Rounds has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia, appearing as a soloist with orchestra, in recital and as a chamber musician. In addition to his classical career, he previously toured with John Denver, recorded for Aerosmith and has performed or recorded with a wide variety of popular artists ranging from David Bryne to Jerry Vale. He has also played for the soundtracks of numerous movies including Schindler's List. Mr. Rounds is an experienced teacher and clinician, working with children through the Boston Symphony's education programs and giving master-classes at colleges throughout the US.
Seeber, Todd Todd Seeber joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra's double bass section in May 1988. From January 1986 until he joined the BSO, he was principal bass of the Buffalo Philharmonic, which he joined when he was twenty and with which he appeared frequently as a soloist. Before joining the Buffalo Philharmonic, he was assistant principal bass of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra. Born in Spokane, Washington, Mr. Seeber grew up in Canada, Hawaii, and Australia. He began playing the double bass at age eleven with George Wellington and attended high school in Portland, Oregon, where he studied with Herman Jobelmann. A Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center in 1983 and 1984, he won first prize in the American String Teachers National Solo Competition in 1983 and was a 1984 winner of the Boston University Concerto-Aria Competition. In May 1985 he graduated from Boston University, where he studied with Henry Portnoi. Mr. Seeber currently teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music, at Boston University's School for the Arts, at the Tanglewood Music Center, and at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Ferrillo, John John Ferrillo joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe at the start of the 2001 Tanglewood season, occupying the Mildred B. Remis Principal Oboe Chair, having appeared with the orchestra several times in previous seasons as a guest performer. From 1986 to 2001 he was principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Ferrillo grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts, and played in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with John de Lancie and received his diploma and artist’s certificate. He also studied with John Mack at the Blossom Festival and has participated in the Marlboro, Craftsbury, and Monadnock festivals. Prior to his appointment at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Ferrillo was second oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, and was a faculty member at Illinois State University and West Virginia State University. A former faculty member of the Mannes School of Music and Juilliard School of Music in New York City, he has taught and performed at the Aspen and Waterloo festivals and currently serves on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, Boston University, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. His previous BSO appearances as soloist have included Ligeti’s Double Concerto for flute and oboe, with BSO colleague Elizabeth Rowe, which they will perform again on the final subscription concerts of the current season; Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion, and Strings, also with BSO colleagues; Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto; two collaborations with violinist Pinchas Zukerman at Tanglewood in music of J.S. Bach; Wayne Barlow’s The Winter’s Past, led by Leonard Slatkin in a 2014 Tanglewood program celebrating the conductor’s 70th birthday; Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat for oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon, K.297b, with BSO colleagues on the opening program of the 2014-15 season; and, most recently, in May 2018, Marcello’s Concerto in C minor for oboe and strings with Moritz Gnann conducting. As principal oboe of the BSO, Mr. Ferrillo is also a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center and a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with whom he can be heard in BSO Classics recordings of Mozart’s Quartet in F for oboe and strings, K.370; William Bolcom’s Serenata Notturna for oboe and strings, and Dutilleux’s Les Citations for oboe, harpsichord, double bass, and percussion.
Heiss , David, David Heiss enjoys a multi-faceted performance career as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and principal cellist of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall as well as a sought-after guest principal for many New York City area ensembles. As a result of winning the Artists International Competition and being presented in his Carnegie Recital Hall debut, he has appeared as concerto soloist and recitalist in a wide range of repertory including the American premieres of concertos by Irving Robbin and Theodore Antoniou, and the world premiere of the Robert Manno Cello Sonata, which was dedicated to him. He is a founding member of the OMNI Piano Quartet and is a frequent guest artist and teacher at music festivals throughout the eastern United States. He was involved in the conception and development of the Broadway production of The Elephant Man as composer and arranger of incidental music for the Tony Award-winning play, and performed on Broadway and throughout the United States as the on-stage cellist in the drama
Ross, James, trumpet, joined the Metropolitan Orchestra in 1994. Previously, he was Principal Trumpet of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and a frequent performer with the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Radio Orchestra. His freelance activities have included performances as Principal Trumpet at Tanglewood with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and concerts with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Ross attended the University of British Columbia, St. Louis Conservatory, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Executive Administrative and Musical Assistant to Doug Meyers: Peter Del Monaco Doug Myers may be contacted at: www.thenewbaroquesoloists.com
O’Connell, Pablo, oboe, is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree at the Juilliard School as a student of Nathan Hughes, with additional instruction from Elaine Douvas and Scott Hostetler. Last summer, he performed the Vivaldi D minor Oboe Concerto at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as a winner of the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Insti-tute Concerto Competitions. On March 10th, 2016, Pablo had the honor of performing the Mozart Oboe Quartet for President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House State Dinner in honor of Canada. He is a graduate of the Juilliard Precollege, a student of Richard Dallessio.
Adams, Sarah, has appeared as soloist with the Riverside and Jupiter Symphonies in Alice Tully Hall, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, among others. Ms. Adams is the violist of the Tahoe Quartet, the NY Chamber Ensemble and the Sherman Ensemble. She is Principal Violist of the Riverside Symphony, a member of the American Ballet Theatre and the NYC Opera Orchestras and performs frequently with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Adams has been Music Associate at Columbia University since 1993, teaching viola and chamber music. Sara performs on a Hiroshi Iizuka viola, circa 1982.
Behrens, Andrew, double bass, is a native of Huntington, N.Y. He has performed with the NY String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival, and the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. His principal teachers include Timothy Cobb of the NY Philharmonic and Leigh Mesh of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He holds degrees from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and Bard College.
Burkhart, Robert P., cellist, with performance credits at Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Rose Studio at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Robert has also appeared as a soloist throughout Japan as a member of the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and been featured in recital on WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase.” Hailed as “the adventurous cellist” by The New Yorker Magazine, Robert P. Burkhart performs all across New York City’s diverse musical landscape, in more than 30 states across the country, and internationally. Robert’s major teachers include Paul Tobias at the Mannes College of Music and Uri Vardi at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Robert has taught at Juilliard Pre-College, Mannes Prep, Syracuse University, and Music Conservatory of Westchester, and been artist-in-residence at Yale University and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Gal-Ed, Roni, oboe, has been described as "Outstanding" and "...the star of the evening" by The New York Times. She is a first prize winner at the International Lauschmann Oboe Competitiion in Mannheim, Germany, and a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms.Gal-Ed has worked with Zubin Mehta, Kent Naganno and collaborated with Daniel Barenboim and the Jerusalem String Quartet, among many others. Since movinng to New York in 2009, Ms.Gal-Ed has continued to be an active Oboist who Plays with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. In 2018 she performed the U.S. premier of Matthew Greenbaum's oboe Concerto, "the jig is up" at Lincoln Center. Ms. Gal-Ed has studied at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and graduated with a Master's degree from the Musik Hochschule in Munich.
Magill, Sam, violoncello, was educated at the Peabody Conservatory and was a student of Zara Nelsova. Currently he is a member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and was previously a member of the Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony Orchestras.
Copeland, Lillian, oboe, recently relocated to New York City after playing many seasons as Principal Oboe with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra in Chile. Aside from the diverse repertoire of opera, ballet and orchestral programs, Lillian was active in chamber music with the Ensamble Filarmonico. Since being in the NY area, Lillian has been playing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and NJ Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has a private oboe studio.
Del Monaco, Peter, trumpet, is a recent graduate of the Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theater with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. Peter was the recipient of the Mark Lord Trumpet Award for excellence on trumpet and leadership in the studio. He has studied with Jay Lichtmann and Kevin Cobb at the Hartt School and with Doug Myers for seven years before college. Peter is the Executive Administrative Assistant to Doug Myers, Artistic Director of The New Baroque Soloists.
Lionti, Vincent, viola, has been a member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1987. Prior to that, he was a member of the Detroit Symphony. While studying at Juilliard, Vinnie was Principal Viola in their three orchestras and studied chamber music with members of The Juilliard String Quartet. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Percy Grainger Society and the conductor of the Westchester County Youth Orchestra and the Downtown Sinfonietta of White Plains, NY.
Ratzenboeck, Derek, violin, Has been a member of The NYC Ballet Orchestra Violin section since 2011. He has tored and performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Vienna Mozart Philharmonic and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. Derek received his training at Indiana University Jacob's School of Music (BM), Vienna and Amsterdam Conservatories and the University for Music and Theater in Munic, Germany (MM)
Rhian, Glenn, timpani, received his Batchelor's degree from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Master's degree from The Julliard School of Music. He is a timpanist for the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the San Fransisco Opera Orchestra, NYC Opers Orchestra and American Symphoy. Glenn has been the drummer/percussionist for several Off-Broadway and Broadway shows.
Ross, James, trumpet, Joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1994. Previously he was the Principal Trumpet of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. His freelanceactivities have inclouded performances as Pricipal Trumpet at Tanglewood with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He was a member of the NY Philharmonic. Mr Ross attended the University of British Columbia, St. Louis Conseratory and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Doug Myers may be contacted at: www.thenewbaroquesoloists.com
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