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The Musicians:


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 second concert:

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.


Copeland, Lillian, oboe, presently is a freelancer in NYC after playing eight seasons as Principal Oboe with the Oroquestra Filarmonica de Santiago, Chile. Lillian hails from southwest Virginia and began playing oboe at the age of ten. She attended Oberlin Conservatory for her Bachelor of Music degree and studied with the late James Caldwell. She received her Master’s Degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Since being in the New York area, she has played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, among others.


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.


Myers, Doug, trumpet and horn, is the Artistic Director of The New Baroque Soloists.  He has been solo trumpet in orchestras in the US, Europe, and Asia turning his attention to a career as soloist and chamber musician.  Doug arranges many of the Baroque selections the Soloists play for the smaller ensemble or for instruments available to him in the same vocal ranges as the original pieces.

He plays the piccolo trumpet and the modern Corno da caccia, or piccolo French horn.

Naito-Gotay, Yuko, violin, is one of NY’s most sought after violinists, performing internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. After graduating from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, she 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...,” “... in full communication with the Muses.”


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.

Pitchon, Joel, violin, is a soloist, chamber music player and Professor of violin and chamber music at Smith College.  Mr. Pitchon has served as the concertmaster for numerous orchestras: the Orquestra de Barcelona, the NY Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and EOS Chamber, to name a few. The NY Times noted his playing in the EOS production of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat as "superb."


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


Past performers:

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.  

O'Connell, Pablo, oboe, is currently pusuing his Batchelor's degree at the Julliard School as a student of Nathan Hughes. He recently completed a fellowship with the National Orchestral  Institute at the Clarise Smith Performing Art Center in Coleege Park MD Last summer he performed the Vivaldi d minor Oboe Conceerto at the Kennedy Centerin D.C., as a wineer of the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Concerto Competition. Pablo hails from Alexandria, VA.

Pitchon, Joel, violin, is a soloist, chamber music player and Professor of violin and chamber music at Smith College.  Mr. Pitchon has served as the concertmaster for numerous orchestras: the Orquestra de Barcelona, the NY Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and EOS Chamber, to name a few. The NY Times noted his playing in the EOS production of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat as "superb."


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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