Doug Balliett, Double Bass

dougDoug Balliett is a prolific artist whose career has spanned classical performance, composition, rap, rock, spoken word, period performance and conducting. As a double bassist he has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Modern Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony (principal and assistant principal), and the Metropolis Ensemble. He has earned fellowships at Tanglewood, where he performed as principal bass under James Levine, Aspen (principal under Jane Glover), National Orchestral Institute (principal under Andrew Litton), National Repertory Orchestra (principal under Carl Topilow), and the Lucerne Academy (principal under Boulez). He also maintains an active life as a recitalist, including live radio recitals, solo recitals throughout New York, and recital tours.
Recent engagements have included double bass concerto performances at Alice Tully Hall and the ACFNY, commissions for new works from SOLI San Antonio and New York’s The Millenials, and tours with his band The Oracle Hysterical in Germany and Switzerland. Upcoming concerts include Dragonetti’s Third Concerto with the Harvard Baroque Orchestra and a new rock opera, Hecuba, to be produced by The Oracle Hysterical with help from OperaCabal.
Mr. Balliett’s compositions have been heard throughout the US, garnering several awards, including prizes in the Frederick Delius Competition, the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship, the Kirkland House Music Award, and Harvard’s first annual Artist Development Grant. Recent compositional projects include a late-night events at the Chelsea Art Museum (as part of his continued residency at the Chelsea Music Festival) and the composer-in-residence Spotlight with The Oracle Hysterical at the Lucerne Festival, where he and his collaborators presented an evening of Grimm songs and a new hip-hopera based on Melville’s Billy Budd. In 2010 Mr. Balliett composed, produced and conducted his popera seria Lucretia. His “virtuoso rapping” was praised by the San Antonio Express-News. The work was recently revived at New York University.
Mr. Balliett graduated from Harvard in 2007 with high honors and recently completed a master’s at The Juilliard School in Historical Performance.

Paul Dwyer, Cello

paulCellist Paul Dwyer continues to look forward and backward, bringing to life everything from early music on baroque cello to brand new works by young composers. He has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works for solo cello and baroque cello, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras across the country. As a chamber musician, Paul has appeared at the Amsterdam Cellobiënnale, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and on faculty concerts of the University of Michigan, including Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Menahem Pressler. The baroque cello has led Paul to collaborations with principal players of Apollo’s Fire, conductors Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman and William Christie, as well as in England with Mark Padmore and Pavlo Beznosiuk. This past March, he performed the world premieres of six solo and chamber music works by young composers in a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan under Richard Aaron. Paul recently spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Amsterdam, working with Frances-Marie Uitti and Anner Bylsma. He now lives in Brooklyn and is pursuing additional studies in the Historical Performance program at The Juilliard School.
Growing up in Vienna and Munich, Paul originally wanted to play the double bass, but was told he was too short. His explorations on the cello began soon thereafter: as a teenager, he co-founded a cello quartet dedicated to heavy metal music, and premiered Prelude for Cello and Didgeridoo by and with Dean Wilmington. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, biking and brewing beer.

Abigail Karr, Violin and Director

purple200pxAbigail Karr is founder and director of Gretchen’s Muse. A native of Boston, she studied violin at Rice University with the late Sergiu Luca, and later at The Juilliard School with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. She performs widely as a chamber and orchestral musician on both historical and modern violin. See Biography.

Amanda Keil, Mezzo-Soprano

amandaMezzo-soprano Amanda Keil sings repertoire that spans over 800 years, from medieval chant to contemporary opera, Baroque monody to operatic mainstays. She has performed with companies such as Dicapo Opera, Boston Camerata, Guerilla Opera, Oregon Bach Festival, and on tour with Musica Nuova in the Northeast and abroad. Ms. Keil created the roles of Hillary Clinton and Gwen Ifill in the world premiere performances and recording of Say it Ain’t so Joe, by Curtis K. Hughes, an opera based on the 2008 vice-presidential debates. As an arts journalist she writes a column on entrepreneurialism for Classical Singer magazine, reviews for, and writes regularly for OPERA America, and her blog, thousandfoldechocom.
As founder and artistic director of Musica Nuova, Ms. Keil curates unconventional programs of early music and produces performances in unexpected venues. Musica Nuova has been Ensemble in Residence at Amherst Early Music and was featured on the Society for Historically Informed Performance Summer Concert Series. Ms. Keil holds a masters degree in voice and historical performance from Boston University and a bachelors degree in French horn from The Hartt School.

Ed Matthew, Clarinet

edmatthew209pxEd Matthew has served as guest-principal clarinetist with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, the American Classical Orchestra, and Musica Angelia. He has performed with Apollo’s Fire, Rebel, Opera Lafayette, Sinfonia New York, Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Concert Royal, Arcadia Players, and other period orchestras. He is a member of the Grenser Trio, Pit Stop Players, and The New York Clarinet Quartet.
On modern clarinet and woodwinds, he is in the orchestra of the Broadway production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ He was a member of the Broadway orchestras for the revival of Meredith Willson’s ‘The Music Man’ and for the Lincoln Center premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s ‘Parade,’ as well as the off-Broadway ‘Fermat’s Last Tango’ by Joshua Rosenblum. His recording of ‘Passages,’ a clarinet concerto by Gary William Friedman, is on the 150Music label. He can also be heard on the RCA Victor, Original Cast Records, PS Classics, and Naxos labels. He was a founding member of Arizona’s award-winning wind quintet Quintessence.
When performing with period ensembles, he plays on reproductions of late 18th-century Grenser Family clarinets by Joel Robinson (boxwood) and Steve Silverstein (maple), and on a Rudolf Tutz basset horn.
By day he is a member of the Promotion Department at G. Schirmer.

Richard Menaul, Horn

rickhornRichard Menaul (1953-2013) enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a freelance horn player and teacher in the Boston area. He was a member of the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, and served as principal horn of the Opera Company of Boston and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He appeared regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and also performed with the Syracuse and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. Concert tours took him to more than fifteen countries on four continents, and to thirty-eight of the fifty states. He played under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Andre Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Colin Davis, and James Levine among others. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. Mr. Menaul held a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. His teachers included Dale Clevenger, John Covert, and Joseph Singer. He taught at Boston University.

Kyle Miller, viola

kyleViolist Kyle Miller is a member of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program, in which he studies with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. Kyle has performed on “Baroque” viola with many ensembles in the New York City area, including: Juilliard415; the Quodlibet ensemble; the Sebastian Chamber Players; and Juilliard Baroque, with whom Kyle performed J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 alongside Monica Huggett. Before joining the Historical Performance program, Kyle earned a Master of Music degree from Juilliard as a student of Hsin-Yun Huang and Steven Tenenbom. Kyle has performed on “modern” viola in chamber music performances alongside Shmuel Ashkenasi, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, Grigory Kalinovsky, Mikhail Kopelman, and Carol Rodland. Kyle completed undergraduate studies as a student of Carol Rodland at both the New England Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, the latter at which he graduated with High Distinction and the Performer’s Certificate. In recent summers, Kyle has attended the Heifetz International Music Institute, Castleman Quartet Program, Sarasota Music Festival, and Chamber Music Workshop at the Perlman Music Program. In 2012, Kyle joined the Juilliard Orchestra for a BBC Proms Festival concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall. He also joined the ensemble ACRONYM in their debut recording of the sonatas of Johann Christoph Pezel.

Adriane Post, Viola

adriane307pxAdriane Post can be heard across the US with ensembles such as Apollo’s Fire, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra and Sarasa among others and as co-concertmaster and soloist with New Trinity Baroque. Adriane received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory and her masters as part of the inaugural class of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program. She has appeared as concertmaster and soloist with Juilliard415 under the direction of Jordi Savall and Nicholas McGegan. Recent touring has brought her to concert halls such as Alice Tully Hall, Severance Hall, Teatro Real in Madrid. Adriane plays with the Knights orchestra in NY, and self-conducted A Far Cry in Boston. Recent festivals include the Carmel Bach Festival, Ravinia, Piccolo Spoleto and the Magnolia Baroque Festival in the US, the International Handel Festival in Germany and Vammala Early Music Festival in Finland.

Katie Rietman, Cello

katie210pxKatie Rietman has performed as a baroque cellist on over 45 CD recordings and numerous concerts and radio broadcasts with notable baroque and classical period instrument ensembles worldwide. Her performing career has taken her to 19 countries in Europe, North America and South America. Ms. Rietman studied baroque cello in the Netherlands and subsequently lived and worked in Cologne, Germany for 10 years before moving to New York City, where she currently resides. She is currently principal cellist of the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Clarion Society, the West Side Chamber Orchestra, Concert Royal, the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, and the Aradia Ensemble. This season she will perform with groups in New York, Washington, Toronto, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Kansas City, El Paso, and Santa Fe. She is a chamber music prizewinner of the Bonporti Competition (Italy) and semi-finalist of the van Wassanaer competition (Netherlands). In addition, she has coached baroque and modern string players at Yale University, Bard College, Catholic University of Peru, and University of Alabama.

Andrew Schwartz, Bassoon

andrewb&wBassoonist Andrew Schwartz has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. His intriguing career spans from frequent appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to jazz recordings with Winton Marsalis, and special children’s concerts as the principal bassoonist of the Little Orchestra Society. He has also appeared with New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Orpeheus and the New York Pops. Mr.Schwartz is a member of the New York Chamber Soloists.
Additionally, Mr. Schwartz is one of the most sought after musicians on Historical instruments. He is principal bassoon with The Handel & Hadyn Society, Boston Baroque, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and The American Classical Orchestra. He has performed with many of the world’s premiere period instrument organizations that include Philharmonia Baroque, The Aulos Ensemble, Wiener Akademie, The Age of Enlightment, Tafelmusic and Rebel. He was principal bassoon of the Royal Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra in Stockholm Sweden for fourteen summers.
Mr. Schwartz has appeared as a soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, The Morgan Library, New York; the Musikverien, in Vienna, Austria; Jordan Hall, Boston, Mass. He has recorded extensively, including the entire chamber music works for winds and the late Operas of Mozart for Decca/ L’Oiseau Lyre.
A native of Chicago, Mr. Schwartz received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. His wife, Jill LeVine, a professional photographer, and two teenage daughters, Hannah and Lena, spend summers at their home in Vermont.

Vita Wallace, Violin

vita209pxVita Wallace is known as a powerful, sensitive, and versatile musician. The New York Times has recently noted her “fine” and “potent” interpretations of music from the 13th to the 21st centuries. She is a member of the Baroque ensembles Anima, ARTEK, the Dryden Ensemble, and Foundling, and has been a guest artist with Parthenia, Festival Scarlatti in Sicily, and numerous other medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque ensembles and festivals. Vita and her brother, Ishmael, have performed, recorded, and taught extensively as the Orfeo Duo. They recently recorded all of the Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano on period instruments for the Frederick Collection of Historical Pianos; Early Music notes that the Orfeo Duo’s “sense of ensemble and communication is impeccable… These are singularly passionate performances.”

Yi-Heng Yang, Harpsichord and Fortepiano

yiheng217pxPianist and fortepianist Yi-heng Yang has been noted by The New York Times for “astonishing skill and vividness,” and “absolute mastery” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer. As a soloist and collaborator, she engages in a diverse range of musical activities, from performing on historical instruments to premiering works by living composers.
Recent recitals have been at the Cobbe Collection, the Finchcocks Musical Museum, Sirakawa Gallery Japan, Trinity Lutheran Church NYC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe, and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe.
Ms. Yang was recently awarded first prize at the first Square Piano Competition of the “Amsterdam Virtuosi” Festival 2011. She was also winner of The Juilliard School’s Mozart Piano Concerto Competition and the Haddonfield Symphony Concerto Competition, has been soloist with The New Juilliard Ensemble, the York Symphony Orchestra of Toronto, and The Juilliard Orchestra, in such venues as Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls.
She is a faculty member of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and has given guest lectures on period performance topics at schools such as The New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Yi-heng is keyboardist in the Elbereth Duo, “Small is Beautiful” Ensemble, and the Davidsbund Piano Trio.
Yi-heng holds a doctorate in piano performance at The Juilliard School as a student of Robert McDonald, and wrote a doctoral paper entitled “Performing Schumann’s Piano Music: Clues from The Clara Schumann School and Period Instruments.” In addition, she earned a Masters degree summa cum laude in fortepiano at the Amsterdam Conservatory, under the tutelage of renowned fortepianist Stanley Hoogland.
Yi-heng was a recipient of the Harvey Fellowship and the Huygens Grant and lives in NYC with her husband double bassist Max Zeugner.

Beiliang Zhu, Cello

_MG_3050Beiliang Zhu won the 1st prize and the Audience Award at the XVIII International Bach Competition 2012 (Violoncello/Baroque Violoncello) as the first string player to have received this honor on a baroque instrument. She received her Master of Music from the Juilliard School in Historical Performance, Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Beiliang is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, under the guidance of Steven Doane.
Hailed by the New York Times as “particularly exciting”, and by the New Yorker as bringing “telling nuances”, and being “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild”, Beiliang has performed with internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles, such as William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Monica Huggett, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Juilliard Baroque, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Trinity Wall Street Orchestra and many more. As Beiliang is interested in a wide range of repertoire and different roles as a modern cellist, baroque cellist, and violist da gamba, she has won a section cellist position of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during undergraduate, has held the principal cellist position of Mercury Houston, and has won awards including the Eastman Cello Concerto Competition, 2nd prize in the Holland America Music Society International Competition, and the 2010 Henry I. Goldberg Young Artist Prize at the American Bach Soloists Academy. Visit

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