SARAH CUNNINGHAM, gamba

Ms. Cunningham, who co-founded the ensemble Sonnerie with Monica Huggett, has toured around the world with numerous ensembles, including Sonnerie, Fretwork, Phantasm, Sequentia, Camerata Kilkenny, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has performed as a soloist under such conductors as Simon Rattle, John Elliott Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, and Ton Koopman, and has recorded extensively on ASV, Virgin/EMI, Harmonia Mundi, and Warner. A former faculty member at Hochschule fuer Kuenst in Germany, the Guildhall School in London, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Ms. Cunningham has presented workshops and master classes in such locations as Sweden, Canada, London, Boston, New York, and San Francisco. In addition, she is the founder and first artistic director of the East Cork Early Music Festival in Ireland and is a founding member of Les Filles de Sainte Colombe.

 

LORENZO COLITTO, concertmaster


Lorenzo Colitto has been praised for his “juicy and robust tone” by The Boston Globe, and called “an exciting soloist” by The New York Times. A leading Baroque violinist in Europe and the founder of Archipelago, Mr. Colitto’s performances have taken him from Slovenia to Japan, from Australia to the Americas. He acts as a guest leader in Europa Galante, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Accademia Bizantina, Al Ayre Español, Elyma, Divino Sospiro, and is recently appointed concertmaster of New York Baroque Incorporated, a dynamic period-instrument ensemble based in New York City. Mr. Colitto can be heard on numerous recordings byHarmonia Mundi, Virgin EMI, Opus 111, Tactus, Ambroisie, K617, Brilliant, and Alpha. 
As an educator, Mr. Colitto is on faculty in the Early Music Departments at Frosinone and l'Aquila Conservatories in Italy, and teaches Baroque violin in European Union Baroque Orchestra, and Joven Orquesta Nacional de España. He frequently leads master-classes in Spain, Hong-Kong, Australia, France and Portugal.
Born in Rome, Mr. Colitto studied violin at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia. In 1993, he discovered his passion and interest for the historical performance practice, and furthered his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland with Thomas Hengelbrock and Chiara Banchini. 

A dedicated scholar, Mr. Colitto is currently researching on unknown operas by composers from Bologna, which has risen large interests in the music and publishing world. He is also dedicated to one of the national dishes of his country, and holds a degree in professional pizza making at the Associazione Pizzerie Italiane.
 

WEN YANG, violone

Wen Yang plays double bass and viola da gamba, and has earned praise both for her “angelically played” solos (Charleston Today) and for “knocking people off their seats” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune). She enjoys being a freelance musician, and has performed with musicians including William Christie, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Monica Huggett, Ton Koopman, and Richard Egarr. Wen is the founder and artistic director of New York Baroque Incorporated. www.NYBaroque.org

An alum 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 can also be found cooking, and living in New York City with her husband, cellist Ezra Seltzer, and two tuxedo cats, Ollie and Mimi.

 

CHARLES WEAVER, lute

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.

EZRA SELTZER, cello

Hailed for his “scampering virtuosity” (American Record Guide) and “superb” playing (The New York Times), cellist Ezra Seltzer is the principal cellist of the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, the Sebastians, and Early Music New York. He has frequently appeared as guest principal cellist of Musica Angelica, Orchester Wiener Akademie, the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Yale Schola Cantorum, the Quodlibet Ensemble, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he earned praise for his “delicate elegance and rambunctious spirit” (Twin Cities Pioneer Press) in performances of all six Brandenburg Concertos. Other performances with the SPCO include Handel’s Messiah with Jonathan Cohen and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Paul McCreesh. With Musica Angelica, he appeared as continuo cellist in performances of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion in Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and also performed in an international tour with soprano Emma Kirkby and countertenor Daniel Taylor. He has also been a soloist and principal cellist at the Boulder Bach Festival, and will be the associate principal cellist at the Carmel Bach Festival this summer. 

In his hometown of New York City, Ezra can be found performing Bach cantatas weekly at the acclaimed Bach@One series at Trinity Church Wall Street with the Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, which named him principal cello in 2015. With New York Baroque Incorporated, he has appeared throughout the United States, including collaborations with Vivica Genaux, Richard Egarr, and The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, and in venues from the Spoleto Festival USA to Carnegie Hall. He is a founding member of the Sebastians, which have been called New York’s “leading young early-music ensemble” (The New York Times) and also performs frequently with the vocal ensemble TENET, including at the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, Berkshire Bach in Massachusetts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He can be heard on recordings with the Sebastians, the Quodlibet Ensemble, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and recently recorded selected cantatas of Nicolaus Bruhns with Masaaki Suzuki for BIS Records.

He attended Yale University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in history and Master of Music in cello, and graduated from the inaugural class of Juilliard’s historical performance program.

 

BETH WENSTROM, violin

Praised for her "vitality and eloquent phrasing, as well as agility" (The Strad), Beth Wenstrom has performed as soloist and concertmaster with Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Sebastian Chamber Players and Quodlibet Ensemble. Beth is a founding member of Wayward Sisters, winner of the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Competition as well as an original member of the “vital and vibrant” ensemble, ACRONYM (Classics Today.) Beth also plays in the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Apollo's Fire and loves recording with artists such as children's singer-songwriter Justin Roberts and film score composer Evan Wilson.

Beth serves as the string coach for the baroque ensemble at SUNY Stony Brook and has coached baroque ensembles at Rutgers University. She has become a recurring guest teacher at Oberlin Conservatory, teaching at Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin during the past two summers, as well as leading and coaching the conservatory's Oberlin Baroque Orchestra for the second time in 2019.

Born, raised and musically trained in Fairbanks, Alaska, Beth continued her education with a BM from Oberlin Conservatory, an MM from NEC and a DMA from SUNY Stony Brook. She received a Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School in the inaugural class of the historical performance division. Her principal teachers have included Marilyn McDonald, Lucy Chapman, Pamela Frank, Soovin Kim, Cynthia Roberts and Monica Huggett.

RICHARD EGARR, Conductor and Keyboard

Everything sounds newly minted, burting with vitality
— BBC Music Magazine

Egarr was appointed Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music in 2006, and shortly thereafter he established the Choir of the AAM. He is Associate Artist with the Scottish Chamber and guests with leading orchestras such as London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, and Philadelphia, as well as period ensembles such as Handel and Haydn Society Boston. As well as an accomplished conductor, he is a brilliant harpsichordist, and equally skilled on the organ and fortepiano. He has performed as soloist throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA, and has recorded many discs for Harmonia Mundi, notably of JS Bach, Couperin, Purcell, and Mozart. He trained as a choirboy at York Minster, was organ scholar at Clare College Cambridge, and later studied with Gustav and Marie Leonhardt. He teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and is Visiting Artist at the Juilliard School in New York. 

Richard Egarr is represented by Intermusica.