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.