Leah Gale Nelson, violin, specializes in the historical performance practices of the 17th and 18th centuries. She has performed as a soloist,chamber musician and leader throughout North America and in Europe, and has led landmark performances in New York City, including U.S. premieres of passions by Telemann (Luke, 1748; Matthew, 1746) and C.P.E. Bach (Matthew, 1769) at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields where she is Artist in Residence. She has served as concertmaster with Chicago Opera Theater and Aspen Music Festival, as guest director for Lyra Baroque Orchestra in Minneapolis, has performed with Boston Camerata, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Dublin’s Opera Theatre Company, and for the Scarlatti Festival in Palermo, Sicily. Her recording of Biber’s “Rosary Sonatas” was released to critical acclaim in 2011, Biber: The Sacred Mysteries (Lyrichord). www.leahgalenelson.com
FORTEPIANO & HARPSICHORD
Dongsok Shin was born in Boston and has specialized on early keyboard instruments for over 35 years. A member of the internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble REBEL since 1997, he has free lanced with many of the finest period instrument ensembles in the US, has accompanied Renée Fleming, Rufus Müller, and Barthold Kuijken, has toured throughout the Americas and Europe, has been heard on many radio broadcasts, and has recorded and produced recordings for many labels. He tunes and maintains harpsichords in the New York area, including for the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum.
BAROQUE GUITAR, CITTERN, VOICE, WINDS
Grant Herreid performs frequently on early reeds, brass, strings and voice with many US early music ensembles. A specialist in early opera, he has played theorbo, lute and baroque guitar with the Chicago Opera Theater, Aspen Music Festival, Portland Opera, and New York City Opera. A noted teacher and educator, he is the recipient of Early Music America’s Laurette Goldberg award for excellence in early music outreach and education. He directs the Yale Collegium Musicum, and the Yale Baroque Opera Project (YBOP). Grant also directs the New York Continuo Collective, and recently played hurdy gurdy, lute, theorbo, cittern, and percussion in the Broadway productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III, starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry. He has created and directed several theatrical early music shows, and he devotes much of his time to exploring the esoteric unwritten traditions of early music with the ensemble Ex Umbris.
Caroline Copeland is a member of the New York Baroque Dance Company and has performed with the troupe across the United States and Europe, most notably at the Drottningholm Palace Theater, the Guggenheim Museum, and at Potsdam Sanssouci. She is also the Director of Touchstone, a project of the NYBDC that brings innovative programming to historical sites across New York. As a solo performer, Caroline has collaborated with many early music groups including The Four Nations Ensemble, The New York Collegium, Brooklyn Baroque, The New Dutch Academy, Bourbon Baroque, and the New York Consort of Viols. And since 2000, Caroline has appeared as a guest artist and choreographer with the Boston Early Music Festival. Her choreography has been presented at the historic Federal Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Public Theater, and the Philipszaal in the Hague. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches ballet at Hofstra University.