Apollo’s Fire Musicians

Toronto Group Portrait
Schiffer, Rene CROP
Olivier & Johanna. Medi in Santa Fe

The musicians of Apollo’s Fire are early music artists drawn from an international pool of period-instrument specialists. Gathering in Cleveland from across North America and Europe, these musicians share a common artistic vision, shaped by Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell’s commitment to baroque music as a form of emotional communication. Ms. Sorrell invites musicians according to the specialized repertoire and instrumentation of each program. Many of these artists have been playing with Apollo’s Fire for nearly 20 years, but some of them appear only in program(s) that correspond to their instrument and/or specialty.

2015-2016 Season Roster:


Olivier Brault, concertmaster
A native of Montreal, Olivier holds a doctorate in baroque violin from the University of Montreal, and can be heard on over 20 CD recordings.

Johanna Novom, associate concertmaster
Johanna is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and won First Prize in the American Bach Soloists Young Artists Competition.

*Julie Andrijeski, principal
Julie serves on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University and can be heard on over 10 solo and chamber music recordings on the Dorian label.

Evan Few
Andrew Fouts
Susanna Perry Gilmore†
Edwin Huizinga
Carrie Krause
Augusta McKay-Lodge
Adriane Post
Jennifer Roig-Francoli
Emi Tanabe
Beth Wenstrom**


Karina Schmitz, principal
A member of AF since she was 19, Karina holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, CIM, and New England Conservatory.

Kristen Linfante
Cynthia Black


*René Schiffer, principal
A native of Holland, René was a protégé of the great Anner Bylsma, and can be heard on over 50 recordings. He holds Soloist Diplomas with honors in both modern and baroque cello.

Rebecca Landell Reed
Mimé Yamahiro Brinkmann**
David Ellis**


Sue Yelanjian, principal
Sue is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and CIM, and performs frequently with Tafelmusik in Toronto.

Tracy Rowell

Traverso & Recorder

*Kathie Stewart
Francis Colpron**
Amy Guitry


Debra Nagy
Luke Conklin
Kathryn Montoya


Marc Vallon
Stephanie Corwin**


Kiri Tollaksen
Alexandra Opsahl


Josh Cohen
Joelle Monroe


Erik Schmalz
Mack Ramsey
Peter Collins


Matthew Bassett


Rex Benincasa

Lute / Theorbo

Richard Stone**
John Lenti
William Simms
Simon Martyn-Ellis
Brian Kay


Peter Bennett
Christopher Bagan

Hammered Dulcimer

Tina Bergmann


*Jeannette Sorrell

* denotes founding players
† special projects
** on leave, 2015-16