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.
2018-2019 Season Roster
Olivier Brault, rotating concertmaster
A native of Montreal, Olivier holds a doctorate in baroque violin from the University of Montreal, and can be heard on over 60 CD recordings. He serves on the faculty of McGill University as baroque violin teacher.
Johanna Novom, rotating concertmaster
Johanna holds a Master’s in baroque violin from Oberlin Conservatory and was a First Prize winner of the 2008 American Bach Soloists Young Artists Competition. She is a member of the Diderot String Quartet.
Adriane Post, rotating concertmaster
Adriane holds a Master’s in baroque violin from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s from Oberlin Conservatory. She is a member of the Diderot String Quartet.
Susanna Perry Gilmore, rotating concertmaster
Susanna enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and is currently the concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony. She holds degrees from Oxford University (UK) and the New England Conservatory.
*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.
Karina Schmitz, principal
A member of AF since she was 19, Karina holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, CIM, and New England Conservatory.
*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 and serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music.
**Mimé Yamahiro Brinkmann
Rebecca Landell Reed
Sue Yelanjian, principal
Sue is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and CIM, and performs frequently with Tafelmusik in Toronto.
Luke Conklin, folk flute, recorder & shawm
Maxine Eilander, baroque harp
Luke Conklin, medieval harp
John Lenti, theorbo, guitar
William Simms, theorbo, guitar
Brian Kay, guitar, oud, theorbo
*Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord
Peter Bennett, organ
Thomas Forrest Kelly, organ
* denotes founding players
** on leave, 2018-19