ALAN CHOO

Alan Choo, violin, “was a dynamo, delivering lines with panache. He exemplified virtuosity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). A leading soloist, chamber musician and historical specialist, Alan made his solo debut with Apollo’s Fire at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Music Festivals in 2017. He currently serves as Artistic Leadership Fellow for AF, where he takes on the roles of soloist, concertmaster, and guest director. He is also Founder/Artistic Director of Red Dot Baroque, Singapore’s first professional period ensemble and Ensemble-in-Residence at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. In May 2019 he was invited as guest concertmaster and soloist with the Shanghai-based baroque ensemble, Shanghai Camerata.

As a modern violinist, Alan has appeared as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, and more. A proponent of contemporary music, Alan is co-founder of SG Inspirations, a project dedicated to performing works by Singaporean composers. In 2015, he recorded the SG Inspirations commemorative CD album with pianist Lin Hengyue as a gift to their nation on Singapore’s 50th anniversary. His piano trio Trio Phoenix combines both worlds of early and contemporary music by performing works by living composers and exploring the wealth of baroque repertoire performed with stylistic awareness on modern instruments. The trio completed their Asia Summer Tour in 2015 to critical acclaim, with repertoire ranging from Jean-Philippe Rameau to Alfred Schnittke, and were guest artists at the Lexington Bach Festival 2017.

Alan’s achievements in all areas of performance have earned him awards such as the Early Music Award 2016 from Peabody Conservatory, the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence 2015, the Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award 2014, the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music 2014 and 1st prize in the National Piano and Violin Competition 2011, Artist Category. He has also given masterclasses and lectures in violin performance, performance practice and stage presence to college students at Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin-Wallace College, Bowling Green State University, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Alan holds a Doctorate in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University, where he studied with Julie Andrijeski. His previous teachers include Risa Browder, Victor Danchenko and Alexander Souptel.

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REBECCA MYERS

Soprano Rebecca Myers is a celebrated performing and recording artist who specializes in a comprehensive variety of repertoire including early, contemporary, and chamber music.

Recent seasons have seen solo engagements with Seraphic Fire, Tempesta di Mare, Lyric Fest, Opera Philadelphia, Apollo’s Fire, the CalPoly Bach Festival, and Philadelphia’s Bach @ 7 series. Also a highly sought after recital artist, Rebecca has been featured in art song recitals with pianists Laura Ward and Benjamin C.S. Boyle presented by the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA), The Woodmere Art Museum, and Opus Opera.

Acclaimed for her work in the field of new music, Rebecca is a core member of The Crossing, the two time GRAMMY winning ensemble dedicated entirely to new music. She has premiered works by the top living composers around the world and she was a soloist on the 2016 GRAMMY nominated Bonhoeffer, released by The Crossing. She is also a founding member of the cutting edge vocal sextet Variant 6.

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ELISA SUTHERLAND

Known for her “soul-infused expressiveness and unselfconscious joie de vivre” (New York Music Daily), mezzo-soprano Elisa Sutherland is dedicated to detailed, stylistic interpretations of early and new music. This upcoming season, Elisa will appear as a soloist with TENET Vocal Artists in the role of “Conversation” in Charpentier’s opera Les Plaisirs de Versailles, and with Apollo’s Fire in a program of Buxtehude and Bach cantatas. She also will dance and sing in a new collaboration with New Chamber Ballet, and perform in the NY premiere of Daron Hagen’s latest song cycle with Brooklyn Art Song Society.

Elisa sings frequently with the top ensembles of the United States, including The Crossing, TENET Vocal Artists, Roomful of Teeth, Seraphic Fire, and Clarion Choir. She has a special passion for one-on-a-part vocal chamber music, and is a core member of Ekmeles, a sextet dedicated to exploring microtonal tuning and extended techniques, and a co-founder of the early and new music sextet, Variant 6.

Elisa has appeared as a soloist with American Bach Soloists, Apollo Chorus of Chicago, and Quicksilver Baroque, singing Bach’s Mass in b minor, Handel’s Messiah, and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri. She was a soloist on The Crossing’s GRAMMY-nominated album, “Boenhoffer,” and has sung on two other GRAMMY®-winning records. Elisa has a special love for art song, and in addition to performing with her recital partner, pianist Wei-Han Wu, has sung with LyricFest, Philadelphia’s premiere art song concert series, and Brooklyn Art Song Society.

In addition to winning the Philadelphia District of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 2015, Elisa is the 2014 winner of the Lynne Harvey Cooper Award, and was the first-place winner of the inaugural Handel Aria Competition at the Madison Early Music Festival in 2013. Recent opera roles include Hera in Chris Cerrone’s All Wounds Bleed, Ensemble in Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta with the Prototype Festival, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Meg in Little Women, Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Nancy in Albert Herring. Elisa is also remembered for her Blazing Saddles – Madeline Kahn impression in a production of Die Fledermaus.

Elisa graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. She lives in Brooklyn.

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“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)