Akron 25th Anniversary Season Launch Concert
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – rediscovered
Alan Choo,violin
Susanna Perry Gilmore,violin
René Schiffer,cello
Ezra Setzler,cello
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 7:30PM
The BATH Church (UCC)
With post-concert Reception & Toast to kick off this celebratory season!

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of AF’s Akron Series 1995-2020
 

“We in Akron are fortunate to have Apollo’s Fire coming to our doorsteps”
– AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

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Meet the Artists

  • ALAN CHOO
    ALAN CHOO
    violin
  • SUSANNA PERRY GILMORE
    SUSANNA PERRY GILMORE
    violin
  • RENÉ SCHIFFER
    RENÉ SCHIFFER
    cello
  • EZRA SELTZER
    EZRA SELTZER
    cello
A Masque for the Four Seasons, by Walter Crane, 1905-1909, oil on canvas

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

ALAN CHOO
violin

has been described by The Straits Times Singapore as “an intoxicating brew of poetry and dare‐devilry.” A versatile and all-rounded violinist who specializes in period instruments, he is dedicated to bringing works of the past to life by performing them with a historically informed style in the context of today.

His recent concerto appearances as a baroque violinist include collaborations with the Tafelmusik Winter Institute Orchestra, Case Baroque Orchestra and Baltimore Baroque Band. In July 2017 he tours with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra as a soloist to places such as the Tanglewood Music Festival and Ravinia Music Festival. Other groups he has played with include Tempesta di Mare, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Ensemble Belvedere and Charm City Baroque. In 2015, he received a grant from Early Music America to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival, and also received the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence 2015.

A winner of the Excellence in Early Music Award from Peabody Conservatory in 2016, Alan also plays renaissance instruments and together with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble toured the Dominican Republic as part of the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival 2016. He is a current member of The Queenes Violyns, a Cleveland-based Renaissance violin band dedicated to bringing Renaissance dance music to the community by performing at unique concert venues. Together with harpsichordist and baroque dancer Qin Ying Tan, he frequently returns back to Singapore to conduct violin masterclasses as well as assist in workshops on continuo playing and baroque dance.

As a modern violinist, he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers. He has also won awards such as 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. In 2015, he spearheaded the new music initiative “SG Inspirations” with pianist Lin Hengyue, which culminated in the release of a CD album of works by Singaporean composers. He is also a founding member of the piano trio Trio Phoenix, which is dedicated to performing contemporary works as well as baroque music in period style on modern instruments. They completed their Asia Summer Tour in 2015 to critical acclaim, with repertoire ranging from Jean-Philippe Rameau to Alfred Schnittke.

Alan was admitted to the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore at the age of 15, where he completed his undergraduate studies with Alexander Souptel. He subsequently earned two Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and Early Music at Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Victor Danchenko and Risa Browder respectively. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practice under Dr. Julie Andrijeski at Case Western Reserve University.

WEBSITE

SUSANNA PERRY GILMORE
violin

enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral concertmaster. Performing on both modern and period instruments and versatile in diverse styles from classical to fiddling, she is hailed as a player who is both “thrilling and sensitive” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “luminous and hypnotic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “authentic with exquisite good taste” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Shehas frequently been heard in chamber ensembles on National Public Radio shows such as Performance Today, A Prairie Home Companion, and America’s Music Festivals.

After beginning her career as a chamber player, at the age of twenty-six Ms. Gilmore became concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. There, as in Omaha, she frequently appeared as a soloist performing works such as Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A Major, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Tzigane, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. In July 2014 she performed the European premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms for solo violin, choir and orchestra in Paris, France. In May 2016 she was guest concertmaster and soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Florida, for a baroque concert and was soloist and leader of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti for the inaugural concert of the Tippet Rise Music Festival, Montana, in June 2016.

Ms. Gilmore has been a frequent guest violinist/fiddler with the acclaimed period music ensemble Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), with whom she appears on the CD Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering(Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) and the CD Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) which features the early 17th-century composer Salamone Rossi. In the spring of 2017 she will perform Sugarloaf Mountain around the U.S. culminating in a performance at the National Gallery in D.C. in April.

Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University (UK), where she studied musicology and performed both early music and symphonic repertoire while studying privately with Yfrah Neaman. She spent a post-graduate year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a Master’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music in the pre-college program and as a child began her violin studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. On baroque violin Ms. Gilmore has studied with Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, and Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Ms. Gilmore learned to play Celtic fiddle in her youth through sitting in on Irish sessions during her years in Nashville and England. In March 2016 she made her Celtic fiddle debut in Omaha on the Celtic Journey pops concerts, which she helped produce.

When not working as a classical and baroque violinist and fiddler, Ms. Gilmore spends time with her two daughters, Katy and Zoe. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin.

RENÉ SCHIFFER
cello

is praised for his “interpretive imagination and patrician command of the cello” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). He is a native of Holland where he was a protégé of Anner Bijlsma. He later studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden and viola da gamba with Catharina Meints. As a member of Sigiswald Kuijken’s La Petite Bande for sixteen years, he toured four continents and appeared many times on European television. He has also performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and in over forty projects with Tafelmusik of Toronto. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared throughout North America and Europe, including such venues as the Royal Theatre of Madrid, and can be heard on acclaimed CD recordings of the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos and the Tango Concerto for Two Gambas (his own composition) on British label AVIE. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the renowned baroque festivals of Utrecht and Bruges, as well as the Flanders Festival and Versailles. He can be heard on more than forty CD recordings, on the Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Virgin Classics, Erato, Sony, and AVIE labels. He serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music as Teacher of Baroque Cello, and has given masterclasses and coachings for the New World Symphony (Miami), the University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, and Cincinnati College-Conservatory.

EZRA SELTZER
cello

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, and Early Music New York and a founding member of the Sebastians. He has frequently appeared as guest principal cellist of Musica Angelica 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 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 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.

ALAN CHOO
violin

has been described by The Straits Times Singapore as “an intoxicating brew of poetry and dare‐devilry.” A versatile and all-rounded violinist who specializes in period instruments, he is dedicated to bringing works of the past to life by performing them with a historically informed style in the context of today.

His recent concerto appearances as a baroque violinist include collaborations with the Tafelmusik Winter Institute Orchestra, Case Baroque Orchestra and Baltimore Baroque Band. In July 2017 he tours with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra as a soloist to places such as the Tanglewood Music Festival and Ravinia Music Festival. Other groups he has played with include Tempesta di Mare, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Ensemble Belvedere and Charm City Baroque. In 2015, he received a grant from Early Music America to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival, and also received the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence 2015.

A winner of the Excellence in Early Music Award from Peabody Conservatory in 2016, Alan also plays renaissance instruments and together with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble toured the Dominican Republic as part of the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival 2016. He is a current member of The Queenes Violyns, a Cleveland-based Renaissance violin band dedicated to bringing Renaissance dance music to the community by performing at unique concert venues. Together with harpsichordist and baroque dancer Qin Ying Tan, he frequently returns back to Singapore to conduct violin masterclasses as well as assist in workshops on continuo playing and baroque dance.

As a modern violinist, he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers. He has also won awards such as 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. In 2015, he spearheaded the new music initiative “SG Inspirations” with pianist Lin Hengyue, which culminated in the release of a CD album of works by Singaporean composers. He is also a founding member of the piano trio Trio Phoenix, which is dedicated to performing contemporary works as well as baroque music in period style on modern instruments. They completed their Asia Summer Tour in 2015 to critical acclaim, with repertoire ranging from Jean-Philippe Rameau to Alfred Schnittke.

Alan was admitted to the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore at the age of 15, where he completed his undergraduate studies with Alexander Souptel. He subsequently earned two Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and Early Music at Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Victor Danchenko and Risa Browder respectively. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practice under Dr. Julie Andrijeski at Case Western Reserve University.

WEBSITE

SUSANNA PERRY GILMORE
violin

enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral concertmaster. Performing on both modern and period instruments and versatile in diverse styles from classical to fiddling, she is hailed as a player who is both “thrilling and sensitive” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “luminous and hypnotic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “authentic with exquisite good taste” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Shehas frequently been heard in chamber ensembles on National Public Radio shows such as Performance Today, A Prairie Home Companion, and America’s Music Festivals.

After beginning her career as a chamber player, at the age of twenty-six Ms. Gilmore became concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. There, as in Omaha, she frequently appeared as a soloist performing works such as Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A Major, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Tzigane, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. In July 2014 she performed the European premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms for solo violin, choir and orchestra in Paris, France. In May 2016 she was guest concertmaster and soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Florida, for a baroque concert and was soloist and leader of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti for the inaugural concert of the Tippet Rise Music Festival, Montana, in June 2016.

Ms. Gilmore has been a frequent guest violinist/fiddler with the acclaimed period music ensemble Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), with whom she appears on the CD Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering(Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) and the CD Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) which features the early 17th-century composer Salamone Rossi. In the spring of 2017 she will perform Sugarloaf Mountain around the U.S. culminating in a performance at the National Gallery in D.C. in April.

Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University (UK), where she studied musicology and performed both early music and symphonic repertoire while studying privately with Yfrah Neaman. She spent a post-graduate year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a Master’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music in the pre-college program and as a child began her violin studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. On baroque violin Ms. Gilmore has studied with Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, and Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Ms. Gilmore learned to play Celtic fiddle in her youth through sitting in on Irish sessions during her years in Nashville and England. In March 2016 she made her Celtic fiddle debut in Omaha on the Celtic Journey pops concerts, which she helped produce.

When not working as a classical and baroque violinist and fiddler, Ms. Gilmore spends time with her two daughters, Katy and Zoe. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin.

RENÉ SCHIFFER
cello

is praised for his “interpretive imagination and patrician command of the cello” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). He is a native of Holland where he was a protégé of Anner Bijlsma. He later studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden and viola da gamba with Catharina Meints. As a member of Sigiswald Kuijken’s La Petite Bande for sixteen years, he toured four continents and appeared many times on European television. He has also performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and in over forty projects with Tafelmusik of Toronto. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared throughout North America and Europe, including such venues as the Royal Theatre of Madrid, and can be heard on acclaimed CD recordings of the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos and the Tango Concerto for Two Gambas (his own composition) on British label AVIE. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the renowned baroque festivals of Utrecht and Bruges, as well as the Flanders Festival and Versailles. He can be heard on more than forty CD recordings, on the Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Virgin Classics, Erato, Sony, and AVIE labels. He serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music as Teacher of Baroque Cello, and has given masterclasses and coachings for the New World Symphony (Miami), the University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, and Cincinnati College-Conservatory.

EZRA SELTZER
cello

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, and Early Music New York and a founding member of the Sebastians. He has frequently appeared as guest principal cellist of Musica Angelica 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 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 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.

ALAN CHOO
violin

has been described by The Straits Times Singapore as “an intoxicating brew of poetry and dare‐devilry.” A versatile and all-rounded violinist who specializes in period instruments, he is dedicated to bringing works of the past to life by performing them with a historically informed style in the context of today.

His recent concerto appearances as a baroque violinist include collaborations with the Tafelmusik Winter Institute Orchestra, Case Baroque Orchestra and Baltimore Baroque Band. In July 2017 he tours with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra as a soloist to places such as the Tanglewood Music Festival and Ravinia Music Festival. Other groups he has played with include Tempesta di Mare, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Ensemble Belvedere and Charm City Baroque. In 2015, he received a grant from Early Music America to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival, and also received the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence 2015.

A winner of the Excellence in Early Music Award from Peabody Conservatory in 2016, Alan also plays renaissance instruments and together with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble toured the Dominican Republic as part of the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival 2016. He is a current member of The Queenes Violyns, a Cleveland-based Renaissance violin band dedicated to bringing Renaissance dance music to the community by performing at unique concert venues. Together with harpsichordist and baroque dancer Qin Ying Tan, he frequently returns back to Singapore to conduct violin masterclasses as well as assist in workshops on continuo playing and baroque dance.

As a modern violinist, he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers. He has also won awards such as 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. In 2015, he spearheaded the new music initiative “SG Inspirations” with pianist Lin Hengyue, which culminated in the release of a CD album of works by Singaporean composers. He is also a founding member of the piano trio Trio Phoenix, which is dedicated to performing contemporary works as well as baroque music in period style on modern instruments. They completed their Asia Summer Tour in 2015 to critical acclaim, with repertoire ranging from Jean-Philippe Rameau to Alfred Schnittke.

Alan was admitted to the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore at the age of 15, where he completed his undergraduate studies with Alexander Souptel. He subsequently earned two Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and Early Music at Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Victor Danchenko and Risa Browder respectively. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practice under Dr. Julie Andrijeski at Case Western Reserve University.

WEBSITE

SUSANNA PERRY GILMORE
violin

enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral concertmaster. Performing on both modern and period instruments and versatile in diverse styles from classical to fiddling, she is hailed as a player who is both “thrilling and sensitive” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “luminous and hypnotic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “authentic with exquisite good taste” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Shehas frequently been heard in chamber ensembles on National Public Radio shows such as Performance Today, A Prairie Home Companion, and America’s Music Festivals.

After beginning her career as a chamber player, at the age of twenty-six Ms. Gilmore became concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. There, as in Omaha, she frequently appeared as a soloist performing works such as Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A Major, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Tzigane, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. In July 2014 she performed the European premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms for solo violin, choir and orchestra in Paris, France. In May 2016 she was guest concertmaster and soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Florida, for a baroque concert and was soloist and leader of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti for the inaugural concert of the Tippet Rise Music Festival, Montana, in June 2016.

Ms. Gilmore has been a frequent guest violinist/fiddler with the acclaimed period music ensemble Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), with whom she appears on the CD Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering(Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) and the CD Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) which features the early 17th-century composer Salamone Rossi. In the spring of 2017 she will perform Sugarloaf Mountain around the U.S. culminating in a performance at the National Gallery in D.C. in April.

Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University (UK), where she studied musicology and performed both early music and symphonic repertoire while studying privately with Yfrah Neaman. She spent a post-graduate year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a Master’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music in the pre-college program and as a child began her violin studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. On baroque violin Ms. Gilmore has studied with Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, and Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Ms. Gilmore learned to play Celtic fiddle in her youth through sitting in on Irish sessions during her years in Nashville and England. In March 2016 she made her Celtic fiddle debut in Omaha on the Celtic Journey pops concerts, which she helped produce.

When not working as a classical and baroque violinist and fiddler, Ms. Gilmore spends time with her two daughters, Katy and Zoe. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin.

RENÉ SCHIFFER
cello

is praised for his “interpretive imagination and patrician command of the cello” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). He is a native of Holland where he was a protégé of Anner Bijlsma. He later studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden and viola da gamba with Catharina Meints. As a member of Sigiswald Kuijken’s La Petite Bande for sixteen years, he toured four continents and appeared many times on European television. He has also performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and in over forty projects with Tafelmusik of Toronto. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared throughout North America and Europe, including such venues as the Royal Theatre of Madrid, and can be heard on acclaimed CD recordings of the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos and the Tango Concerto for Two Gambas (his own composition) on British label AVIE. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the renowned baroque festivals of Utrecht and Bruges, as well as the Flanders Festival and Versailles. He can be heard on more than forty CD recordings, on the Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Virgin Classics, Erato, Sony, and AVIE labels. He serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music as Teacher of Baroque Cello, and has given masterclasses and coachings for the New World Symphony (Miami), the University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, and Cincinnati College-Conservatory.

EZRA SELTZER
cello

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, and Early Music New York and a founding member of the Sebastians. He has frequently appeared as guest principal cellist of Musica Angelica 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 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 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.

ALAN CHOO
violin

has been described by The Straits Times Singapore as “an intoxicating brew of poetry and dare‐devilry.” A versatile and all-rounded violinist who specializes in period instruments, he is dedicated to bringing works of the past to life by performing them with a historically informed style in the context of today.

His recent concerto appearances as a baroque violinist include collaborations with the Tafelmusik Winter Institute Orchestra, Case Baroque Orchestra and Baltimore Baroque Band. In July 2017 he tours with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra as a soloist to places such as the Tanglewood Music Festival and Ravinia Music Festival. Other groups he has played with include Tempesta di Mare, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Ensemble Belvedere and Charm City Baroque. In 2015, he received a grant from Early Music America to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival, and also received the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence 2015.

A winner of the Excellence in Early Music Award from Peabody Conservatory in 2016, Alan also plays renaissance instruments and together with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble toured the Dominican Republic as part of the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival 2016. He is a current member of The Queenes Violyns, a Cleveland-based Renaissance violin band dedicated to bringing Renaissance dance music to the community by performing at unique concert venues. Together with harpsichordist and baroque dancer Qin Ying Tan, he frequently returns back to Singapore to conduct violin masterclasses as well as assist in workshops on continuo playing and baroque dance.

As a modern violinist, he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers. He has also won awards such as 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. In 2015, he spearheaded the new music initiative “SG Inspirations” with pianist Lin Hengyue, which culminated in the release of a CD album of works by Singaporean composers. He is also a founding member of the piano trio Trio Phoenix, which is dedicated to performing contemporary works as well as baroque music in period style on modern instruments. They completed their Asia Summer Tour in 2015 to critical acclaim, with repertoire ranging from Jean-Philippe Rameau to Alfred Schnittke.

Alan was admitted to the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore at the age of 15, where he completed his undergraduate studies with Alexander Souptel. He subsequently earned two Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and Early Music at Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Victor Danchenko and Risa Browder respectively. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practice under Dr. Julie Andrijeski at Case Western Reserve University.

WEBSITE

SUSANNA PERRY GILMORE
violin

enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral concertmaster. Performing on both modern and period instruments and versatile in diverse styles from classical to fiddling, she is hailed as a player who is both “thrilling and sensitive” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “luminous and hypnotic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “authentic with exquisite good taste” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Shehas frequently been heard in chamber ensembles on National Public Radio shows such as Performance Today, A Prairie Home Companion, and America’s Music Festivals.

After beginning her career as a chamber player, at the age of twenty-six Ms. Gilmore became concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. There, as in Omaha, she frequently appeared as a soloist performing works such as Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A Major, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Tzigane, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. In July 2014 she performed the European premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms for solo violin, choir and orchestra in Paris, France. In May 2016 she was guest concertmaster and soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Florida, for a baroque concert and was soloist and leader of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti for the inaugural concert of the Tippet Rise Music Festival, Montana, in June 2016.

Ms. Gilmore has been a frequent guest violinist/fiddler with the acclaimed period music ensemble Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), with whom she appears on the CD Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering(Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) and the CD Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) which features the early 17th-century composer Salamone Rossi. In the spring of 2017 she will perform Sugarloaf Mountain around the U.S. culminating in a performance at the National Gallery in D.C. in April.

Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University (UK), where she studied musicology and performed both early music and symphonic repertoire while studying privately with Yfrah Neaman. She spent a post-graduate year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a Master’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music in the pre-college program and as a child began her violin studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. On baroque violin Ms. Gilmore has studied with Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, and Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Ms. Gilmore learned to play Celtic fiddle in her youth through sitting in on Irish sessions during her years in Nashville and England. In March 2016 she made her Celtic fiddle debut in Omaha on the Celtic Journey pops concerts, which she helped produce.

When not working as a classical and baroque violinist and fiddler, Ms. Gilmore spends time with her two daughters, Katy and Zoe. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin.

RENÉ SCHIFFER
cello

is praised for his “interpretive imagination and patrician command of the cello” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). He is a native of Holland where he was a protégé of Anner Bijlsma. He later studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden and viola da gamba with Catharina Meints. As a member of Sigiswald Kuijken’s La Petite Bande for sixteen years, he toured four continents and appeared many times on European television. He has also performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and in over forty projects with Tafelmusik of Toronto. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared throughout North America and Europe, including such venues as the Royal Theatre of Madrid, and can be heard on acclaimed CD recordings of the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos and the Tango Concerto for Two Gambas (his own composition) on British label AVIE. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the renowned baroque festivals of Utrecht and Bruges, as well as the Flanders Festival and Versailles. He can be heard on more than forty CD recordings, on the Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Virgin Classics, Erato, Sony, and AVIE labels. He serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music as Teacher of Baroque Cello, and has given masterclasses and coachings for the New World Symphony (Miami), the University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, and Cincinnati College-Conservatory.

EZRA SELTZER
cello

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, and Early Music New York and a founding member of the Sebastians. He has frequently appeared as guest principal cellist of Musica Angelica 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 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 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.

ALAN CHOO
violin

has been described by The Straits Times Singapore as “an intoxicating brew of poetry and dare‐devilry.” A versatile and all-rounded violinist who specializes in period instruments, he is dedicated to bringing works of the past to life by performing them with a historically informed style in the context of today.

His recent concerto appearances as a baroque violinist include collaborations with the Tafelmusik Winter Institute Orchestra, Case Baroque Orchestra and Baltimore Baroque Band. In July 2017 he tours with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra as a soloist to places such as the Tanglewood Music Festival and Ravinia Music Festival. Other groups he has played with include Tempesta di Mare, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Ensemble Belvedere and Charm City Baroque. In 2015, he received a grant from Early Music America to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival, and also received the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence 2015.

A winner of the Excellence in Early Music Award from Peabody Conservatory in 2016, Alan also plays renaissance instruments and together with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble toured the Dominican Republic as part of the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival 2016. He is a current member of The Queenes Violyns, a Cleveland-based Renaissance violin band dedicated to bringing Renaissance dance music to the community by performing at unique concert venues. Together with harpsichordist and baroque dancer Qin Ying Tan, he frequently returns back to Singapore to conduct violin masterclasses as well as assist in workshops on continuo playing and baroque dance.

As a modern violinist, he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers. He has also won awards such as 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. In 2015, he spearheaded the new music initiative “SG Inspirations” with pianist Lin Hengyue, which culminated in the release of a CD album of works by Singaporean composers. He is also a founding member of the piano trio Trio Phoenix, which is dedicated to performing contemporary works as well as baroque music in period style on modern instruments. They completed their Asia Summer Tour in 2015 to critical acclaim, with repertoire ranging from Jean-Philippe Rameau to Alfred Schnittke.

Alan was admitted to the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore at the age of 15, where he completed his undergraduate studies with Alexander Souptel. He subsequently earned two Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and Early Music at Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Victor Danchenko and Risa Browder respectively. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practice under Dr. Julie Andrijeski at Case Western Reserve University.

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SUSANNA PERRY GILMORE
violin

enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral concertmaster. Performing on both modern and period instruments and versatile in diverse styles from classical to fiddling, she is hailed as a player who is both “thrilling and sensitive” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “luminous and hypnotic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “authentic with exquisite good taste” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Shehas frequently been heard in chamber ensembles on National Public Radio shows such as Performance Today, A Prairie Home Companion, and America’s Music Festivals.

After beginning her career as a chamber player, at the age of twenty-six Ms. Gilmore became concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. There, as in Omaha, she frequently appeared as a soloist performing works such as Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A Major, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Tzigane, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. In July 2014 she performed the European premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms for solo violin, choir and orchestra in Paris, France. In May 2016 she was guest concertmaster and soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Florida, for a baroque concert and was soloist and leader of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti for the inaugural concert of the Tippet Rise Music Festival, Montana, in June 2016.

Ms. Gilmore has been a frequent guest violinist/fiddler with the acclaimed period music ensemble Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), with whom she appears on the CD Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering(Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) and the CD Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) which features the early 17th-century composer Salamone Rossi. In the spring of 2017 she will perform Sugarloaf Mountain around the U.S. culminating in a performance at the National Gallery in D.C. in April.

Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University (UK), where she studied musicology and performed both early music and symphonic repertoire while studying privately with Yfrah Neaman. She spent a post-graduate year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a Master’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music in the pre-college program and as a child began her violin studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. On baroque violin Ms. Gilmore has studied with Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, and Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Ms. Gilmore learned to play Celtic fiddle in her youth through sitting in on Irish sessions during her years in Nashville and England. In March 2016 she made her Celtic fiddle debut in Omaha on the Celtic Journey pops concerts, which she helped produce.

When not working as a classical and baroque violinist and fiddler, Ms. Gilmore spends time with her two daughters, Katy and Zoe. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin.

RENÉ SCHIFFER
cello

is praised for his “interpretive imagination and patrician command of the cello” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). He is a native of Holland where he was a protégé of Anner Bijlsma. He later studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden and viola da gamba with Catharina Meints. As a member of Sigiswald Kuijken’s La Petite Bande for sixteen years, he toured four continents and appeared many times on European television. He has also performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and in over forty projects with Tafelmusik of Toronto. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared throughout North America and Europe, including such venues as the Royal Theatre of Madrid, and can be heard on acclaimed CD recordings of the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos and the Tango Concerto for Two Gambas (his own composition) on British label AVIE. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the renowned baroque festivals of Utrecht and Bruges, as well as the Flanders Festival and Versailles. He can be heard on more than forty CD recordings, on the Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Virgin Classics, Erato, Sony, and AVIE labels. He serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music as Teacher of Baroque Cello, and has given masterclasses and coachings for the New World Symphony (Miami), the University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, and Cincinnati College-Conservatory.

EZRA SELTZER
cello

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, and Early Music New York and a founding member of the Sebastians. He has frequently appeared as guest principal cellist of Musica Angelica 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 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 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.

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