Isabelle Seula Lee, violin
Praised for her “marvelous” and “scintillating” performances, Isabelle Seula Lee is a founding member of New Amsterdam Consort and plays with ensembles throughout the United States and abroad including New York Baroque Incorporated, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, Bach Collegium at Saint Peter’s and Teatro Nuovo. As a member of Juilliard415, Isabelle has toured in Europe, Canada and India and was a featured soloist on their 2017 tour to New Zealand under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki.
Lee was born in South Korea and began her musical career in Russia. She made her debut as a concerto soloist at the age of eleven and has appeared as a soloist with the Tele-Radio Symphony Orchestra in Russia, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Conservatory Symphony, Lynn Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra of Estonia. She has received top prizes from the International Competition of Young Musicians in Tallinn, Estonia, the Schloss Well an der Pram International Violin Competition in Austria, the Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition, and the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota String Competition. She was awarded full scholarships to study at Lynn University (BA), the Juilliard School (MM), Yale School of Music (Artist Diploma), and most recently completed her second master’s in Historical Performance at the Juilliard School. Her teachers include Elmar Oliveira, Hyo Kang, Naoko Tanaka, Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, Monica Huggett, and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
Performing with “flamboyance and tender eloquence” (The San Francisco Chronicle), international prize-winning violinist Rachell Ellen Wong is recognized as an “emerging artist to watch and seek out” (Early Music America).
Originally from Seattle, Rachell has been a featured soloist with orchestras across the United States and abroad. Notable appearances include Vivaldi’s Winter with American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica UCR in Costa Rica, Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá, tours with the New Zealand String Quartet, and recitals with world-renowned pianists Anton Nel and Byron Schenkman.
Rachell was a prize winner in the XXI International Bach Competition in Leipzig, and has won grand prizes in the 52nd Sorantin International String Competition and the International Crescendo Music Awards. She most recently won the inaugural Next Generation Competition as part of the Gallery Concerts series in Seattle. An avid chamber musician, Rachell regularly performs at Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, California and on the chamber music series Byron Schenkman & Friends in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. She is also a founding member of the New York-based early music ensemble New Amsterdam Consort.
Rachell was recently selected as a Mercury Chamber Orchestra Juilliard Fellow and as an American Fellow of The English Concert. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program, where she was the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship and of the Benzaquen Career Artist Grant. She also holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a full-scholarship Starling Distinguished Violinist recipient, and from Indiana University, where she was a full-scholarship Jacobs Fellow recipient.
Rachell loves to explore her multi-racial heritage by studying diverse musical styles, including the Scottish fiddle. She performs on a violin made by Carlo de March in Naples in 1953, and on a baroque violin from the school of Joachim Tielke, made in Hamburg in 1700.
Andrew Gonzalez, viola and violoncello da spalla
Hailed by the Strad Magazine for his "warm-hearted playing and mellow tone" Andrew Gonzalez has a diverse career around the world as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and musical entrepreneur. Andrew has been a soloist in orchestras across the country, most recently playing the Walton Viola Concerto with the Virginia Symphony. As a chamber musician, Andrew has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Martin Beaver, and many others. He has participated in music festivals including the Verbier Academy, Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, the Heifetz Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, American Bach Soloists, and many others. Since 2014 Andrew has continuously returned to the Heifetz Institute as an artist-in-residence and has recently been put on the chamber music faculty of their Program for the Exceptionally Gifted.
Andrew began playing the Baroque viola in 2016, studying with Cynthia Roberts at the Juilliard School. He has since performed with renowned artists such as Monica Huggett, Tanya Tompkins, Eric Zivian, Eric Hoeprich and many others. He plays with Quodlibet, a Baroque and Classical ensemble in New York, and has recently performed at the American Bach Soloists and Valley of the Moon Festivals where he studied with both Robert Mealy and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
In the summer of 2018, Andrew began playing the Viola da Spalla, a five-stringed piccolo cello held on the shoulder, and will be using it in a performance of Bach's sixth cello suite at Bargemusic in September. Andrew's Viola da Spalla was made in 2018 by Don Rickert and modeled after the 1732 instrument made by Johann Christian Hoffman for Johann Sebastian Bach.
Dan McCarthy, viola
Dan McCarthy's playing has been described as “virtuosic” by Seen and Heard International. He was part of the first class of Baroque violists accepted into the Historical Performance program at the Juilliard School and currently enjoys a varied career that has taken him everywhere from Myanmar to England. He has served as section violist with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, concertmaster of the Austin Baroque Orchestra, and tenor gambist with Parthenia. He has toured North America, Asia, and Europe with Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists. On the east coast he has played with Artek, Concert Royal, Brooklyn Baroque, Yale Schola Cantorum, and New Vintage Baroque. He is currently engaged with Teatro Nuovo, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Academy of Sacred Drama, Mt. Sinai Concert Series, Grand Harmonie, and La Fiocco.
Keiran Campbell, cello
Keiran Campbell was drawn to the cello after he stumbled across one in his grandmother’s basement and was baffled by its size. At age 8, he began taking lessons (on a much smaller cello) in his native Greensboro, North Carolina. After studying extensively with Leonid Zilper, the former solo cellist of the Bolshoi Ballet, he moved to New York City where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Juilliard School, working with Darrett Adkins, Timothy Eddy, and Phoebe Carrai. Keiran also spent several springs in Cornwall, England, studying with Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, and David Waterman at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.
Keiran has performed with orchestras in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand, including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The English Concert, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Le Concert Des Nations, New York Baroque Incorporated, Philharmonia Baroque, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and Mercury Baroque. In addition, he has explored a wide variety of musical styles and genres through concerts with his baroque chamber groups Voyage Sonique and New Amsterdam Consort, performances of Mozart and Klezmer music with clarinetist David Krakauer at Jazz at Lincoln Center and of electronic and experimental hip-hop with DJ Spooky and Aeon New Music Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. He has appeared as a soloist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Trinity Baroque Orchestra and in productions of Bel canto opera with Will Crutchfield and Teatro Nuovo.
In the fall of 2019, Keiran moved to Toronto to begin his position as a core member of Tafelmusik. When he is not practicing, Keiran is fascinated by instrument making; he is currently building his first violin under the tutelage of Timothy Johnson, who also happens to be the maker of Keiran’s cello.
Robert Warner, harpsichord and director
A native of Pennsylvania, Robert began his musical studies at an early age in piano and violin with faculty of Bucknell University. He holds bachelors degrees in both math and music from the University of Rochester, and became interested in historical performance while exploring the harpsichord and baroque violin at the Eastman School of Music.
As a graduate student at Stony Brook University, Robert studied harpsichord extensively with Arthur Haas while earning masters degrees in both music history and performance, followed by a DMA in harpsichord performance also at Stony Brook. During this time he gave frequent recitals, acted as assistant director of the Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble, and performed on harpsichord and baroque violin in frequent chamber music, opera and orchestral performances.
Upon graduating from Stony Brook, Robert was accepted into the Juilliard School's prestigious Historical Performance program with a full scholarship, continuing his harpsichord studies with Peter Sykes, Richard Egarr and Beatrice Martin. During his two years at Juilliard he participated in projects led by William Christie, Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Masaaki Suzuki and other leading figures in the field of early music with frequent performances in New York City's Alice Tully Hall and international tours to the Netherlands and New Zealand. On top of his activities as a harpsichordist, Robert appeared on Baroque viola in many Juilliard concerts as well.
Robert has participated in most of the country's top early music summer festivals, including the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco and the Oregon Bach Festival's Berwick Academy. He has also been selected to participate in harpsichord masterclasses with Davitt Moroney, Trevor Pinnock and others. Robert now resides in New York City where he continues to be an active performer, appearing with ensembles including Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Academy of Sacred Drama, Three Village Chamber Players, North Shore Pro Musica, Noise Ensemble, and Melius Consort. He is the founder, artistic director and harpsichordist of New Amsterdam Consort as well as a founding member and harpsichordist of Musicivic Baroque and Voyage Sonique.