Combining a dynamic and expressive style with intelligence and sensitivity, cellist Jacques Lee Wood is gaining attention as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician of the highest caliber. A versatile artist, Wood’s interest in teaching, and research supplements an active performance career that covers a broad range of repertoire and interests: from historically informed performance of the Baroque, Classic, and Romantic periods to newly composed works.
Most recently, Mr. Wood performed the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Ureuk Symphony at Merkin Hall in New York City. Other recent, noteworthy performances include a Carnegie Hall recital with the Yale Baroque Ensemble, the Asian premiere of American composer Russell Peck’s Voice of the Wood with the Pohang Symphony Orchestra, a Tokyo debut recital at Sonorium Hall, and lecture-recitals at Yale University, Auburn University and the University of Connecticut that discuss issues of historical performance practice in Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas.
Jacques has received top prizes at the ARTS Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has collaborated and worked with many distinguished musicians such as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Peter Salaff, Terry King, Leslie Parnas and members of the Juilliard, Vermeer, Tokyo, Rasumofsky and Keller String Quartets. He is currently a member of the Bachsolisten Seoul, Sebastian Chamber Players, Solare Chamber Players, and the American Baroque Orchestra.
Mr. Wood is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Yale University and a Visiting Fellow in Early Music at the Yale School of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music at Yale University under Laurence Lesser and Aldo Parisot, respectively. Mr. Wood is a Swiss Global Artist.
Kathryn Aaron, soprano, is an established interpreter of early vocal repertory. Her unique blend of musicality and scholarship encompasses a repertoire that spans from the liturgical drama of Hildegard von Bingen to the operatic flare of Handel and beyond. She marked her Washington, DC debut in 2001 performing the role of Poetry in Les Arts Florissants with the Violins of Lafayette directed by Ryan Brown and appeared with the Boston Early Music Festival in their 2003 production of Ariadne. In 2005 she joined forces with the Bloomington Early Music Festival as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Dixit Dominus and performed the prima donna role of Elisa in the festival’s period performance of the Mozart opera Il re pastore. In regular demand as an oratorio singer she has shared stage as a soloist with Masaki Suzuki, Nic McGegan, Paul Hillier, and Simon Carrington. In the summer of 2009 she was a soloist for the Discovery Series at the Oregon Bach Festival as well as a member of the Festival Ensemble of Stuttgart, all under the direction of Helmut Rilling. Highlights of the 2010 season include soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah for the American Baroque Orchestra conducted by Mark Bailey, Bach’s B-minor Mass with the Arcadia players conducted by Ian Watson, a mid-west tour of Renaissance mannerist music with Pomerium conducted by Alexander Blachly, and selected works of Handel with The Knights Orchestra in a program led by Alan Murchie.
Karina Fox holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her early music studies began at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald, Miho Hashizume and David Breitman. She continued her training in the Apollo’s Fire Apprentice Program in Cleveland while serving as concertmaster of the Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra. Based in Boston, Ms. Fox is currently principal second violin with Tempesta di Mare in Philadelphia, principal violist with Apollo’s Fire, assistant-principal violist of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, and violist with New York State Baroque. She has played with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Boston Camerata, Blue Heron, Les Delices, Exultemus, the American Opera Theater in Washington, D.C., the Trinity Consort in Portland, OR, the Rutland Baroque Orchestra in Vermont, the Dryden Ensemble, and the Harvard Baroque Orchestra.
Soprano Mara Hazzard-Wallingford has performed in Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall, Miami’s Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and New Haven’s Woolsey Hall at Yale. Equally at home as an ensemble singer and a soloist, Mara has sung with the New Haven Oratorio Choir and Orchestra, Westchester Concert Singers, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Handel & Haydn Society. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude with distinction in vocal performance from Boston University and a Master of Music degree with honors in vocal performance from New England Conservatory. She has performed under the batons of Christopher Hogwood, Grant Llewellyn, Paul McCreesh, Andrew Parrot, Nicholas McGegan, John Finney and Mark Bailey.
Colin Meinecke is active as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and Baroque violist/violinist. In 2009, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Susan Dubois (viola) and Cynthia Roberts (Baroque viola and violin). In addition to his Baroque studies at UNT, he has worked with Marilyn McDonald, Robert Mealy, Jane Starkman. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music at Yale University where he studies with Ettore Causa.
Johanna Novom is Associate Concertmaster of Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. A first prize winner of the American Bach Soloists’ Young Artists competition in 2008, Johanna appears as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral payer with ensembles throughout the country, such as the American Bach Soloists, Chatham Baroque, the Dallas Bach Society, New York State Baroque, and the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, and is a core member of the newer ensembles Flying Forms, the Sebastian Chamber Players, and the American Baroque Orchestra. She has performed at festivals internationally, including the Carmel Bach Festival, Moscow’s Golden Mask Festival, the Magnolia Baroque Festival, and Le Festival de Sedières. Johanna completed her Master’s in Historical Performance at Oberlin Conservatory in 2007, where she studied on both historical and modern instruments with Marilyn McDonald. Currently based out of New Haven, CT, Johanna is a fellowship member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Robert Mealy.
Joan Plana is a baroque violinist and founding member of the baroque ensemble CONCITATO, and has been praised for his “…finger-knotting virtuosity…” (Yorkshire Post, England). He is also an inaugural member of the new Historical Performance Program at the Juilliard School of New York, where he studies with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. With CONCITATO he has appeared in venues in New York, Chicago, Montreal and Cleveland. The ensemble was the only American group on the finals of the 2009 York International Young Artists Competition (England).
Joan plays regularly with several baroque groups such as Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), L’Academie (Boston) or Baroque Band (Chicago). At Juilliard, he plays with “Juilliard 415” and has collaborated with “Juilliard Baroque” in concerts in New York and Madrid. His appearances around the country include concerts at the “Dame Myra Hess Concerts” in Chicago and the Ravinia, Aspen and the Boston Early Music Festival.
Joan got interested in the Historical Performance Practice following his arrival in Cleveland in 2005. He joined the Case-CIM Baroque Orchestra at the Case Western Reserve University, where he studied with Julie Andrijeski, Cynthia Roberts and Miho Hashizume. He became concertmaster, soloist and guest conductor of the ensemble. In 2008 he received an Early Music Certificate from Case Western University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Benjamin Thorburn, bass, is active in the New Haven area as a singer, conductor, and teacher. An experienced singer of Baroque music, he has recently performed with the Elm City Consort and in several concerts with the New Haven Oratorio Choir. With the Yale Baroque Opera Project, he sang the role of Caronte in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and appeared in the recent production of Cavalli’s Scipione affricano. Mr. Thorburn has studied historical performance practice at the Amherst Early Music Festival and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. At Yale, he has sung in Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Opera, and Yale Collegium Musicum. Originally from Maynard, Massachusetts, Mr. Thorburn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Rochester. He studies voice with Lielle Berman and also teaches privately in the New Haven area. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Yale, where he is completing his dissertation on twentieth-century adaptations of Monteverdi’s operas.