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Dec 11, 2013

Baroque Music from the Kromeriz Archive

The program will explore well-known gems of the 17th century Baroque by Bilber, Bertali, and Muffat as well as recently discovered anonymous works that reside at Kromeriz, Czech Republic, performed by Tatiana Daubek, Leon Schelhase and Beiliang Zhu.

As the 17th century stylus phantasticus was becoming ever popular by organ composers such as Claudio Merulo in Venice and later Frescobaldi in Rome, a burst of virtuosic violin music was popping up everywhere.  Coined by Athanasius Kircher, it, ‘the most free and unrestrained method of composing, bound to nothing, neither to words nor melodic subject, instituted to display genius and to teach the hidden design of harmony and the ingenious composition of harmonic phrases and fugues.’ In 17th century Moravia, during the reign of Prince-Bishop Carl Liechtenstein-Castelcorn, Kromeriz housed one of the biggest collections of music from central and east central Europe.  More than fifty works for solo violin and continuo were among those works that lived there.  Some have been lost yet other famous composers such as Biber, Schmeltzer, and Muffat have had modern editions of their sonatas published.  Charles Brewer, musicologist, has provided us with a few of these precious pieces that still exist in the Kromeriz archive and has published them as his own findings.  This program will explore well-known gems of the 17th century Baroque by Biber, Bertali, and Muffat as well as recently discovered anonymous works that reside at Kromeriz.

Tatiana Daubek, Baroque violin
Beiliang Zhu, Viola da Gamba
Leon Schelhase, Harpsichord
Kevin Payne, Theorbo and Baroque Guitar


House of time is an exciting new ensemble specializing in music of the Baroque era played on period instruments.  Its members include faculty and graduates of the Juilliard School as well as prize winners of major international competitions. House of Time began as a groups of close friends that wanted the opportunity to perform music that they love for themselves and for a range of audience types.  By presenting our inaugural season free of charge we hope to entice life-long classical music lovers as well as new audiences.  Our programming combines masterpieces of the Baroque with works by lesser known masters and recent discoveries.  Using the instruments and techniques of the past to express the vivid passions in the music, House of Time seeks to make the past speak directly to our culture and provide relief from the fast pace of modern day life.

Tatiana Daubek holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from Boston University and most recently a Master of Music in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded a full scholarship to study under the direction of the distinguished faculty, Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts.  Ms. Daubek is currently pursuing a career as a Baroque violinist because she feels there is an endless amount of variety and color within the style and choice of tools to use when performing. As a free-lance artist, Ms. Daubek plays with numerous period ensembles throughout the country and abroad including Boston Baroque, Cambridge Concentus, Handel and Haydn Society, Musica Angelica, New Trinity Baroque, New York Baroque Inc., etc.  Ms. Daubek took part in Musica Angelica’s tour to South America with multiple performances of The Infernal Comedy starring John Malkovich.  Ms. Daubek is involved with the Festival Jarmily Novotne, a festival commemorating the life of star soprano Jarmila Novotna in the Czech Republic and gave several inaugural performances last September in Liten, Czech Republic.  Aside from music, Tatiana is also a photographer specializing in portraiture.

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Leon Schelhase holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cape Town and a Master’s degree in Historical Performance from Boston University, where he was a student of Peter Sykes.  Mr. Schelhase performed with Emmanuel Music, Ensemble Florilege, and the Gardner Museum Orchestra and also appeared on the band A Far Cry’s first CD,Debut. He is one of the founding members of Cambridge Concentus, an ensemble specializing in the music of Bach; and a recipient of the American Bach Soloists’ prestigious Goldberg Prize.  Mr. Schelhase has performed with the chamber ensemble Old City Music, La Rocinante (Colombia), Ars Antiqua, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bach Festival Orchestra, New York State Baroque, and Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY). He is continuo accompanist fellow at the Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin, OH. He has also appeared as guest soloist with the American Bach Soloists (CA) and served as assistant conductor in Handel’s Teseo at the Chicago Opera Theater. Mr. Schelhase joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012.

Beiliang Zhu won the 1st prize and the Audience Award at the XVIII International Bach Competition 2012 (Violoncello/Baroque Violoncello) as the first string player to have received this honor on a baroque instrument.  She received her Master of Music from the Juilliard School in Historical Performance, Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.  Beiliang is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, under the guidance of Steven Doane.  Hailed by the New York Times as “particularly exciting”, and by the New Yorker as bringing “telling nuances”, and being “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild”, Beiliang has performed with internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles, such as William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Monica Huggett, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Juilliard Baroque, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Trinity Wall Street Orchestra and many more.  As Beiliang is interested in a wide range of repertoire and different roles as a modern cellist, baroque cellist, and violist da gamba, she has won a section cellist position of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during undergraduate, has held the principal cellist position of Mercury Houston, and has won awards including the Eastman Cello Concerto Competition, 2nd prize in the Holland America Music Society International Competition, and the 2010 Henry I. Goldberg Young Artist Prize at the American Bach Soloists Academy.


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