Gotham Early Music Scene to Feature Twelfth Night Set in RIVALRY

Renowned specialists in historical performance will perform at GEMS NY on June 26. Twelfth Night, directed by Rachell Ellen Wong and David Belkovski, presents a program of rivalries and feuds in the baroque. From the smallest to the most earth-shattering, rivalries persist throughout the history of music, devouring even the most well-known composers. Exploring the feuds between Handel and Porpora, in Leclair and Guignon, this Twelfth Night program allows the listener to hear both sides of the story.

Concert information:

Sunday June 26, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
St. Ignatius Church | 552 West End Avenue | New York, NY
Tickets: $30 / $10 students and seniors, purchased online or at the door

Rachell Ellen Wong and Carmen Johnson-Pájaro, violins
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Adam Cockerham, lute
David Belkovski, harpsichord

Based in New York, Twelfth Night is an ensemble of historical performance specialists led by David Belkovski and Rachell Ellen Wong with the firm belief that art is best explored as a meeting place of past, present and future. Both co-founders are considered key young representatives of early music: Rachell is the first baroque violinist to receive an Avery Fisher Career Fellowship and David is the only early music recipient to receive the Levinson Arts Achievement Award. The ensemble’s upcoming projects include a video release of 17th-century Italian songs with celebrated French soprano Julie Roset and renditions of Handel’s pastoral love cantata Aminta e Fillide. During the 2022-2023 season, Twelfth Night will be held in concert series across the country, including Arizona Early Music, Chatham Baroque, Music Before 1800 and Gotham Early Music Scene. Other collaborations include a recording with Australian mezzo-soprano Xenia Puskarz Thomas. For more information, visit twelfthnighttogether.com

Winner of the Grand Prix of the first Lillian and Maurice Barbash JS Bach Competition, violinist Rachell Ellen Wong is a rising star on the historical and modern violin scenes. Her growing reputation as one of the finest historical performers of her generation has resulted in worldwide appearances with renowned early music ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists and The Academy of Ancient Music, and tours with Bach Collegium Japan, Les Arts Florissants, among others. Equally accomplished on the modern violin, Rachell made her first public appearance with the Philharmonia Northwest at age 11 and has since performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá and the Seattle Symphony. Rachell made her conducting debut with the Seattle Symphony in 2020 when she conducted Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on violin. She is principal violinist for season 21-22 of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. She plays on a baroque violin from the school of Joachim Tielke ca. 1700. Ms. Wong is represented by Artist Manager Marianne LaCrosse of CTM Classics. For more information, please visit www.rachellwong.com.

Born in Skopje, Macedonia, David Belkovski’s journey as a musician took him from early adventures in Balkan folk music to the dynamic beginnings of a career, performing regularly on harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. Winner of first prize in several international and national competitions, including the 2019 Sfzp International Fortepiano Competition, David has been recognized for his artistry on historical and modern keyboards. David made his Lincoln Center debut as a fortepiano concerto soloist with the American Classical Orchestra/Tom Crawford as well as Juilliard415/Monica Huggett. David quickly forged a reputation as a stage director behind historic keyboards, making his debut with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra conducting Handel’s Radamisto. He was deputy conductor for a production of Luigi Rossi’s Orfeo with conductor Avi Stein and now serves as deputy conductor of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. David conducted Juilliard415 in a performance of his commissioned work Chaconne, written for Juilliard’s celebrated period ensemble. To learn more about David, visit davidbelkovski.com.

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