“Revered like rock stars within the early music scene” (New York Times), QUICKSILVER brings together leading historically-informed performers in North America today. Described as “drop dead gorgeous with a wonderful interplay of timbres,” (Early Music America) and praised as “irresistible” (Fanfare Magazine), Quicksilver vibrantly explores the rich chamber music repertoire from the early modern period to the High Baroque. The ensemble has been featured at numerous music series and prestigious festivals, receiving critical acclaim, standing ovations and repeat invitations. The ensemble’s debut recording, Stile Moderno: new music from the seventeenth century was described as “Breakthrough of the Year…breathtaking” (Huffington Post). Quicksilver’s new recording, Fantasticus: Extravagant and Virtuosic Music from 17th Century Germany has been named one of The New Yorker’s Top Ten Recordings of 2014 and praised as “Fantasticus, indeed” (Gramophone).
One of America’s most prominent historical string players, ROBERT MEALY (co-director, violin) has been praised for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring” (Boston Globe). A frequent soloist and orchestral leader, Mr. Mealy is principal concertmaster at Trinity Wall Street and the Orchestra Director of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra; he recently received a Grammy for his work with BEMF. He has also led the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble in performances here and in Moscow, accompanied Renee Fleming on the David Letterman Show, and recorded and toured a wide variety of repertoire with many distinguished ensembles both here and in Europe. Committed to education as well as performing, he directs Juilliard’s distinguished Historical Performance Program. From 2003 to 2015, he taught at Yale, directing the postgraduate Yale Baroque Ensemble and the Yale Collegium Musicum. Prior to that, he taught at Harvard for over a decade, where he founded the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. In 2004, he received EMA’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching and scholarship. He has recorded over 80 CDs on most major labels.
Lauded for her “invigorating verve and imagination” (Washington Post), JULIE ANDRIJESKI (co-director, violin) is among the leading baroque violinists and early music pedagogues in the U.S. In addition to co-directing Quicksilver, she maintains an active performance schedule, playing with many diverse early music groups across the nation including the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra (Artistic Director), New York State Baroque (Concertmaster), Apollo’s Fire (Principal Player), and Les Délices. As a full-time Senior Instructor at Case Western Reserve University and Teacher of Baroque Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Andrijeski leads classes in historical performance practices, teaches lessons in baroque violin, and directs the baroque music and dance ensembles. Her combined skills in music and dance often culminate in workshops and special teaching engagements at schools such as the Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, Juilliard, the University of Colorado – Boulder, and at several summer workshops as well. Her recordings can be found on Acis Productions, Dorian Recordings, Centaur, Koch, CPO, Avie, and Musica Omnia.
GREG INGLES (sackbut) attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory. Two days after graduation, Mr. Ingles won the position of Solo Trombone in the Hofer Symphoniker in Hof, Germany. He returned to the United States and completed both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in trombone performance at SUNY Stony Brook, specializing in historic performance. Mr. Ingles is a member of Piffaro, Quicksilver and Ciaramella and has played with such ensembles as the American Bach Soloists, Chatham Baroque, Concerto Palatino, The Handel and Haydn Society and Tafelmusik. He is Music Director of the Dark Horse Consort, an ensemble devoted to rarely performed brass music of the 17th century, and recently played with the Globe Theater in their Broadway debut. Mr. Ingles was the adjunct trombone professor at Hofstra University for over a decade and is currently the Lecturer in Sackbut at Boston University. He also teaches at the Madison Early Music Festival each summer.
A native of California, DOMINIC TERESI (dulcian) is principal bassoon of Tafelmusik, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Carmel Bach Festival, teaches at The Juilliard School and University of Toronto, is a member of Quicksilver and Juilliard Baroque and plays with American Bach Soloists and Toronto Consort. He has also performed with Le Concert d’Astrée, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Philharmonia Baroque, Arion, Ensemble Caprice, Chatham Baroque and Apollo’s Fire. In demand on dulcian, baroque, classical and modern bassoon, his playing has been described as “stellar” (New York Times) and “dazzling” (Toronto Star). Mr. Teresi was invited to be a featured artist on CBC Radio, where he performed a nationally broadcast radio concert of bassoon concertos and sonatas, and has appeared as a concerto soloist throughout Europe, North America and Australia. He holds a masters degree and artist diploma from Yale University and a doctorate from Indiana University.
DAVID MORRIS (viola da gamba/cello) is a member of The King’s Noyse, the Galax Quartet, Quicksilver, the Sex Chordae Consort of Viols and the New York State Baroque Ensemble. He has performed with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tragicomedia, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Pacifica, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Pacific Musicworks in Seattle. He was the co-founder and musical director of the Bay Area baroque opera ensemble Teatro Bacchino, and has produced operas for the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society series. Mr. Morris received his B.A. and M.A. in Music from UC Berkeley and has been a guest instructor in early music performance-practice at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mills College, Oberlin College, the Madison Early Music Festival and Cornell University. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, New Albion, Dorian, New World Records, Drag City Records and New Line Cinema.
AVI STEIN (harpsichord/organ) is Associate Organist and Chorusmaster at Trinity Wall Street, teaches at The Juilliard School and Yale University, and serves as artistic director of the Helicon Foundation. The New York Times described him as “a brilliant organ soloist” in his Carnegie Hall debut and he was featured in an Early Music America magazine article on the new generation of leaders in the field. He is an active continuo player appearing regularly with the Boston Early Music Festival, Quicksilver, the Clarion Music Society and Bach Vespers NYC. Mr. Stein directed the young artists’ program at the Carmel Bach Festival and has conducted a variety of ensembles including Opera Français de New York, OperaOmnia, Amherst Festival opera and the critically acclaimed 4×4 Festival. He studied at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, University of Southern California and was a Fulbright scholar in Toulouse.
CHARLES WEAVER (theorbo/guitar) performs on early plucked-string instruments both as a recitalist and as an accompanist. Chamber music appearances include Quicksilver, Early Music New York, Piffaro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Folger Consort, Blue Heron, Musica Pacifica, and the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble. He is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he teaches historically informed performance on Plucked Instruments. This season he will be assistant conductor for Juilliard Opera’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. He also works with the New York Continuo Collective: an ensemble of players and singers exploring seventeenth-century vocal music in semester-length workshop productions. He has taught at the Lute Society of America Summer Workshop in Vancouver, the Madison Early Music Festival, the Western Wind Workshop in ensemble singing, and the Yale Baroque Opera Project.