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THE ENSEMBLE
Brooklyn Baroque debuted in the fall of 2000, when cellist David Bakamjian
joined the long-standing duo of Baroque flutist Andrew Bolotowsky and
harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky. Since then, the group has performed
frequently in the New York area and has been invited to play in other states
across the country. Brooklyn Baroque is the ensemble-in-residence at the
eighteenth-century Morris-Jumel Mansion, where it performs in a yearly
series. (Check out the Mansion at
www.morrisjumel.org) In July 2015  
Andrew Bolotowsky announced that he would be leaving the ensemble. Core
members Pechefsky and Bakamjian frequently collaborate with the finest
early-music specialists in the New York area.

Brooklyn Baroque specializes in the music of Bach and his contemporaries,
but its concerts often range further back into the seventeenth century or as far
forward as Beethoven.  The ensemble's debut CD,
Northern Lights (QC
1005), a program of German Baroque works, won critical acclaim, as did its
second disc,
The Pleasures of the French (QC 1007).

ITS MEMBERS

Cellist David Bakamjian performs regularly as a recitalist, ensemble player,
and recording artist. In addition to appearances in New York's premiere
concert halls, he has appeared several times on National Public Radio and
WQXR, and was a winner or finalist in four international chamber music
competitions. As a member of the Casa Verde Trio, he completed six critically
acclaimed national tours and a month-long tour of China. He has performed
as soloist with the Allentown Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Beijing
Symphony, Bachanalia Festival Orchestra, Musica Bella, and the Lehigh
University Philharmonic, and has served as principal cellist for several
orchestras including the Berkshire Opera, New York Grand Opera,
Bachanalia, the High Mountain Symphony in New Jersey, and the Miss
Saigon theater orchestra on Broadway.  Mr. Bakamjian is a member of the
Simon String Quartet (named after its first violinist Fiona Simon of the NY
Philharmonic) and performs on baroque cello with Concert Royal, the
American Classical Orchestra, the Ensemble for Early Music and the Long
Island Baroque Ensemble. This season, in addition to a recital appearance at
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, he was featured at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in Evocations of Armenia, a specially conceived program that
he co-wrote with actress Nora Armani for solo cello and spoken word.  By
special invitation, they took the program to Armenia in April.  In May, he was
featured in a concerto by Boismortier on Baroque cello, performing with the
Ensemble for Early Music in New York. He was on the faculty of Lehigh
University for eight years and he is in great demand as a chamber music
coach, serving as founder and director of the Summer String-In in New
Jersey, and as director and faculty member at the Princeton Play Week
chamber music workshops in three cities. He earned his B.A. from Yale
where he studied with Aldo Parisot and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees
at SUNY Stony Brook where he studied with Timothy Eddy and Bernard
Greenho

Well known in the New York area, Rebecca Pechefsky has performed in such
venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Morris-
Jumel Mansion. She has also been heard in concert series of the Miami Bach
Society and the Harpsichord Center in Pasadena and Brentwood, California,
as well as in fringe concerts of the Boston Early Music Festival and the
Berkeley Festival. Recent European engagements include recitals in London
(Handel House), Milan (Sforza Castle), Bologna, Amsterdam, Berlin, and
Basel. Among her recordings for Quill Classics are the complete harpsichord
music of François d’Agincour; Bach and His Circle (JPF Music Award, Best
Classical Solo Album); Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, praised in
Fanfare as “excellent to the highest degree”; and Johann Ludwig Krebs @
300. As part of the Krebs 300th birthday celebrations in Germany, she was
invited to perform in Zwickau and Altenburg in October 2013.  Also committed
to contemporary music, she has premiered works by Mary Inwood, Mark
Janello, Graham Lynch, Frank J. Oteri, Louis Pelosi, Johnny Reinhard, and
Ben Yarmolinsky, and can be heard on Beth Anderson’s new CD, The Praying
Mantis and the Bluebird (MSR Classics). In July 2014 she began recording
the second book of Bach‘s Well-Tempered Clavier for Quill Classics,
tentatively slated for 2016. Rebecca graduated as a piano major from Juilliard’
s four-year Pre-College program before earning her undergraduate degree at
Barnard College, followed by an MA in harpsichord from Queens College and
an MPhil in musicology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her piano teachers
included Seymour Lipkin; she later studied harpsichord with Louis Bagger,
Kenneth Cooper, and Raymond Erickson, with master classes from Olivier
Beaumont, Kenneth Gilbert, and Colin Tilney.  Currently organist at Redeemer
Lutheran Church in Glendale, Queens, she lives in Brooklyn with her
husband, Erik Ryding, with whom she coauthored
Bruno Walter: A World
Elsewhere
, winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award
“These fantastic artists have some strange power—their performance
is so compelling and lively that it seems to reach right
out of the speakers and grab my attention and does not let go.”
Christopher Chaffee,
American Record Guide
At the Morris-Jumel Mansion,
Manhattan's oldest house,
where Brooklyn Baroque is the
ensemble-in-residence.