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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. The trio 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)

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). To read more about
these recordings, click on the
Recordings button on the left. For upcoming
concerts, check the
Upcoming Concerts button.

ITS MEMBERS
Flutist Andrew Bolotowsky studied with Elaine Schaffer, William Kincaid, and
Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has performed over 3,000 solo recitals and
participated in countless chamber music and orchestral concerts. He has
performed with the Pan American, Westchester Philharmonic, and Brooklyn
Philharmonic orchestras and has worked with Downtown Music Productions,
Music Downtown, the American Festival of Microtonal Music, Concert Royal,
the Soho Baroque Opera, Muse (Colonial American Music), the Delbarton
Baroque Ensemble, and New Amsterdam Baroque. Mr. Bolotowsky has been
heard on radio stations WQXR, WBAI, WNCN, and WNYC; has appeared on
television stations NBC, CBS, and NYC; and has recorded for Naxos, Quill
Classics, Orion Recordings, Golden Age Records, Opus I, and Station Hill
Records. He can be heard on the internet in Jim Theobald’s work “Above
Ground” for Flute and Electronic Tape. With Rebecca Pechefsky, he has
recorded sonatas for flute and obbligato harpsichord by Johann Ludwig
Krebs (Quill Classics), and with Rebecca Pechefsky and David Bakamjian,
he has recorded Bach's flute sonatas and his Partita for Unaccompanied
Flute.

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
Greenhouse.

Well known in the New York area,
Rebecca Pechefsky has performed in
such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and in such series as
Music at Morris-Jumel and Baroque Across the River. She has been heard at
the Boston Early Music Festival and the concert series of the Miami Bach
Society, the Harpsichord Center (California), the Zoellner Arts Center
(Pennsylvania), and elsewhere. For Quill Classics she has recorded the
complete harpsichord music of François d’Agincour as well as
Bach and His
Circle
and a recital of works by Brunnemüller, Bach, and La Guerre. Her
recordings have been heard across the United States on NPR stations. Also
committed to contemporary music, she has premiered works by Mary Inwood,
Graham Lynch, Frank J. Oteri, Louis Pelosi, Johnny Reinhard, and Ben
Yarmolinsky. Currently organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Glendale,
Queens, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Erik Ryding, with whom she
coauthored the award-winning biography
Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere,
recently issued in paperback as well as on Kindle. Ms. Pechefsky graduated
from Juilliard’s pre-college division as a piano student and later studied
harpsichord with Louis Bagger, Kenneth Cooper, and Raymond Erickson.
“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

Brooklyn Baroque on YouTube

Check out our newest video of a
movement from the Bach Trio Sonata
in G Major with special guest
Courtney Westcott:

Bach: Allegro ma non presto







More Videos:

Cervetto Sonata No. 1: Allegro

Boismortier: Largo

Boismortier: Gayement
At the Morris-Jumel Mansion,
Manhattan's oldest house,
where Brooklyn Baroque is the
ensemble-in-residence.