Introducing the best-of-the best in early music from The Juilliard School

Friday, 12 May 2017

(From left to right: Keiran Campbell, Karen Dekker, Jeffrey Girton, Ūla Kinderyté,)

A message from Juilliard415

"Hello, New Zealand! We are so delighted to have made the long (!) journey to this beautiful country from our home on the other side of the world, and even more delighted to share such wonderful music with you. And what a treat for us to work once again with Masaaki Suzuki, among the most esteemed interpreters Bach’s music working today, and a true and honest musician. Although we are based at Lincoln Center, in the heart of Manhattan, this trip is truly an international affair: We’ve chosen music by German composers, led by a Japanese conductor, performed by an ensemble representing no fewer than eight countries! What a great reminder that music really is the language that speaks to all of us. Our students come to Juilliard because of a shared commitment and love of this great music. There is no greater joy than to share it with you. Thank you for being here!"

Ben Sosland
Administrative Director, Historical Performance - The Juilliard School


The faces behind Juilliard415

With 19 members, Juilliard415 is one of the largest international ensembles toured by Chamber Music New Zealand. The ensemble includes a soprano soloist, eight violinists, two viola players, two cellists, a double bass player, a flautist, two oboeists, a bassoonist and a harpsichord player.

With only a couple of weeks left before the tour, it's time to get up close and personal with Juilliard415’s members - let's start with these quick-fire questions.


What is your most-played, non-classical track?

Keiran Campbell (USA / Cello): El Cantante by Hector Lavoe

Fiona Last (UK / Oboe): Slide Goo Goo Dolls

Annie Gard (Australia / Violin): My Young Man by Kate Rusby, written about the love she saw between her grandparents and the legacy of coal mining.

Karen Dekker (Netherlands / Violin and Viola): Another Spring Nina Simone

Neil Chen (Canada / Bassoon): Get it On by T. Rex.

Left to right: Danika Paskvan,  Stephen Goist, Sarah Jane Kenner, Oliver Weston.

What past or present composer would you like to share a meal with?

Oliver Weston (USA, cello): Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre or Ringo Starr

Ūla Kinderyté (Lithuania / violin): Frank Zappa or Barbara Strozzi

Isabelle Seula Lee (South Korea / Violin): J.S. Bach

Welvin Potter (Sydney / Oboe): Leopold Mozart

Jonathan Slade (UK / Flute): Mozart. I love Bach, but suspect he'd be less fun on a night out.

Hugo Abraham (Frances / Double Bass): Johannes Ockeghem


Top, from left to right: Neil Chen, Fiona Last, Robert Everett Warner, Annie Gard.
Bottom, from left to right: Hugo Abraham, Welvin Potter, Alana Youssefian, Jonathan Slade, Isabelle Seula Lee


Find out more about Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415's tour starting 26 May - here.