Beiliang Zhu won the first prize and the audience award in the violin or Baroque violin category at the 18th International Bach Competition Leipzig (2012), becoming the first string player to have received this honor on a Baroque instrument. Hailed by The New York Times as “particularly exciting,” and by The New Yorker as bringing “telling nuances” and being “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild,” Ms. Zhu seeks artistry in a wide range of repertoire and different roles, performing on modern cello, baroque cello, and viola da gamba. She has given solo recitals at an array of festivals, including the Leipzig Bach Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, International Bach Festival Seoul, and The Helicon Foundation. She also has performed with internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles. Ms. Zhu received a master’s degree from The Juilliard School in historical performance, studying with Phoebe Carrai and Sarah Cunningham, and a bachelor’s degree and a performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She is currently pursuing a doctorate, advised by Steven Doane, in performance and a master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music. Fascinated by the study of cultures, Ms. Zhu believes firmly in the communicative qualities of musical performances, and therefore invites the listeners to converse with her through various means.
Avi Stein is the artistic director of The Helicon Foundation, and is the associate organist and choirmaster at Trinity Church Wall Street. He teaches continuo accompaniment, vocal repertoire, and chamber music at The Juilliard School. Mr. Stein performed on the 2015 Grammy-winning recording by the Boston Early Music Festival of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers and La couronne de fleurs. The New York Times described Mr. Stein as “a brilliant organ soloist” in his Carnegie Hall debut, and he was featured recently in Early Music America in an article on the new generation of leaders in the field. He has directed the young artists’ program at the Carmel Bach Festival and has conducted a variety of ensembles, including the Opéra Français de New York, the Amherst Early Music Festival opera, and the critically acclaimed 4x4 Festival. Mr. Stein studied at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Southern California, and was a Fulbright scholar in Toulouse.
Charles Weaver is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, where he teaches historically informed performance on plucked instruments. He was music director for Cavalli’s La Calisto with New York’s dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in the summer of 2017. He has served as assistant conductor for Juilliard Opera, and accompanied operas with the Yale Baroque Opera Project and the Boston Early Music Festival. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with Quicksilver, Piffaro, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Folger Consort, Apollo’s Fire, Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, and Musica Pacifica. He also works with the New York Continuo Collective, an ensemble of players and singers exploring 17th-century vocal music in workshop productions. He has taught at the Lute Society of America Summer Workshop and the Madison Early Music Festival. This summer he will join the faculty of the International Baroque Institute at Longy. He is associate director of music at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he specializes in Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian chant.