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2018-19 Concert Series

Last year, the Collection celebrated the historic fiftieth anniversary of its annual concert series in grand style featuring staff favorite Paolo Pandolfo, and ending with an all-Schubert program in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.  For the fifty-first season, the collection will continue to offer a distinguished slate of historical-context performances.

The critically acclaimed harpsichordist Władysław Kłosiewicz will open the Collection’s concert series on October 7 with a tribute to Wanda Landowska (1879-1959), a Polish harpsichordist whose performances, recordings, teachings, and writings greatly in uenced the revival of the instrument in the early twentieth century.

Born in Warsaw in 1955, Kłosiewicz became enamored with the harpsichord in his youth. During his teens and twenties, he studied at the Warsaw Academy
of Music under the tutelage of Julitty Sleńdzińskiej, and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, in Siena, Italy, under Ruggero Gerlin, who had been a close associate of Landowska.

In 1978, Kłosiewicz was invited to perform with the Polish Chamber Orchestra under Jerzy Maksymiuk, an opportunity that launched his career. For the past forty years, he has participated in the establishment and artistic direction of such period ensembles as the Concerto Avenna and Musica Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense and has been instrumental in producing the collected stage works of Claudio Monteverdi with the Warsaw Chamber Opera. As both a soloist and a chamber musician, Kłosiewicz has won numerous prizes in the categories of musical interpretation, basso continuo realization, and the performance of contemporary music.

In 1984, he was awarded first prize in harpsichord at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich, when no second or third prize was awarded. Kłosiewicz’s many recordings include the complete harpsichord works of François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Johann Jakob Froberger, the partitas of
J.S. Bach, and the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. His recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations for the Pro Academia Narolense Foundation received the Fryderyk prize (Poland’s highest music award) in 2000.

Kłosiewicz’s program at the collection, “Landowska in Memoriam,” will include works by J. J. Froberger, L. Couperin, F. Couperin, and J.S. Bach. Sponsorship is provided in part by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

On November 4, the Collection will welcome the Dark Horse Consort for the ensemble’s rst visit to Yale. Inspired by the bronze horse statues in Venice’s famed St. Mark’s Basilica, the ensemble attempts to recreate the glorious sounds of such composers as Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, and Heinrich Schütz.

Hailed as “stellar” by The New York Timesand “splendid” by The Boston Globe, the early music ensemble is dedicated to unearthing the majestic late Renaissance and early Baroque repertoire for brass instruments. The program, “The Golden Age of Brass: Seventeenth Century Music of Germany, England, and Italy,” will include works by Speer, Scheidt, Locke, Byrd, Adson, Hammerschmidt, Vierdanck, de Wert, Gabrieli, and Merulo. Members of the Dark Horse Consort appearing on this program will include cornettists Kiri Tollaksen and Alexandra Opsahl, and sackbutists Greg Ingles, Erik Schmalz, and Mack Ramsey.

The Boreas Quartett Bremen makes its debut appearance at the Collection on February 3, 2019, when recorder players Jin-Ju Baek, Elisabeth Champollion, Julia Fritz, and Luise Manske will be joined by their mentor Han Tol in a performance of music from the sixteenth century to the present.

The group formed at the Hochschule für Künste, in Bremen, Germany, where they studied with Tol, the internationally renowned Dutch recorder virtuoso, teacher, and conductor. The ensemble takes its name from Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind.

Since their student days, the quartet has maintained an active performance schedule beyond Germany, playing in South Korea, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Together, the quartet’s members have acquired more than forty recorders of different sizes and design, including a twelve-piece Renaissance consort by Peter van der Poel of Utrecht. Other recorders in their collection were made by Ralf Ehlert, Francesco Li Virghi, and Luca de Paolis.

In 2015, the ensemble released a CD on the German music label classic production osnabrück (cpo) featuring Han Tol in a recording of the twenty-one In Nomines by Christopher Tye (c. 1505-before 1573). The Boreas Quartett Bremen is supported by the “Laudate, Cantate” foundation and the Heinz-Peter and Annelotte Koch Foundation, both located in Bremen.

The Collection will present Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin in a program of works for cello and fortepiano by Beethoven on February 24. Lauded for his probing musicianship and instrumental virtuosity, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, author, educator, and broadcaster. He has a strong interest in historical performance, working with many period-instrument ensembles and giving recitals with harpsichord and fortepiano. Pianist Robert Levin is heard throughout the United States and abroad in recital, as a soloist and in chamber music concerts. Equally at home on modern piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord, he is also an authoritative scholar of the Baroque and Classical periods, and of Mozart in particular.

Isserlis and Levin are frequent duo partners. The New York Times praised one of their Beethoven recitals, offering, “Not surprising given their experience together and their continuing partnership, Mr. Isserlis and Mr. Levin proved kindred spirits, each matching the other’s phrases in temperament and dynamics, right down to the quietest turn of phrase. But what was most impressive — and Beethovenian — was the power of their climaxes, especially in the A major.”

After five years, the celebrated ensemble Quicksilver Baroque will return to the Collection on March 31 to present a program titled “Violini a Due: An Italian Journey.” On this dazzling musical trip, Quicksilver will take collection audience members to the cradle of the virtuoso violin through its rich development, from Castello to Corelli. Of the group’s most recent recording, Fantasticus: Extravagant and Virtuosic Music from 17th Century Germany, Gramophone wrote, “Quicksilver signi es something unpredictable and swiftly responsive. It’s the perfect name for an ensemble that demands exceptional instrumental skills … Many of the works contain surprises around every corner, as the composers let their imaginations soar through curious shifts of meter, harmony and form that jolt and delight the ears in equal measure. But extravagance and virtuosity are also employed to more subtle effect with the players spinning long lines coloured by delicately applied ornaments, and altering dynamics and phrasing to highlight the music’s expressive beauty … Fantasticus, indeed!”

Click on Concert Sereies out this link for ticket information: collection.yale.edu/concerts/

Published September 11, 2018
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House of Time in Concert


Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe, and Tatiana Daubek, violin, of the ensemble House of Time.

On Sunday February 26th at 3:00pm, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the next concert in its annual series with a performance by the early music ensemble, House of Time. Their program, titled “Imaginary Theater: Music of Handel and Rameau,” consists of instrumental selections from the baroque opera stage.

Tickets are currently SOLD OUT, but all those interested in the program are encourage to view the concert live at 3:00pm from the comfort of their own home via the Yale School of Music’s live stream.

For more information about our artists, House of Time, you can visit their website here.

Published February 23, 2017
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The London Haydn Quartet in Concert with Eric Hoeprich


The London Haydn Quartet and Eric Hoeprich, clarinet.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments is pleased to present The London Haydn Quartet in concert with Eric Hoeprich, clarinet, on Sunday, January 15th at 3:00pm.

The ensemble will be presenting a program which includes: Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 72 No. 2; Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2; and Weber’s Clarinet Quintet Op. 34.

Tickets for the concert are currently SOLD OUT; therefore, we encourage those interested to listen along from home via the Yale School of Music’s live stream. Click here for live stream


Published January 10, 2017
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Kristian Bezuidenhout in Concert

images-2The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments is delighted to present acclaimed forte-pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout in concert on Sunday, October 30th at 3:00pm. 

Bezuidenhout’s program will feature works by Beethoven and Hadyn. Seating is limited, and tickets can be purchased by visiting music-tickets.yale.edu , or calling (203) 432-0822. 

We also encourage any one interested to view the concert live from the comfort of your own home by tuning into the Yale School of Music’s live stream. Click here for live stream 

Published October 20, 2016
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The Flanders Recorder Quartet opens the Collection’s 2016-2017 concert series


The Flanders Quartet (from left to right):
Bart Spanhove, Tom Beets, Paul Van Loey,
and Joris Van Goethem.

The  Yale Collection of Musical Instruments  opens its annual concert series on SundayOctober 2, at 3:00 pm with the celebrated Flanders Recorder QuartetAlthough tickets are no longer available (the concert is sold out!), we encourage all who are interested in the ensemble’s perfor-
mance to view the concert live via the Yale School of Music’s livestream link.

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The program, entitled Beauté parfait, or “Our Beloved Favorites,” features works from the Renaissance by Sweelinck, Dowland, and Byrd and from the Baroque by Dornel, de Boismortier, and Bach.  Listeners also will have an opportunity to hear two contemporary pieces written specifically for the quartet by Pieter Campo (b. 1980) and Sören Sieg (b. 1966). New sounds on old instruments…

On Saturday, October 1, the FRQ will participate in a memorial service honoring the woodwind maker Friedrich von Huene (1929-2016).  The service will take place at All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St, Brookline, MA, at 2:00 pm.  The Quartet will offer the major portion of its musical tribute before the service from 1:30-2:00 pm.


Friedrich von Huene in his workshop, ca. 1980, playing a flute
that he modelled after a Baroque instrument by Chevalier in the
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Friedrich von Huene was a well known instrument designer, builder, musician and teacher.  A recently published obituary about him by the Collection’s curator, Susan E. Thompson, may be found in the Fall 2016 issue of the American Recorder magazine (pp. 11-13).

American Recorder Fall 2016




Published September 26, 2016
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Smithsonian Chamber Players in Concert

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the Smithsonian Chamber Players on Sunday, April 10 at 3pm.

The Smithsonian Chamber Players will perform an All-Beethoven Program including the Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 24, “Spring” and the Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. The ensemble will include Vera Beths, violin; and Kenneth Slowik, piano in the Violin Sonata, joined by Nicholas Cords, viola; Robert Nairn, double bass; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Dominic Teresi, bassoon; as well as the director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and YSM faculty member William Purvis, horn for the Septet.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance. At this concert, Kenneth Slowik will be performing on a cello from the Collection made by Barak Norman, London, England, 1705 forits first appearance since its restoration in 2011. Vera Beths will perform upon the 1679 Nicolò Amati violin with a bow by François Tourte, both from the Andrew F. Petryn collection. The Collection is located at 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven.

The event is now sold out but will stream live on the School of Music’s website.


Original post by Donna Yoo


Published April 9, 2016
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Alexei Lubimov in concert March 6th

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents pianist Alexei Lubimov in concert on Sunday,  March 6th at 3:00 pm. The program, “A Tale of Two Pianos” will feature works by Mozart, Haydn, Liszt, and Debussy. Mr. Lubimov will have the pleasure of playing upon two of the Collection’s historical grand Alexei Lubimovpianos: our ca. 1795 Viennese model by Johann Jakob Koennicke, and the 1881 Parisian model by Erard Cie.

The concert takes place at The Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and Yale employees, and $10 for students.

For more information or to purchase tickets, the public should go to music.yale.edu, call 203 432-0822, or visit the Collection at 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven.

Published February 28, 2016
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Mark Kroll in Concert

MarkKroll1.jpgoriginal1The Collection is pleased to present Mark Kroll, harpsichordist, in concert on  Wednesday, February 17th at 5:30pm.

Mr. Kroll will perform the Troisième, Septiême, and Onzième Ordres from François Couperin’s Pièces de clavecin. These works will be presented on the museum’s harpsichord by François Blanchet the Elder, Paris, ca. 1740.

The concert will take place at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). Tickets are $25 for regular admission,
$20 for seniors and Yale employees, and $10 for students.

For more information or to purchase tickets:

e-mail:  music.yale.edu
telephone:  203 432 0822

Published February 10, 2016
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Lina Tur Bonet and Kenneth Weiss in concert

The Collection of Musical Instruments at the Yale School of Music presents Lina Tur Bonet, violin and Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord on Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 pm.Lina Tur

The pair will be performing works by de la Guerre, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Boccherini, Handel, and J.S. Bach. 

The concert takes place at The Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven). Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and Yale employees, and $10 for students.

Kenneth WeissFor more information or to purchase tickets, the public should go to music.yale.edu, call 203 432-0822, or visit the Collection at 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven.

Published February 8, 2016
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New Exhibit features the Andrew F. Petryn Collection


On January 19, 2016, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments opened a new exhibit featuring exceptional instruments and bows from the Andrew F. Petryn Collection.


The display comprises a quinton, pochette, violoncello, hurdy-gurdy and four violin bows (a pair by the pre-eminent French archetier François Tourte and individual bows by Simon Pierre and François Nicholas Voirin).

Most notably, however, are the two prized violins crafted by two of the finest representatives of the Cremonese school of violin making: Nicolò Amati and Andrea Guarneri.

AniAccompanying the opening of the exhibit was a concert featuring YSM faculty Ani Kavafian, violin; Arthur Haas, harpsichord; and Wei-Yi Yang, piano. Ms. Kavafian demonstrated the remarkable sonorous abilities of the two instruments, as well as their differences of sound, tone, and vibrancy through the works of Bach and Debussy.

The exhibit was organized by curators Susan E. Thompson and Nicholas Renouf.  Members of the museum’s staff who assisted in the installation include Kelly Hill, Program Coordinator, Sam Bobinski, Museum Intern, and Yurie Mitsuhashi, Student Assistant. The Petryn Collection may be viewed during public visiting hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1:00-4:00; Sunday, 1:00-5:00.

All photos by Kaifeng Wu of the Yale Daily News.

Published February 1, 2016
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