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, where she and Brooklyn Baroque perform in a yearly series. She has also been heard in the 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 Tallinn (Estonian Harpsichord Festival), London (Handel House), Milan (Sforza Castle), Bologna, Genoa, Amsterdam, Berlin, Basel, and Paris (Les Concerts dans les Copeaux). 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, and in November 2018 she participated in a marathon celebrating Couperin’s 350th birthday at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Also committed to contemporary music, she has premiered works by Beth Anderson, Mary Inwood, Mark Janello, Graham Lynch, Frank J. Oteri, Louis Pelosi, Johnny Reinhard, and Ben Yarmolinsky, and can be heard along with Elaine Funaro and Beverly Biggs on Uno, Due, Tre: New Works for Harpsichord by Mark Janello and Edwin McLean. 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. Rebecca graduated as a piano major from Juilliard’s 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. Her recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, appeared in November 2017. She is a founding member of Ensemble Luini, an ensemble dedicated to Renaissance music and featuring lute, recorder, and virginals.
Sunday, November 17, 5 PM
Brooklyn Baroque and the New York Classical Quartet at Music from Good Shepherd
Brooklyn Baroque will team up with the New York Classical Quartet for a concert featuring Baroque and Classical quartets by Telemann, Krebs, Haydn, and others. Good Shepherd Catholic Church is at 1950 Batchelder St. in Marine Park, Brooklyn. Free Will Offering.
Tuesday, November 26, at 6:30 PM
Baroque Virtuosity with Kinga Augustyn, Christopher Morrongiello, Rebecca Pechefsky and Lukas Wronski
A musical evening with a program of virtuosic works by European composers spanning close to 200 years, from the very early Baroque music of Diomese Cate to the late Baroque/Early Classical period music of Antonio Soler. The evening will include a short talk by violin maker Lukas Wronski on the history of string making. Featuring Kinga Augustyn on Baroque Violin; Christopher Morrongiello, Archlute, Baroque Guitar and Lute; and Rebecca Pechefsky, Harpsichord. For location and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baroque-virtuosity-a-musical-evening-of-baroque-works-tickets-76142739985
Thursday, December 5 at 1:15 PM
The Western Wind at GEMS Midtown Concerts
Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 PM
Music at Morris-Jumel’s Annual Holiday Concert, featuring Brooklyn Baroque and Friends. The opening concert of our 20th Season!
Soprano Madeline Apple Healey, violinist Jude Ziliak, and recorder player Gregory Bynum will join Brooklyn Baroque’s regular members David Bakamjian and Rebecca Pechefsky for a festive concert of seasonal music by Handel, Boismortier and others.
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. Remaining core members Pechefsky and Bakamjian now collaborate with the finest early-music specialists in the New York area. Some artists they have worked with recently are sopranos Linda Lee Jones and Marguerite Krull, tenor Philip Anderson, bass-baritones Jonathan Woody and Michael Maliakel, recorder players Martin Bernstein and Gregory Bynum, violinists Jeremy Rhizor and Theresa Salomon, oboist Sarah Davol, and the New York Classical Quartet. The ensemble is in residence at the 1765 Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house.
Rehearsing for the annual Holiday Concert at Morris-Jumel Mansion
For this concert Brooklyn Baroque was joined by tenor Philip Anderson and violinist Jeremy Rhizor.
Barbara Strozzi Sampler
From a recent performance at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Brooklyn, NY, of the fascinating 17th-century Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi, with sopranos Linda Lee Jones and Marguerite Krull.
Brooklyn Baroque’s Cellist David Bakamjian
Cellist David Bakamjian performs regularly as a recitalist, chamber player, and recording artist. He has played at New York’s premier concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on National Public Radio and WQXR. On baroque cello, he performs with a number of period instrument ensembles in the New York area, including the American Classical Orchestra, Early Music New York, Concert Royal, and the Long Island Baroque Ensemble. Mr. Bakamjian has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras on both baroque and modern cello, and has served as principal cellist for many others. With the Casa Verde Trio, Mr. Bakamjian completed six critically-acclaimed national tours as well as a month-long tour of China. He co-wrote and is featured in Evocations of Armenia, a program for solo cello and spoken word specially conceived for the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In August 2011 he and Rebecca Pechefsky of Brooklyn Baroque performed at the Villa Monteverdi in Tuscany, Italy. He taught cello and chamber music at Lehigh University for eight years and is the director of the Princeton Play Week chamber music workshops and of the Summer String-In, where he performs with the Simon String Quartet. David earned his BA at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot, and his doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he studied cello with Timothy Eddy and chamber music with Bernard Greenhouse. His newest recording with Brooklyn Baroque is a program of Boismortier sonatas for cello.
Here are some recent videos; for a complete listing visit the Quill Classics channel on Youtube.
François Couperin’s Huitième Ordre
Couperin’s 8th Suite is considered by many to be his finest suite for solo harpsichord. I recorded this video using the superb acoustics at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Marine Park, Brooklyn. Special thanks to music director Michael Fontana, as always, for making these recordings possible!
Soler’s Sonata in A Minor, R118
Padre Antonio Soler’s fiery sonata and one of my favorites, recorded at All Saints Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Mark Janello’s Concerto for Two
With my frequent duet partner and good friend Elaine Funaro for a video of Mark Janello’s sparkling duo, Concerto For Two, which we premiered in Montreal in 2015. Elaine commissioned the work for the Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition.
Bach’s Partita No. 5
We recorded Bach’s 5th Partita back in December 2010, but here it is, re-released with hitherto unseen movements. This was recorded at my own Redeemer Glendale Church.
Shakespeare in Verse and Music
A recent project that I’m particularly excited about: a performance of readings from Shakespeare by the sensational Shakespearean actor Sam Tsoutsouvas, interspersed with selections of music from the plays and of the time, with Philip Anderson, tenor; Gregory Bynum, recorder; Christopher Morrongiello and Erik Ryding, lutes; as well as myself on harpsichord and virginals both.
Krebs’s Prelude & Fugue in C Major
Krebs’s Prelude & Fugue in C Major from his larger Suite in C Major. I’m especially fond of the fugue, which might be the most light-hearted and witty fugue ever written!