• News

    My video recording of François Couperin’s Huitième Ordre, considered by many to be his finest suite for solo harpsichord, is now available on Youtube! Click on the button below to view the video.

  • BioGraphy

    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, and Basel. 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. 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, just appeared in November 2017.

  • Upcoming Concerts

    Sunday, April 22 at 2 PM

    With Brooklyn Baroque at the Middletown Thrall Library

    Brooklyn Baroque’s annual concert at the Middletown Thrall Library in Middletown, NY, this year featuring tenor Philip Anderson and violinist Jeremy Rhizor

    Saturday, May 12 at 8 PM

    Aliénor Retrospective Concert

    I’ll be performing works by Graham Lynch and Mark Janello in a retrospective concert celebrating prize-winning works from thirty-five years of the Aliénor International Harpsichord Competition at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    Sunday, June 3 at 3 PM

    The Western Wind: Music in the Time of Hamilton at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields

    I’m joining the Western Wind vocal ensemble for music by Francis Hopkinson and others in a concert of songs—patriotic, parlour, drinking—from the time of Alexander Hamilton. For more information: http://www.westernwind.org/concerts.html

    Friday, June 22, time tba

    With fortepianist Patrick Hawkins at the Carolina Music Museum

    Patrick and I will be taking our duo program to the newly opened Carolina Music Museum in Greenville, SC, performing on antique harpsichords and pianos by Kirkman, Broadwood, and others. The program will include pieces by C. P. E. Bach, Haydn, Clementi, Soler, and Kozeluch.

    Saturday, November 10 All Day

    Couperin Marathon to Celebrate his 350th birthday

    I’m excited to announce that next November I’ll be taking part in an all-day François Couperin marathon at Emmanuel College, Cambridge UK. For more information: https://couperin2018.webnode.com/

  • Brooklyn Baroque

    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.

     

  • Videos

    Here are some recent videos; for a complete listing visit the Quill Classics channel on Youtube.

    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 Prelude & Fugue in D Minor, WTC 2

    For a look at the recording process of my Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, recorded at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Brooklyn, NY

    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.

  • Contact

    Send me a message to find out more about upcoming concerts and recordings!