"The Double Reeds of Juilliard415": Oboist Gonzalo Ruiz Leads Juilliard415 in Music from the Philidor Collection on Friday, March 1 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Willson Theater

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Juilliard Historical Performance faculty member, oboist Gonzalo Ruiz, leads the double reeds of Juilliard415 on Friday, March 1 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s intimate Willson Theater (155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC). The program presents a full complement of oboes, bassoons, and percussion performing wide ranging selections showing the public side of the French Baroque. “During the reign of Louis XIV, music provided a steady accompaniment to life at the French court,” writes Mr. Ruiz. “The famous double reed ensembles of Versailles were soon emulated throughout Europe and much of their repertoire is preserved in the Philidor Collection. Compiled by André Philidor around the turn of the 18th century at the request of the king, it consists of dozens of volumes, and includes theater and military music, as well as ceremonial and dance music going back to the late 1500s.” The program includes music by Lully, Philidor, Colasse, and Constantin.

 Members of Juilliard415 featured on this concert include oboists Brandon Labadie, Lindsay McIntosh, alumna Priscilla Smith, and bassoonists Allen Hamrick and Clay Zeller-Townson with Juilliard Historical Performance faculty member, bassoonist Dominic Teresi, and student percussionist
Sam Budish.

 Limited FREE tickets will be available beginning February 15 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu.

About Gonzalo Ruiz

Gonzalo Ruiz is one of North America’s most critically acclaimed and sought-after historical woodwind soloists. In recent seasons, he has appeared as principal oboist with leading period instrument groups in the United States and Europe, including the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, English Concert, Musica Angelica, Boston Festival Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and Sonnerie. Mr. Ruiz has worked with such conductors as Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Reinhard Goebel, Andrew Manze, and Marc Minkowski. His playing has been featured on numerous recordings of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Mr. Ruiz was a prizewinner at the Bruges Early Music Competition in Belgium, and with American Baroque, was the recipient of the 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Equally accomplished on the modern instrument, he was principal oboist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Ruiz has taught at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute and the University of North Texas, and currently teaches at Juilliard. He also has taught at the Longy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has given master classes at Indiana University. Mr. Ruiz is an acknowledged expert in historical reedmaking techniques, and over two dozen of his pieces are on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About Juilliard415 

Since its founding in 2009, Juilliard415, the School’s principal period-instrument ensemble, has received critical praise for its performances of both rare and canonical works of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble, which takes its name from the pitch commonly accepted for the performance of Baroque music (A=415), performs a wide range of repertoire in a number of different guises. Depending on the repertoire, the ensemble performs with as few as four or five players for intimate chamber music programs, to as many as thirty for major cornerstones of the repertoire, all under the direction of distinguished resident and guest artists.

Juilliard415 maintains a rigorous and intensive performance schedule. The ensemble provides the highest level of pre-professional training and the chance for students to become acquainted with the field’s leading artists. All Historical Performance majors play in several major concert cycles each semester; during their time as members of Juilliard415, students are exposed to diverse viewpoints, musical styles, and interpretive ideas.

Juilliard415 has performed under the direction of such distinguished musicians as William Christie, Ton Koopman, Harry Bicket (in a fully-staged production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea), Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, and Monica Huggett. In April 2011, the ensemble was engaged to accompany David Daniels and Dorothea Röschmann in a concert of Handel arias and duets at Carnegie Hall. Members of Juilliard415 have twice been featured as in-studio guests on WQXR, New York Public Radio.

Touring has become an important component of Juilliard415’s profile. A recent concert tour took the ensemble to Colgate University, where Monica Huggett led a concert entitled “Music from the Time of Monteverdi.” In a collaborative concert with Juilliard Baroque, the ensemble traveled to Spain for a sold-out performance of the complete “Brandenburg” Concertos at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. In 2011, Juilliard415 performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour in Italy in a joint concert project with Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music conducted by Masaaki Suzuki. This season, the ensemble teams up with Yale and Maestro Suzuki again for Bach’s B-Minor Mass, with performances slated for New York, New Haven, the Virginia Arts Festival, and on tour in Tokyo, Kyoto, Sendai, and Singapore.


During the 2012-13 school year, Juilliard415 performs Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with William Christie, an all-Rameau concert with Robert Mealy, and a performance of early German orchestral works with Jordi Savall at Alice Tully Hall (and at the Met Museum).

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Friday, March 1, 8 PM, Juilliard’s Willson Theater, 155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC

The Double Reeds of Juilliard415

Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe/leader (member of Juilliard’s Historical Performance faculty)


Dominic Teresi, bassoon (member of Juilliard’s Historical Performance faculty)

Brandon Labadie, oboe

Lindsay McIntosh, oboe

Priscilla Smith, oboe (alumna)

Allen Hamrick, bassoon

Clay Zeller-Townson, bassoon

Sam Budish, percussion

The program includes music by Lully, Philidor, Colasse, and Constantin.


Limited FREE tickets will be available beginning February 15 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu.