The Mercury-Juilliard Fellowship

A collaboration between The Juilliard School of Music Historical Performance Program and Mercury

We are proud to announce this new collaboration between The Juilliard School of Music Historical Performance Program and Mercury.

This initiative encourages the development of talented young instrumentalists and fosters a strong relationship between two major players in America's period instrument performance scene. 

Each spring, Mercury holds auditions at Juilliard, selecting up to four post-graduate students to participate in a one-year fellowship with the ensemble.  Fellows will perform with Mercury during the season, gaining valuable performance experience while introducing Houston to the next generation of great period performance musicians. 


2016-2017 Mercury-Juilliard Fellows


Edson Scheid (Violin)

Edson has been praised for his “polished playing” (The Strad), and for being "both musically and technically one of the most assured and accomplished of today’s younger period violinists" (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). 

A native of Brazil, Edson has performed with such ensembles as Les Arts Florissants, Il Pomo d’Oro, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Juilliard415, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Aston Magna Music Festival, Orchester Wiener Akademie, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra.  He is the two-time winner of the Historical Performance Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School, and recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize at the Yale School of Music. 

Edson’s many performances of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, on both period and modern violins, have been received with enthusiasm around the world.  He has performed the Caprices in cities in Europe, North and South America, and Asia, and has been featured live in-studio on In Tune from BBC Radio 3. He has recorded the Caprices on baroque violin under the Naxos label. 

Edson holds degrees from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, the Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School, where he was the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.


Nayeon Kim (Violin)

Nayeon's career focus on music from the Renaissance through the early Romantic era with period instruments.  She pursued her second Master of Music degree in the Historical Performance program at The Juilliard School studying under Monica Huggett and Cynthia Robert and graduated recently. 

Originally from South Korea, Nayeon has received an Artist Diploma as well as a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Hyo Kang.  While there, she was a graduate fellow for the Yale Baroque Ensemble, performing a wide variety of repertoire from early 17th century Baroque opera to contemporary chamber music in collaboration with New Music New Haven series. 

Shortly after graduating with her bachelor's degree with honors from Seoul National University in South Korea, Nayeon won a position with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, where she remained for five years before coming to the United States. 

Nayeon has participated in many festivals including Dans les Jardins de William Christie, the Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals, the Oregon Bach Festival, Leipzig Bachfest, and the Norfork Chamber Music Festival.  She has performed alongside such distinguished musicians as William Christie, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Robert Levin, Nicholas McGegan, Richard Egarr, Monica Huggett, Rachel Podger, and Robert Mealy. 


Toma Iliev (Viola)

Currently based in New York City, Toma is a well-rounded musician focused on historical performance practice.  He has performed at prominent concert venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Peter J. Sharp Theater, Merkin Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and in venues across North America and Europe. 

Recent appearances include performances at the Oregon Bach Festival 2016, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition 2016, the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy 2016, Dans les Jardins de William Christie 2016, as well as broadcasts on, BBC3 radio, KLCC and the CBC “Rush Hour” series. 

Toma holds the Christa Bach-Marschall Foundation Prize from the International Bach Competition in Leipzig 2014, and was a competition winner at the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concerto Competition.  Between 2014 and 2016 he appeared regularly with Juilliard’s period ensemble, Juilliard415 at venues in North America and Europe, including Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, and others. 

A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Toma holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and a Graduate Diploma in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School.  In the 2016-2017 season he will be performing regularly with the Portland Baroque Orchestra.



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