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.
2019-2020 Mercury-Juilliard Fellows
Bethanne Walker (Flute)
Flutist Bethanne Walker is dedicated to modern, orchestral, and historical performance practice. She is the principal flutist of the Stockton Symphony, and performs with the San Francisco Symphony among several others. A strong advocate of new music, she has given performances of over fifty world premieres. She has given premieres and has worked with composers including Mason Bates, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Kaija Saariaho, Gunther Schuller, and George Crumb. In 2012, Walker was the William H. Grass Memorial Prize Winner of the 32nd Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition in Boston. She is a recipient of a fellowship at Music Academy of the West; the Kaplan Fellowship at Bowdoin International Music Festival; a full tuition scholarship recipient at American Bach Soloists Academy, Tafelmusik Winter Institute, Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute, the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin; and a Historical Performance Fellowship Recipient of a full tuition scholarship at The Juilliard School, among several other awards and scholarships. Walker maintains an exclusive private teaching studio, and has taught baroque flute through the Historical Performance Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has studied with Tim Day, Linda Toote, and Sandra Miller.
Rachell Ellen Wong (Violin)
Performing with “unerring beauty” (The Classical Music Network), international prize-winning violinist Rachell Ellen Wong is recognized as an “emerging artist to watch and seek out” (Early Music America).
Originally from Seattle, Rachell has been a featured soloist with orchestras across the globe. Recent appearances include the Orquesta Sinfónica in Costa Rica, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá, and tours with the New Zealand String Quartet.
Rachell was a prize winner in the XXI International J.S. Bach Competition, and won grand prizes in the Sorantin International String Competition, and the inaugural Next Generation Competition, as part of Seattle’s Gallery Concerts. An avid chamber musician, Rachell regularly performs at Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, and on the chamber music series Byron Schenkman & Friends. Rachell is a founding member of New Amsterdam Consort based in NYC, performing consort-style music of the 17th century. She is also an American Fellow of The English Concert, elected in 2019.
Rachell holds a Masters of Music in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School, where she was a Kovner Fellow. She also holds a Masters degree from Indiana University. Proud of her multi-racial heritage, Rachell studies diverse musical styles, including the Scottish fiddle.
2018-2019 Mercury-Juilliard Fellows
Alana Youssefian (Violin)
A native of New Jersey, “sensational” baroque and modern violinist Alana Youssefian (San Francisco Civic Center) has quickly forged a reputation as an engaging and spirited soloist, chamber player, and orchestral musician. Hailed for her “incredible poise,” “sensitive dynamics,” and “plangent emotional involvement” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), as well as presenting performances that are “utterly convincing” (Early Music America), Ms. Youssefian has performed internationally as a concertmaster and soloist, in addition to holding engagements at venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Mann Center, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Youssefian studied with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin Conservatory, and completed a master’s degree in Violin Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Kenneth Goldsmith. She most recently graduated from The Juilliard School's Historical Performance Program in Spring 2018.
As winner of Juilliard's 2017 Historical Performance Concerto Competition, she performed Vivaldi's "Il Grosso Mogul" concerto with Juilliard415 and Nicholas McGegan. She has performed with Juilliard415 as concertmaster and soloist on several occasions, including their tours of India and New Zealand. She has also performed with Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Mercury, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated, Sonnambula, Les Arts Florissants at Dans le Jardin de William Christie, and Teatro Nuovo as associate concertmaster. Recent engagements as concerto soloist include Voices of Music and Philharmonia Baroque. She is a founding member of the baroque ensemble les soûls d’amour, and enjoys their residency at the Seabury Academy at St. Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk, CT. Her latest ensemble, The Cramer Quartet, was selected for a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Summer 2018. She was named an American Fellow of The English Concert and Juilliard Fellow of Mercury in 2018.
In her free time, Ms. Youssefian enjoys spending time with her cats Jimmy and Django, learning new recipes, meditation coloring books, and rocking out to The Rolling Stones. More information can be found at alanayoussefian.com.
Sarah Jane Kenner (Violin)
Born and raised in New Rochelle, New York, violinist Sarah Jane Kenner is currently based in New York City. Ms. Kenner has performed with a number of ensembles, including Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, and Juilliard415, the school’s period-instrument ensemble. As a winner of Juilliard's Historical Performance concerto competition, Ms. Kenner made her Lincoln Center debut as a featured soloist with Juilliard415 in 2018. She has also served as their concertmaster and principal second violinist and joined them on tours throughout the U.S., Europe, India, and New Zealand.
Ms. Kenner has served as concertmaster of the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and has held principal positions in the Temple University Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include a tour to Leipzig with Juilliard415 and Bach Collegium Japan, the Teatro Nuovo Festival, and performances with Les Arts Florissants at the Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie in Thiré, France. Ms. Kenner is also sa proud recipient of the English Concert in America Fellowship and the Mercury Juilliard Fellowship.
Ms. Kenner received her graduate diploma in Historical Performance at Juilliard, where she studied with Cynthia Roberts and Elizabeth Blumenstock. She also holds a Bachelor of Music from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied respectively with Hirono Oka and Lucie Robert.
2017-2018 Mercury-Juilliard Fellows
Augusta McKay Lodge (Violin)
Violinist Augusta McKay Lodge has been named a 2016 English Concert American Fellow, and a 2017 Mercury Juilliard Fellow. She performs regularly with Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, and will be joining Les Arts Florissants on their 2018 season. She has performed in venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), and Severance Hall (Cleveland).
Past positions include serving as assistant concertmaster with the Nederlands Studenten Orkest, principal second violin of the Sweelinck Baroque Orchestra (Amsterdam), and concertmaster of Juilliard415 under the leadership of William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Ton Koopman, Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Nicholas McGegan.
Among her numerous honors are winner of Juilliard’s Historical Performance Concerto Competition, and first prize in the 2014 Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Augusta McKay Lodge earned a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School, and is a graduate of the Juilliard School in historical performance under the tutelage of Cynthia Roberts, Monica Huggett, Elizabeth Blumenstock, and Robert Mealy. Augusta plays on a Jason Viseltear baroque violin from 2014.
Keiran Campbell (Cello)
Cellist Keiran Campbell received his undergraduate degree from Juilliard with Darrett Adkins and is pursuing his masters in Historical Performance at Juilliard with Phoebe Carrai and Timothy Eddy.
While at Juilliard, he has played under conductors including William Christie, Richard Egarr, and Masaaki Suzuki. Keiran has played in masterclasses for Zuill Bailey, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Harry Bicket, Christophe Coin, Richard Egarr, Pablo Heras-Casado, Bonnie Hampton, Frans Helmerson, Jordi Savall, Brinton Smith, and Hopkinson Smith.
He has attended the Berwick Festival, the Perlman Chamber Workshop, Sarasota Music Festival, and Kneisel Hall.
He has performed with members of the Cleveland and Juilliard quartets, studied with David Geringas at the Accademia Chigiana, and has often participated in IMS at Prussia Cove, working with Steven Isserlis and Ralph Kirshbaum. Keiran is both an English Concert and Mercury-Juilliard Fellow for 2017-18.
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 Medici.tv, 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.