HOUSE OF TIME
Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation
Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe and english horn
Tatiana Daubek, violin
Cynthia Roberts, violin
Sarah Darling, viola
Beiliang Zhu, violoncello
Mozart in Prague
House of Time spirits us to Prague, the city that hosted Mozart’s premiere of Don Giovanni. The group performs a rare 18th-century arrangement of the overture, famously completed close to the opening curtain. Along with other Mozart works, House of Time offers pieces by Bohemians: Variations on a Czech Folk Song by Franz Krommer, and Anton Reicha’s Oboe Quintet.
“The musicians established their fluency and command early on…. The program carried the implicit message that great music is never an exit ramp out of reality. It’s an exploration of human experience in its widest and deepest dimensions.” —San Francisco Classical Voice
Artist Website: House of Time
House of Time, known for its “fluency and command” (San Francisco Classical Voice), is dedicated to both well-known and underperformed repertory of the 17th through 21st centuries played on period instruments. Members and guests include Juilliard and Curtis faculty and alumni of The Juilliard School, as well as prize-winners of major international competitions. Using the instruments and techniques of the past to express vivid passions in the music, House of Time has moved audiences and keeps them coming back for more. Critics have declared oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz “one of only a handful of truly superb baroque oboists in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell). Tatiana Daubek is known for her “sleekly elegant playing” (Gazettes Long Beach). Avi Stein, one of NYC’s finest performers, is described by the New York Times as “a brilliant organ soloist,” and Beiliang Zhu is described by the New Yorker as “elegant, sensual and stylishly wild.”
Currently in their fifth season as ensemble in residence at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, home audiences continue to grow. House of Time has been presented by the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Czech Center New York, Early Music Festival: NYC, San Diego and San Francisco Early Music Societies, The University Club in NYC, and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. Future appearances include concerts at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague, and on the prominent Music Before 1800 series for its 2017/18 season. House of Time, as a group and individually, continue to give free outreach concerts at Mount Sinai Concerts for Patients in New York City. They may be seen giving impromptu pop-up concerts in casual venues such as local cafes. House of Time is also on the roster of GEMS Live! Artists.
Gonzalo X. Ruiz is one of America’s most sought-after historical woodwind soloists. In recent seasons Mr. Ruiz has appeared as principal oboist and soloist with leading groups in the US and Europe, such as The English Concert, Sonnerie, Wiener Akademie, Philharmonia, Trinity Wall Street, The Boston Early Music Festival, and Musica Angelica. He has worked under such conductors as McGegan, Savall, Manze, Antonini, Huggett, Goodwin, Pinnock, Hasselböck, Rattle, Hogwood, and Egarr. He has been featured in numerous recordings of orchestral, chamber, and solo repertory. His reconstructions of the original versions of Bach’s Orchestral Suites received a Grammy nomination in 2010. Critics have declared Mr. Ruiz “a master of expansive phrasing, lush sonorities, and deft passagework” (San Francisco Chronicle). For many years he has taught at Oberlin Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, and most recently, was appointed professor at The Juilliard School. Mr. Ruiz has given master classes at Yale University, Indiana University, and the New World Symphony. His former students now fill the ranks of many top groups across the country. Equally accomplished on the modern oboe, he has been principal oboe of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Recent performances include the concertos of Mozart, Vaughn Williams, and Strauss. For many years Mr. Ruiz led the ensemble American Baroque that specializes in new music commissions. With this group, he received the 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. He is an acknowledged expert in historical reed techniques, and examples of his work are on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Tatiana Daubek is concertmaster for New York’s oldest Bach cantata series, Bach Vespers Holy Trinity. In addition, she performs with the American Classical Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Musica Angelica, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Daubek is a founding member of House of Time. She has taken part in multiple tours across North and South America with Musica Angelica/Wiener Akademie of The Infernal Comedy, and The Giacomo Variations starring John Malkovich. An active member of her Czech heritage, Ms. Daubek helped start the Festival Jarmily Novotne, a festival in the Czech Republic commemorating the life of star soprano and grandmother, Jarmila Novotna. She has collaborated abroad with the Czech ensemble, Musica Florea, and was a featured soloist broadcast live on Czech Radio. Daubek holds degrees from the University of North Texas, Boston University, and The Juilliard School. Aside from music, Tatiana is also a photographer specializing in portraiture and street photography.