Most people experience time as a stream, an ever-changing present fading into an ever-receding past. We prefer to think of it as an enormous house with countless rooms, each preserving a slice of history as it was. If we have the right key we can visit these rooms, unlock bits of time and interact with them. The House of Time is where history waits for us to come alive. House of Time is an exciting new ensemble dedicated to music of the 17th through the 20th century played on period instruments. Members include faculty and graduates of the Juilliard School as well as prize-winners of major international competitions. Programming combines masterpieces with works by lesser known masters and recent discoveries. Using the instruments and techniques of different eras to express vivid passions in the music, House of Time seeks to make the past speak directly to our culture and provide relief from the fast pace of modern day life. House of Time has been presented by the Czech Center in New York City in a concert of 17th century gems from the Kromeriz archive. They have also given headline performances at the Berkeley Early Music Festival and Early Music Festival:NYC, and starting their second season of concerts in Manhattan.
Tatiana Daubek holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from Boston University and most recently a Master of Music in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded a full scholarship to study under the direction of the distinguished faculty, Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. Ms. Daubek is currently pursuing a career as a Baroque violinist because she feels there is an endless amount of variety and color within the style and choice of tools to use when performing. As a free-lance artist, Ms. Daubek plays with numerous period ensembles throughout the country and abroad including Boston Baroque, Cambridge Concentus, Handel and Haydn Society, Musica Angelica, New Trinity Baroque, New York Baroque Inc., Wiener Akademie. Ms. Daubek has taken part in multiple tours with Musica Angelica/Wiener Akademie of The Infernal Comedy and The Giacomo Variations starring John Malkovich. She will be featured in the new film, The Giacomo Variations, about Casanova’s life, coming out next spring. Ms. Daubek is involved with the Festival Jarmily Novotne, a festival commemorating the life of star soprano Jarmila Novotna, in the Czech Republic and gave several inaugural performances last September in Liten, Czech Republic. This past summer, she collaborated again with Musica Florea for the Festival Jarmily Novotne and was a featured soloist broadcast live on the Czech Radio. Aside from music, Tatiana is also a photographer specializing in portraiture.
Cellist Paul Dwyer brings to life everything from brand new works by young composers to early music on historical instruments. He has been prize-winner of numerous competitions, and is the recipient of the Javits Fellowship and Presser Award. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, and has performed chamber music with pianist Menahem Pressler, principal players of Apollo’s Fire, and artist-faculty of the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Michigan and Aspen Music Festival. Paul holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. '07) and the University of Michigan (D.M.A. '12), where he was Teaching Assistant to Richard Aaron. As a Fulbright Fellow, Paul studied privately with Anner Bylsma and Frances-Marie Uitti in Amsterdam. He recently completed additional graduate studies in historical performance at The Juilliard School. Growing up in Vienna, Austria, and Munich, Germany, Paul originally wanted to play the double bass, but was told he was too short. His explorations on the cello began soon thereafter: as a teenager, he co-founded a cello quartet dedicated to heavy metal music, and premiered Prelude for Cello and Didgeridoo by and with Dean Wilmington. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, biking and brewing beer.
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 U.S. and Europe, such as The English Concert, Sonnerie, Wiener Akademie, Philharmonia, Trinity Wall Street, The Boston Early Music Festival, and Musica Angelica, 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 repertoire and his reconstructions of the original versions of Bach’s Orchestral Suites received a Grammy nomination in 2010. Critics have declared Mr. Ruiz “one of only a handful of truly superb baroque oboists in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell) and “a master of expansive phrasing, lush sonorities, and deft passagework” (San Francisco Chronicle). For 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, the New World Symphony, and 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, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, with recent performances including the concertos of Mozart, Vaughn Williams, and Strauss. For many years Mr. Ruiz led the ensemble American Baroque, specializing in new music commissions, for which 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.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Leon Schelhase holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cape Town and a Master’s degree in Historical Performance from Boston University, where he was a student of Peter Sykes. Mr. Schelhase performed with Emmanuel Music, Ensemble Florilege, and the Gardner Museum Orchestra and also appeared on the band A Far Cry’s first CD,Debut. He is one of the founding members of Cambridge Concentus, an ensemble specializing in the music of Bach; and a recipient of the American Bach Soloists’ prestigious Goldberg Prize. Mr. Schelhase has performed with the chamber ensemble Old City Music, La Rocinante (Colombia), Ars Antiqua, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bach Festival Orchestra, New York State Baroque, and Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY). He is continuo accompanist fellow at the Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin, OH. He has also appeared as guest soloist with the American Bach Soloists (CA) and served as assistant conductor in Handel’s Teseo at the Chicago Opera Theater. Mr. Schelhase joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012.
Avi Stein teaches vocal repertoire at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, continuo accompaniment at the Juilliard School, harpsichord at the Longy School and is the music director at St. Matthew & St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The New York Times described him as “a brilliant organ soloist” in his Carnegie Hall debut and he was recently featured in Early Music America magazine in an article on the new generation of leaders in the field. Avi has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, Canada and Central America. He is an active continuo accompanist who plays regularly with the Boston Early Music Festival, the Trinity Church Wall Street Choir and Baroque Orchestra, the Clarion Music Society and Bach Vespers NYC. Avi directed the young artists’ program at the Carmel Bach Festival and has conducted a variety of ensembles including the Opera Français de New York, OperaOmnia, and the Amherst Festival Opera. He serves as director of the 4×4 Festival in New York City. Avi studied at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California and was a Fulbright scholar in Toulouse.
Beiliang Zhu won the 1st prize and the Audience Award at the XVIII International Bach Competition 2012 (Violoncello/Baroque Violoncello) as the first string player to have received this honor on a baroque instrument. She received her Master of Music from the Juilliard School in Historical Performance, Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Beiliang is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, under the guidance of Steven Doane. Hailed by the New York Times as “particularly exciting”, and by the New Yorker as bringing “telling nuances”, and being “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild”, Beiliang has performed with internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles, such as William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Monica Huggett, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Juilliard Baroque, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Trinity Wall Street Orchestra and many more. As Beiliang is interested in a wide range of repertoire and different roles as a modern cellist, baroque cellist, and violist da gamba, she has won a section cellist position of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during undergraduate, has held the principal cellist position of Mercury Houston, and has won awards including the Eastman Cello Concerto Competition, 2nd prize in the Holland America Music Society International Competition, and the 2010 Henry I. Goldberg Young Artist Prize at the American Bach Soloists Academy.