The BBE is a collective of some of the Midwest's finest artists. Players regularly appear in ensembles throughout Chicago, the Midwest, and at the national and international levels. Find out more about the next generation of early music professionals and BBE guest musicians here.
Nathan Medley | Countertenor
Nathan Medley’s performing career has taken him around the United States and Europe on both concert and operatic stages. His opera credits include the roles of Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dema in Cavalli's L'Egisto, and Ottone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. As Ottone, Medley won praise from Clevelend critics for an interpretation "sung with baroque perfection." Mr. Medley has worked under the direction of Stephen Stubbs, La Scala's Umberto Finazzi, Sally Stunkel, Jonathon Field, Webb Wiggins, and Danielle Patelli. As a core member of the ensemble, Echoing Air, Medley sings frequent concert performances of mostly English baroque music. In addition to the standard baroque concert repertoire, Mr. Medley frequently commissions and performs modern works in an effort to broaden public awareness of the countertenor voice type.
In 2008, Mr. Medley became a Presser Scholar, studying pedagogical approaches to the countertenor voice type and 20th-century countertenor repertoire. He has appeared in master classes with Marilyn Horne, Emma Kirkby, Martin Katz, and Ellen Hargis, and holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory in voice and historical performance. He can be heard weekly with the Christ Church Cathedral of Men and Boys in Indianapolis and is on faculty at Marian University and the University of Indianapolis.
Jason Moy | Harpsichord
Jason J. Moy holds degrees in harpsichord and Early Music performance from McGill University in Montreal, where his primary teachers and mentors included Hank Knox, Luc Beauséjour, and the late Bruce Haynes. Jason is currently based in his native Chicago, where he serves on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music. His concert activities have taken him throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and include an appearance at the 2009 York Early Music Festival in the United Kingdom. Jason regularly appears as both soloist and continuo player with some of the area’s most respected ensembles, including the Bach Week Festival Orchestra, Baroque Band, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Music of the Baroque, Newberry Consort, and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured in live performances on BBC Radio 3 and Chicago’s classical radio station, WFMT98.7; on television for ABC7 and CBS2 Chicago; and is a frequent guest on the International Music Foundation’s acclaimed series of Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. For more information, visit www.jjmoy.com.
Koji Otsuki | Music Direction, Violin
A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Koji Otsuki grew up in Tsukuba City, Japan. He began studying the violin at an early age, and later studied Japanese traditional court music (Gagaku), playing the ryuteki, a traditional bamboo flute. Mr. Otsuki's strong curiosity for Bach eventually led him back to the U.S. to pursue degrees in music. He holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Temple University inPhiladelphia, and taught there as a conducting instructor from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Otsuki is currently pursuing a doctorate in Early Music Ensemble Direction at Indiana University, Bloomington. His mentors include Helmuth Rilling (Oregon Bach Festival and Bachwoche 2004) and Masaaki Suzuki, director of Bach Collegium Japan, with whom Mr. Otsuki worked closely from 2003 to 2005. In addition to his conducting studies, Otsuki has also studied Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie and Natsumi Wakamatsu, traverso with Liliko Maeda, voice with Yukari Nonshita, and Baroque trumpet with Toshio Shimada.
Mark Shuldiner | Keyboards
Mark Shuldiner, historical keyboards, is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's Historical Performance program, where he studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins. Mr. Shuldinerhas also enjoyed additional instruction from such keyboard luminaries as Emanuel Ax and Davitt Moroney. Recent projects have included playing harpsichord, celesta, and organ for staged productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten as well as a production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea under the direction of Stephen Stubbs. Mark recently led a performance of Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants to great acclaim on a fringe concert at the 2009 Boston Early Music Festival. A native of Chicago, Mark is pleased to be back in his home town, where he regularly performs with The Opera Company, the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble and other historical instrument ensembles throughout the greater Chicago area.
Philip Spray | Violone, Baroque Guitar
Philip Spray (violone and baroque guitar) has been active with period instrument ensembles and choirs across the country. He has recorded with Miami’s Seraphic Fire and with Concordia Publishing in St. Louis. He is a founding member of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra under Barthold Kuijken, Alchymy Viol Consort, and Musik Ekklesia , an ensemble dedicated to the performance of baroque sacred music. Musik Ekklesia’s recent recording, The Vanishing Nordic Chorale was released in 2011 by Sono Luminus. The English magazine Gramophone selectedit as an “Editors’ Pick”, describing the recording as enchanting and intriguing. American Record Guide‘s review called the CD absolutely delightful. Vanishing Nordic Chorale was a 2012 Grammy nominee for best classical producer.
Anna Steinhoff | Violoncello
Anna Steinhoff, cellist, enjoys making music old and new. As a baroque cellist she is a regular member of Baroque Band (Chicago's period instrument orchestra), and a founding member of Wayward Sisters. As a modern cellist, Anna is a former Civic Orchestra member, and has performed in many ensembles including the Chicago Philharmonic, the New Millennium Orchestra and Dal Niente. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University, Anna studied with Peter Rejto and Hans Jensen. In addition to classical music, Anna has recorded and performed with bands such as of Saturday Looks Good To Me, Flashpapr, Function Ensemble, City Cricket, and Ontologist.