emily dahl irons
Violinist Emily Dahl Irons is an active performer known for her inventive and intuitive style. She enjoys a diverse career ranging from broadway musicals to baroque opera. Highlights include a Beethoven-themed salon concert using an 1807 piano and the St Matthew Passion at the Concertgebouw. Emily’s poised and gracious sound can be heard throughout Boston with the Handel and Haydn Society and Les Bostonades, among others, and she is a core member of Grand Harmonie, Emergence Quartet, and Antico/Moderno. After studying abroad at the Royal Academy in London, Emily now lives in Roslindale where she happily investigates local bakeries and ice cream.
Sarah Darling holds a variety of leading roles on violin and viola with A Far Cry, the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Musicians of the Old Post Road, Boston Baroque, Antico Moderno, Gut Reaction, and Musical Offering, also performing with the Boston Early Music Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, Emmanuel Music, and Boston Ballet. Sarah has recorded for Naxos, Linn, Paladino, Azica, MSR, and Centaur Records. She studied at Harvard, Juilliard, Amsterdam, and Freiburg (via the Beebe, Paine, and DAAD grants), and is currently finishing a doctorate at New England Conservatory with Kim Kashkashian. She is active as a teacher and coach, with a special interest in body mechanics and musical rhetoric and recent guest sessions at Longy, Yale, and Cornell. Sarah has been described as "focused, nuanced, and arresting" (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and praised for her “excellent solos” (Boston Globe), “absolute concentration and astonishing precision” (Badischer Zeitung), and “sympathy and spirit” (Hub Review).
Julia McKenzie performs internationally on historical and modern violins in a wide range of musical styles. She specializes in period performance with numerous ensembles, including Les Bostonades, Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Newton Baroque, American Baroque Orchestra, and Rowe's Lane Quartet, a period string quartet focusing on chamber music of the early 19th century. She has appeared in international music festivals, including the Casals Festival, Ravinia Festival, and the Beethoven Festival in Krakow/Warsaw with Boston Baroque; Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, and festivals in Mexico City with the Musicians of the Old Post Road; and at the BBC Proms in London with the Handel & Haydn Society.
A native of Boston, Abigail Karr received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Rice
University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying violin with the late Sergiu Luca. She appears with many ensembles on modern and historical violin, including the Handel & Haydn Society (as occasional principal player and soloist) and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra of Manhattan. With keyboardist Yi-heng Yang, she has recorded Mendelssohn's complete violin sonatas on historical instruments at the renowned Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Abigail’s solo and chamber music performances have drawn praise from such publications as Toronto NOW magazine, the New York Times and the Boston Musical Intelligencer. She holds a degree in historical performance from The Juilliard School, and lives in New York City.