Rachel Barton Pine, violin
John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba
Trio Settecento's passionate and authoritative interpretations renew the pleasures of hearing beloved music from the Age of Enlightenment while also revealing the delights of new discoveries. Imagination, vigor, technical polish and historical insight have made the Trio's performances appealing to audiences and critics alike.
Trio Settecento’s ‘Grand Tour’ recordings for Cedille Records survey 17th- and 18th century chamber music of four nations (Italy, Germany, France, and England). Said Classical North Carolina, “This is the finest recorded set of historically-informed Baroque period recitals that I have ever encountered.” Wrote Gramophone of An Italian Sojourn, "There isn't a piece that doesn't impress." Praised Strings magazine of A German Bouquet, “The music is lovely, and the playing exceptional.” For A French Soirée, The Strad found the Trio had “ravishing form. . . . Magic moments abound.” Of An English Fancy, Listen magazine said there are, “eighty minutes of labyrinthine delights here in which to lose yourself.”
The Trio’s recording of the Francesco Maria Veracini’s monumental Opus 2 Sonate Accademiche was released on Cedille Records in June 2015
Trio Settecento was formed after Rachel Barton Pine, John Mark Rozendaal and David Schrader came together in 1996 to record the complete violin sonatas of George Frederick Handel. The Trio has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Frick Collection, the Chicago Early Music Festival, Millenium Park, Brome Beaux Arts, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, Dumbarton Oaks and Houston Early Music.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Baltimore, Montreal, Vienna, New Zealand and Iceland Symphonies, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, working with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Marin Alsop and Neeme Järvi. Her festival appearances include Ravinia, Marlboro, and Salzburg. Her 25 critically acclaimed albums for the Cedille, Dorian, and Cacophony labels include Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos with Carlos Kalmar and the Chicago Symphony, and Beethoven and Clement Violin Concertos with José Serebrier and the Royal Philharmonic. She holds top prizes from the J.S. Bach (gold medal), Queen Elisabeth, Paganini, Kreisler, Szigeti, and Montreal international competitions. Her baroque instruments were made by Nicola Gagliano in 1770 and 1774, and have survived in completely original, unaltered condition. Rachelbartonpine.com
John Mark Rozendaal specializes in performing stringed instrument music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras. He has served as founding Artistic Director of the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, and as as principal ’cellist of The City Musick and Basically Bach. He has performed solo and continuo roles with many period instrument ensembles, including Brandywine Baroque, the Newberry Consort, Orpheus Band, The King’s Noyse/Boston Early Music Festival Violin Band, Parthenia, The New York Consort of Viols, Repast, Four Nations Ensemble, and the Catacoustic Consort. jmrozendaal.com
Equally at home in front of a harpsichord, organ, piano, or fortepiano, David Schrader is “truly an extraordinary musician . . . (who) brings not only the unfailing right technical approach to each of these different instruments, but always an imaginative, fascinating musicality to all of them” (Norman Pelligrini, WFMT, Chicago). Schrader has appeared with the Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Colorado Symphonies, and appeared as a soloist at four national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. He has also performed at the Irving Gilmore Keyboard Festival; the Ravinia Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. davidschrader.com