24/25 Season Artist

Twelfth Night Ensemble

Founded in 2021, Twelfth Night is a refreshingly new period ensemble led by keyboardist David Belkovski and violinist Rachell Ellen Wong, driven by their belief that art is best explored as a meeting place of the past, present, and future.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s play of the same name, the ensemble invokes a spirit of boundless revelry, celebration, and community in their programming.  Based in New York City, David and Rachell are regarded as key young representatives of early music: Rachell is the only baroque artist to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant and David is the first recipient in the field of early music to receive the Levinson Arts Achievement Award. Twelfth Night has been hosted in concert series across the country, including Arizona Early Music (Tucson), Chatham Baroque (Pittsburgh), Chamberfest Brown County (Nashville, IN), Music Before 1800 (NYC), and Apex Concert Series (Reno). In 2023, they were the only historical performance ensemble to be featured at Chamber Music America’s national conference showcase. This year, David and Rachell debuted with Miami’s New World Symphony, directing them in their first exploration of period instruments. Future concerts include recitals for Early Music Seattle and the Heifetz International Music Institute, as well as appearances at Chamber Music Society of Logan (Utah), Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City, and Cal Performances at UC Berkeley.

David and Rachell met as students in the Historical Performance division of The Juilliard School. Endless hours rehearsing and performing together confirmed a special musical chemistry and shared vision, inspiring them to dream up an ensemble for the 21st century. Through Twelfth Night, they are eager to position historical performance as an integral part of all performance.

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