New York Bach Artists

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jorge Avila, violin

Susan Rothholtz, flute

Eliot Bailen, cello

Douglas Keilitz, keyboard


Time:              8 pm


Tickets:          $30 – General Admission

                        $20 – Students & Seniors

                         Tickets available at the door



New York Bach Artists is Manhattan's newest professional ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Consisting of veteran instrumental performers Jorge Avila (violin), Susan Rotholz (flute), Eliot Bailen (cello), and Douglas Keilitz (harpsichord and organ), the ensemble presents its debut performance Thursday, December 27, 8:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, Manhattan.

Program to include:

Sonata in E-Major for flute and continuo, BWV 1035

Trio Sonata IV in e-minor for organ, BWV 528

Selections from the "Musical Offering", BWV 1079

Sonata in c-minor for violin, BWV 1017

Trio Sonata in G-Major, BWV 1038

and one of the Suites for Cello, BWV 1007-1012

About the Artists:

Jorge Ávila has won attention as an outstanding young violinist through numerous appearances as a soloist, recitalist, concertmaster, and chamber musician. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Mr. Ávila received his resident status in the United States under the “Extraordinary Talent” category. He was also awarded first prize at the 2001 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition. 

Hailed as “a strong violinist” by the NY Times after his performance as a soloist and concertmaster in The Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Haydn Symphonia concertante; Mr. Ávila has also performed as a soloist with orchestras in Europe, the U.S., Central and South America.  In the New York City area, he has appeared as a soloist with the Ridgefield Symphony, Colonial Symphony, Riverside Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony, City Island Chamber Orchestra, and The Bronx Arts Ensemble.

Mr. Ávila has appeared as concertmaster with numerous groups in the tri-state area, including the Stamford Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Colonial Symphony Orchestra, Westfield Symphony, Oratorio Society, Musica Sacra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, St., Grace Church Orchestra, Gotham Opera, National Chorale, Verismo Opera, José Limón Dance Company, Sonos Chamber Orchestra, Bachanalia, the New Amsterdam Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Mannes College of Music Orchestra.

He is also the Concertmaster of The Ridgefield Symphony, in CT., Long Island Masterworks, Distinguished Concerts International New York, Manhattan Concerts Productions, and The Patrick’s Cathedral Orchestra among many other choral groups in New York City. Mr. Ávila is a founding member of the Chalfonte Quartet.  In addition, he performs as a chamber musician with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Simon String Quartet, Abaca String Band, Willow Ensemble, Prism Ensemble and Musicians’ Accord. Mr. Ávila has also also performed with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble.

On Broadway, He has performed with numerous orchestras, including most recently the shows: South Pacific, West Side Story and Wicked

Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Mr. Ávila began his violin studies at age 14.  During his studies in Honduras, he received first prize in the “La Botonia” competition. In 1987, Mr. Ávila moved to the U.S. to study at the University of Georgia as a full scholarship student, where he served as concertmaster of the orchestra and member of the Pre-College faculty. In 1988, Mr. Ávila won the Atlanta Music Club Concerto Competition. That same year, Mr. Ávila moved to New York City where he began his studies as a scholarship student at the Mannes College of Music; from Mannes he received both his Bachelor of Music and Professional Studies diplomas.  Mr. Ávila’s major teachers include Jorge Corpus, David Nadien, Charles Castleman, and Jose Chaín-Barbot.

While attending the Tanglewood Music Center as recipient of the “Omar del Carlo” Fellowship,  Mr. Ávila studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard Quartet and the Galimir Quartet, as well as with Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish and Timothy Eddy.

Mr. Ávila has recorded for the Naxos, Nonesuch Records, Centaur and other labels.  He has also performed live on both television and radio.Previous season's highlights include recitals in NYC, Minneapolis, and Costa Rica; performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto and Mozart’s 3rd Concerto; and a memorable performance of The Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with David Finckel, Wu Han and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. On April 20th of 2008, Mr. Ávila appeared as Concertmaster for His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, at a televised Mass held at Yankee Stadium.

Mr. Ávila made his Carnegie Hall Concerto debut with the DCINY orchestra on Januray 16th, 2012. His recent performances include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra (October, 2011).  He made his solo Weill Recital Hall debut at Carnegie Hall in 2009, which featured music from Mr. Ávila’s upcoming CD of Spanish Sonatas for violin and piano, soon to be released on the Centaur Label.

Susan Rotholz, flutist, winner of the Young Concert Artists with Hexagon Piano and Winds and Concert Artists Guild as a soloist has been praised by The New York Times as “irresistible in both music and performance.” In demand as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Ms. Rotholz is Principal flute of the Greenwich Symphony and The New York Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Rothloz is currently a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The New York Pops and the Little Orchestra Society. She has toured extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and performs with the American Symphony, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Westchester Philharmonic, Encore’s at City Center and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ms. Rothloz is co-founder/director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble and the Rodeph Sholom Chamber Music Series and performs each season with the Cape May Music Festival, Greenwich Chamber Players, Saratoga Chamber Players and the Sebago Long Lake Chamber Music Festival. Her other festival appearances include the Grand Teton, Caramoor, and Marlboro Music Festivals.

For over twenty-five years, Ms. Rothloz was principal flute of the New England Bach Festival conducted by Blanche Honneger Moyse. Ms. Rotholz recorded the complete Bach Flute Sonatas and the Solo Partita with Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, on the Bridge Records label which a New Classics review said “beguiling sounds and first-class performances make this an enchanting experience” and the Wall Street Journal described as “eloquent and musically persuasive.”

Ms. Rothloz has commissioned and premiered many new works by such composers as Robert Beaser, Elizabeth Brown and Edie Hill and has recorded George Crumb's Night of Four Moons with the acclaimed soprano, Dawn Upshaw, for Nonesuch Records. A devoted teacher and chamber music coach, Ms. Rothloz teaches at the Colorado College Music Festival in Colorado Springs and during the year at Columbia University, Queens College: Aaron Copland School of Music, City College CUNY and Manhattan School of Music Pre-College. Her principal teachers were Thomas Nyfenger and Marcel Moyse and she holds degrees from Queens College (BM) and Yale School of Music (MM). In 2002 she received the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking. She lives in New York with her cellist/composer husband, Eliot Bailen, and their three children.

Eliot Bailen is principal cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble, Westfield Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra New England, Teatro Grattacielo, the Garret Lakes Arts Festival Orchestra and the New Choral Society. Strings Magazine writes, "At Merkin Hall (NYC) ‘cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music” (July, ’99).

Founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble whose performances The New York Times has described as “the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert.” (July, 2005), Mr. Bailen also performs regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, 'Modern Works,' the Cape May Music Festival and the Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival and is founder of the Rodeph Sholom Chamber Music Series in New York. He is assistant-principal cello of the Stamford Symphony and appears frequently with leading New York area orchestras such as the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera amd Ballet, American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society of New York.

Mr. Bailen has recorded for Nonesuch, Koch International, Deutche Grammophon, Delos, New World, Beanstalk, BMG and Flying Dutchman Records and has been heard as solo cello in numerous Broadway shows. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University and is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and Teachers College. Graduating in 1977 with High Honors in Music and French Literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Mr. Bailen also holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University where he was awarded the coveted Slater Prize for Entrepreneurship.

In 2002, he was awarded the Norman Vincent Peale Arts Award for Positive Thinking. Mr. Bailen has also gained national attention as a writer and producer of children's music. Winner of the 1990 Parent's Choice Gold Medal and winner of numerous ASCAP Popular Awards, Mr. Bailen was a featured guest artist on Nickelodeon's "Eureeka's Castle" airing from 1993 through 1997. Mr. Bailen has received over twenty commissions for his "Song to Symphony" project, an extended school residency program that presents children's original musicals in an orchestral setting; the project was the subject of a NY Times feature article (Sept. 2006). Recently, Mr. Bailen received a commission from the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra for a Double Concerto for flute and cello which premiered October 20 with himself and his wife, flutist, Susan Rotholz as soloists. They live in New York City with their twin sons David and Daniel and their daughter Julia.

Douglas Keilitz is Organist and Choirmaster at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in New York City. The church worships in the Anglo-Catholic tradition and maintains an all-professional choir. A native of Long Island, his earliest studies were with Robert Arnold and Robert K. Kennedy. Mr. Keilitz studied at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where his teachers included William Whitehead and Richard Westenburg. More recently, he studied with Stephen Hamilton. Over his thirty-five year career, he has held various church positions throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Keilitz is active as a recitalist, performing concerts in many of New York’s landmark churches, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Mary the Virgin, the Church of the Transfiguration, and St. Paul’s Chapel. Quoting the Lehigh Valley Chapter AGO newsletter after a performance in Allentown, Pennsylvania: “Douglas Keilitz amazed the listeners with a breathtaking performance of the (Bach) Pièce d’Orgue”...and “His playing was outstanding...”

He has performed in master classes with renowned organists Marie-Claire Alain (filmed by the American Guild of Organists as part of its “Masters Series” DVD collection), Olivier Latry, James David Christie, Charles Callahan, and Martin Jean. An experienced choral director, he has founded several community choruses and is a former director of the Greater Trenton Choral Society. He is also active as an accompanist and vocal coach, and serves in that capacity for several community choruses and synagogues.

Mr. Keilitz has been a member of the Executive Board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, holding the positions of Registrar and Archivist. An elected member of the St. Wilfrid Club (New York City’s organists ‘society’), he is also a member of the Anglican Association of Musicians, the Royal College of Organists, and the Gregorian Society.

In addition to his musical career, Mr. Keilitz is also active as a pipe organ builder, restorer, technician, and curator. He is skilled at cabinet and furniture-grade woodworking, is fond of all things nautical, and enjoys his automobiles and motorcycles.