The Mozartean Players

Artist Biographies

STEVEN LUBIN is one of the world's premier fortepianists, sustaining a busy international career as a performer and recording artist. His solo appearances on both fortepiano and modern piano include engagements at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and Great Performers' Series, the Ravinia Festival, the Kennedy Center, Vienna's Musikverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Barbican Center and South Bank Festival, France's Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron, Holland's Utrecht Festival, Finland's Espoo Festival, and many other auspices. His numerous concerto engagements include appearances with the National Symphony, the St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, the Odessa Philharmonic, and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg.

Mr. Lubin has served as soloist and conductor of The Mozartean Players Classical Orchestra in a five-year cycle of concerts at New York's Metropolitan Museum and Alice Tully Hall, and in a series of Mozart-concerto recordings. His Decca recording of the five Beethoven concertos was chosen as a Recording of the Year by The New York Times, Stereo Review and Gramophone, and was cited as the finest recorded Beethoven cycle available by the Penguin Guide. Mr. Lubin has also recorded many other works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Brahms.

ANCA NICOLAU, a violinist with a widespread international career, performs on both modern and period instruments. A prize-winner at the Tanglewood Music Festival, she has performed at the Caramoor, Bard, Mostly Mozart, Jazz from Lincoln Center, Spoleto, Drottningholm, Edinburg, Perth, and Warsaw festivals, as well as at The Brixen Academy in Italy and The Proms in London. She is currently a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Loma Mar Quartet, and the Long Island Baroque Ensemble, and she often performs with the Axelrod Quartet, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Bach Ensemble, the Aulos Ensemble, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Drottningholm Theater Ensemble.

Ms. Nicolau has recorded for the EMI, Nonesuch, Decca, Musical Heritage and Sony Classical labels. The Loma Mar Quartet/London Symphony Orchestra recording for EMI, "Working Classical by Paul McCartney," in which she participated, reached number one on the classical music charts. Ms. Nicolau is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music's Preparatory Division, the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and the Westchester Conservatory.

MYRON LUTZKE is one of the foremost American players of eighteenth-century cello. Equally active as a performer on both modern and period instruments, he is a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Aulos Ensemble and the Bach Ensemble, and serves as principal cellist of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. He has also held the principal position with the Classical Band and Drottningholm Festival Orchestra in Sweden.

Mr. Lutzke tours extensively as a recitalist and chamber player throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, and performs frequently at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, Aston Magna, and Mostly Mozart festivals. As a continuo player he has performed in the Metropolitan Opera production of Handel's Julius Caesar and in Peter Sellars' television production of the Mozart - Da Ponte operas, which were recorded in Vienna and broadcast over PBS. He is a member of the Early Music faculty of the Mannes College of Music, where he teaches baroque cello and performance practice. Mr. Lutzke can be heard in numerous recordings on more than half a dozen major labels.