Some of you may have already heard that after a decade of playing together, Brooklyn Rider is about to have a change of personnel. Most of you know that in addition to being an exceptional cellist, Eric has been steadily building his life as a conductor. In addition to his roles as the conductor and Co-Artistic Director of the Knights, Music Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and guest appearances with orchestras in the US and Europe, Eric recently accepted the position of Music Director with Orlando Philharmonic, After careful consideration, Eric is choosing to step down as the cellist of Brooklyn Rider. We are so proud of Eric's ever-growing success and of everything we achieved. In the upcoming weeks we will be releasing new videos to celebrate Eric and our 10 years together. We wish him the very best.
We are excited to let you know that Eric's place will be filled by an equally talented, multi-faceted musician we very much admire and respect. Since graduating from Juilliard, cellist Michael Nicolas has had a diverse career as a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Ensemble Ditto, the former Associate Principal Cellist of the Montreal Symphony, and an outstanding musician overall. Michael loves the music of our time as much as the standards of the quartet repertoire, and he shares our passion for collaboration. We are thrilled to welcome him into the group, and can't wait for you all to hear him as a new member of Brooklyn Rider.
In other news, we have a new album, "The Fiction Issue". The record is a celebration of our friendship with Gabriel Kahane, one of today's most interesting singer-songwriters and composers. You can find the album here: https://gabrielkahane.bandcamp.com/
Finally, Johnny launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund a recording of the complete Sonatas & Partitas for violin solo by JS Bach. The campaign is live till February 26th, you can find it here:
We hope to see you all very soon. Until then, with love and gratitude
Colin, Johnny, and Nick