"The Historical Performance program at Juilliard has marked a before and an after in my career. On top of a unique faculty, to be coached and perform masterworks with William Christie, Jordi Savall, Richard Egarr, Masaaki Suzuki, Monica Huggett, and Robert Mealy, among many others, taught me the highest ­­­­standards of music making."
Ignacio Prego MM '14, harpsichord

Life After Juilliard

Juilliard's full-tuition scholarship Historical Performance program was established in 2009 for graduate students specializing in early music on period instruments. The program has developed an international reputation in just a few short years. Alumni play regularly with many of the world's major early music ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival, Tafelmusik, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Mercury, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Les Arts Florissants.

Additionally, the Historical Performance program is an integral part of the growing early landscape in New York and beyond. Alumni enjoy rich and varied careers, using the entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit and many professional connections cultivated by the program. Many start their own ensembles and play as active freelancers in New York, the United States, and around the world.

Juilliard Historical Performance Alumna Wen Yang
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"My favorite Historical Performance memory is our tour performing Bach's St. Matthew Passion in Italy with Juilliard415. Our concert in Florence in the Orsanmichele started over an hour late because a fire alarm was going off in the building next door! It turned the three-hour St. Matthew into a four-hour show, but it was an amazing performance!"
Tatiana Daubek MM '12, violin
"My favorite Juilliard memory is performing the 'Brandenburg' Concertos in Madrid. However, every time we shared the stage with everyone from Juilliard415 and our faculty was special. I appreciated the human, collaborative factor in our program, very much encouraged by our faculty. It made every class an experiment and gave live performing genuineness and a sense of adventure."
Liv Heym MM '11, violin
Juilliard Historical Performance Alumnus Doug Balliett
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Juilliard Historical Performance in the News

The caliber and influence of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program is making international headlines.

“The Juilliard’s early music ensemble, Juilliard415, play not just Bach, but Beethoven, Haydn and new works – one sign of the way in which the school’s latest performing arts programme is behind new trends in period performance”“How the Juilliard School is changing the way we hear early music,” The Guardian, May 2015

“Performance standards have risen markedly, thanks in large part to the Juilliard School’s establishment of a curriculum in historical performance. A new generation of gifted and enterprising musicians has rejuvenated and replenished the scene (to the occasional chagrin, no doubt, of veteran players in a growing but still limited market).” – “Early Music and Its Future,” The New York Times, June 2014

“In the last five years, several new programs have sprung up: at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, at Yale University and, perhaps most significantly, at the Juilliard School, the epicenter of 'modern' performance training. Indeed, Juilliard's program of 25 masters' and diploma students studying baroque instruments, which just completed its second year, is a signal that historical performance is no longer a fringe activity." – “Second-Class Repertoire No More,” The Wall Street Journal, June 2011

New York “plays host to some of today’s outstanding early-music ensembles and conductors and puts forward a leading period-instrument ensemble of its own being nurtured at the Juilliard School, Juilliard415.” – “Early Music Is Enjoying Its Moment,” The New York Times, March 2011