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Meet Nuova Pratica

Nuova Pratica is an ensemble of composer-performers that believes the music of the past is an important part of the future. Born out of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program, the members of Nuova Pratica specialize not only in the performance of European baroque music, but also in its composition and improvisation.


Nuova Pratica’s aim is not only to provide audiences with new and exquisitely composed music in styles they know and love, but to explore fully the utility of these historical techniques by applying them to other kinds of music, to gain a deep understanding of the underpinnings of historical music by building upon methods to improvise it together, and to share what we find with any who are interested! By engaging this music so intimately, Nuova Pratica is doing something both intensely historical and brand new.

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Nuova Pratica in the Press

21st Century Baroque - Early Music America

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Who We Are


Nicola Canzano

Nicola Canzano is a composer, harpsichordist and organist who specializes in the composition and improvisation of music in baroque styles.

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Ryan Cheng

Will Copeland is a Japanese-American violinist studying historical performance. He writes historical compositions and plays music on period instruments in styles ranging from 1600 to the present day.


Will Copeland

Manami Mizumoto

Manami Mizumoto started her lifelong relationship with music at age 3. She is devoted to collaboration and loves performing contemporary music and working with living composers.

Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca Nelson is a baroque violinist who enjoys composing songs inspired by her love of baroque, bluegrass and folk and is eager to lead her own projects that combine early music with visual art and film.

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Nathan Mondry is a professional organist, harpsichordist and fortepianist with international recognition as an improviser and composer.

Nathan Mondry

Cullen O'Neil

Cullen O’Neil is a New York City-based cellist originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2021 she was inducted as a Fellow of The English Concert in America and in 2022 became a member of Boston Baroque. 


Ellen Sauer

Ellen Sauer is a flute and recorder player currently based in New York. She grew up in a musical family in Michigan and is currently finishing a Historical Performance degree at The Juilliard School.

Charlie Reed

Charlie Reed is a multi-instrumentalist active in baroque and modern cello as well as viola da gamba. Currently, he is focusing on historical improvisation and composition.



Riley is an adorable Beagle mix adopted by Nicola Canzano and his partner Liza in 2019. She hates the harpsichord, but loves the viola da gamba. Even so, she will willingly “play Couperin” for treats.

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Rafa Prendergast

Brooklyn based violinist Rafa Prendergast is an active performer of works dating from the early 17th century through the present day. As an orchestral musician, Rafa has traveled around the world with Juilliard415.

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Violinist Ryan Cheng has performed widely across the United States, Europe and Asia. Ryan is especially interested in experimenting with historical playing techniques. 

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