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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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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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Will Copeland

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.

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.


Manami Mizumoto

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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Rafa Prendergast

Rafa Prendergast (they/them) is a violinist originally from Denver, Colorado. They are a performer of both early repertoire and new music, and have played with ensembles across the country in both capacities.


Cullen O’Neil is a modern and baroque cellist originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Cullen currently freelances as a performer in and around New York City, and teaches cello and music theory lessons.

Cullen O'Neil


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.


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.

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