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Galant Schema Studies is an initiative of Jonathan Salamon and Alexander Nicholls. As performers and schema theorists their aim is to bring the two worlds of performance and theory into one, to create historically informed performances and compositions. ​


Jonathan Salamon

Jonathan Salamon is a harpsichordist, pianist, and scholar based in New York, NY. A prizewinner at the 2019 Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition in Lamèque, Canada, he has performed and presented at festivals and academic conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Jonathan is the Principal Harpsichordist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and recently made his concerto debut with the Orchestra at Carnegie Weill Hall. He completed a Fulbright grant for study and research in Amsterdam, examining and performing eighteenth-century music of the Portuguese synagogue. Committed to supporting early music communities in North America, Jonathan was a member of Early Music America’s Emerging Professional Leadership Council for a two-year term. Publication of his DMA thesis, “The Leo: A Galant Schema and Its Affective Trajectory," is forthcoming.


Jonathan completed his undergraduate studies in Piano Performance at NYU, holds a Master of Music degree in Harpsichord Performance from the Yale School of Music, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Yale.

Alexander Nicholls

Alexander Nicholls is an award-winning violoncellist, and scholar specialising performance and study of eighteenth-century music based in Vienna, Austria. He holds degrees in music performance from The Juilliard School (USA), and The University of Western Australia, as well as a musicology degree from The University of Sydney. Gaining momentum from orchestral experiences and studies with various international artists across three continents, Alexander performs appears in concerts and recordings with various ensembles and orchestras across the world.


Alexander is currently undertaking his doctoral studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien under Dr Clive Brown where he is focussing on the violoncello performing practices of King Friedrich Wilhelm II (1744–1797). Alexander's passions lie in the recovery of neglected eighteenth-century music and historically informed musicology.

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Current Project

Galant Schemata in Theory & Practice Conference, 2022

Salamon and Nicholls host a conference on galant schema theory and its applications and implications for performance practice. The conference will be held via Zoom from September 30th-October 2nd, 2022 and will focus on the importance and application of schemata in classical music. 

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Coming Soon 

Beethoven the Galant Composer

Salamon and Nicholls present an analysis journey through Ludwig van Beethoven's keyboard works. Beethoven owned a copy of Riepel's works as well as a subscription the Italian partimenti school by Alexandre Charon. The series focuses on the galant schemata employed by the composer throughout his life - from the highly galant language of the Kurfürsten Sonatas through to the abstracted Op.111 Sonata

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