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 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 is an award-winning cellist and musicologist specializing in the performance and study of eighteenth-century music. He holds degrees in music performance from the Juilliard School (USA) and The University of Western Australia, as well as a music studies degree (Honours Class I) from The University of Sydney (AUS). Gaining momentum from orchestral experiences and studying with various international artists across three continents, Alexander regularly appears in concerts and recordings with ensembles and orchestras worldwide.
Currently, Alexander is undertaking his doctoral studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (AT) under the supervision of Dr. Clive Brown, where he focuses on the cello performing practices of King Friedrich Wilhelm II (1744–1797). He is passionate about the recovery of neglected eighteenth-century music through various mediums and the application of historically informed approaches to musicology.
"Defining the Galant: Music Style, Terminology" Conference, 2023
Galant Schema Studies will hold its second annual conference devoted to galant schema theory, held over Zoom from Friday, September 29-Sunday, October 1, 2023 (Eastern Time). The conference will include papers, lecture-recitals, and discussions. We invite submissions that take advantage of the digital format of the conference and encourage proposals that explore the meaning of “galant” as applied to schemata, musical style and culture, and the development of harmonic/melodic archetypes before, during, and after the long eighteenth century.
Galant Schemata in Theory & Practice Conference, 2022