Noted for playing “virtuosically but with fluid grace” by the New York Times, violinist Jeremy Rhizor is the founder and director of the Academy of Sacred Drama- an organization that explores contemporary issues and culture through the philosophical and storytelling lens of Baroque oratorio. He has recently led Baroque oratorios by Stradella, Pasquini, and Scarlatti through the Academy and for the Festival of Sacred Arts in Sweden. In recent solo performances in New York City and Sweden, he has showcased seventeenth-century Italian composers such as Corelli, Stradella, and Caldara. Past seasons included a performance for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Music Before 1800 and a recital tour in Nova Scotia. Mr. Rhizor performs with many period-instrument ensembles such as Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the American Classical Orchestra. Mr. Rhizor’s interests include seventeenth-century Roman oratorio and the relationship between the social and personal aspects of marriage and friendship.