Taking its name from the Italian concitare ("to incite or provoke"), Concitato electrifies listeners with insightful interpretations of rarely performed repertoire, while redefining the way audiences hear the more well-known works of the Baroque canon. Concitato tastefully combines the latest discoveries in musicological research with cutting-edge training. Founded in 2008 by violinist Joan Plana, this trio of dynamic young players—violinist Joan Plana, cellist Ezra Seltzer, and harpsichordist—performs a vast repertoire of diverse instrumental music from the baroque era. Concitato’s flexibility allows for the inclusion of additional musical collaborators for larger ensemble or vocal works. After a stunning Chicago début in November 2008, Concitato has performed concerts in Montreal, Cleveland, and New York. In 2009, Concitato was named a finalist of the York International Early Music Competition.
Joan Plana alternates his career between modern and baroque violin. He is the recipient of several prizes and awards having played concerts around Europe and North America. Founding member of CONCITATO and finalist of the 2009 York International Early Music Competition, he is a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He is the leader and soloist of the American Baroque Orchestra and L'Academie Baroque Orchestra in Boston, as well as playing with other early music groups such as Baroque Band (Chicago), Apollo's Fire (Cleveland) and American Classical Orchestra (New York). Born in Lleida (Spain), he holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (Barcelona). His principal teachers include Paul Kantor, Kai Gleusteen and the Ysaye Quartet. Joan resides in New York, where he obtained a Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School's Historical Performance Program, studying with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. He is pursuing a Doctorate in baroque violin at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Lauded for his "beauty of tone and keenness of musicianship" (Opera Britannia), cellist Ezra Seltzer graduated from the inaugural class of Juilliard's historical performance program. This season he has performed with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, at the 4x4 Baroque Music Festival, and in Helicon Foundation concerts. As principal cellist of Musica Angelica, he toured the west coast with Emma Kirkby and Daniel Taylor. He also recently completed a tour of Mexico as principal cellist of the Orchester Wiener Akademie. Ezra is co-founder and principal cellist of the Sebastian Chamber Players, who were finalists of the 2011 York International Early Music Competition and the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition. He attended Yale University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in history and Master of Music in cello, studying with Aldo Parisot and Ole Akahoshi. He was also a post-graduate fellow in the Yale Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Robert Mealy.