The Butters

Anna Jane Lester

Anna Jane Lester

violinist

Anna Jane Lester is a violinist & illustrator. She performs with internationally-acclaimed period instrument ensembles such as Holland Baroque, the Internationale Händel Festspiele Göttingen Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and PRJCT Amsterdam. She has also played concerts with groups including L’Arpeggiata, Vox Luminis, Luthers Bach Ensemble, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Musica Gloria, and Le Concert d’Apollon. Her chamber performances have brought her to stages from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam to the Smithsonian Institute to the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht.

Anna Jane began her violin studies at age four in Jacksonville, Florida. After earning her bachelor’s degree in violin performance at Vanderbilt University studying with Cornelia Heard, she attended The Juilliard School for a Master of Music in Historical Performance, studying with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. She has since moved to the Netherlands, completing her studies with Walter Reiter and Kati Debretzeni. She plays an 18th-century Odoardi violin on generous loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds. In her free time, Anna Jane enjoys exploring American old time music and spending time in wild places.

Chloe Prendergast

Chloe Prendergast

violinist

Chloe Prendergast is a violinist currently based in the Netherlands. She is a member of Holland Baroque, as well as a founding member of the Butter Quartet, a period-instrument string quartet dedicated to the world of 18th- and early 19th-century performance practice. She is co-creator of the podcast Outside the MusicBox as well as its associated concert series, both of which break down barriers surrounding conventional classical music concerts in order to reach new classical music-lovers.

Chloe has performed across North America and Europe with groups including the Handel and Haydn Society, Seattle’s Pacific Musicworks, Vox Luminis, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Luthers Bach Ensemble, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Collegium Ad Mosam, Le Concert d’Apollon, and the Arcadia Players. She has also appeared at music festivals internationally, including the Connecticut Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Beethoven Academy at the National Forum for Music in Poland, Wonderfeel, and Aigues-Vives en Musique.

Chloe completed her master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with Kati Debretzeni and Walter Reiter and her bachelor’s degree at Willamette University, where she was a Phil Hanni scholar and studied principally with Anthea Kreston and Daniel Rouslin. 

Isabel Franenberg

Isabel Franenberg

violist

Isabel Franenberg is a freelance violist and viola teacher from the Netherlands. Isabel is one of the founding members of the Butter Quartet as well as a trio with violone players Margaret Urquhart and Robert Franenberg with whom she recorded a cd in 2019. She regularly plays with the Laurens Cantorij en Orkest and has been invited to play with ensembles such as the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Holland Baroque, Musica Ribatutta and Das Neue Manheimer Orchester. She teaches at the Leerorkest as well as privately.

Isabel studied historical viola at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Shunske Sato and Sayuri Yamagata and at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Kati Debrezeni. Alongside her conservatory studies, she played in the 2016/2017 season of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) where she toured Europe extensively under Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Maggie Faultless and Alfredo Bernardini. Playing in Frans Bruggen’s very last concert in the Side-by-side Project in 2014 made a strong impression on her and on how she wishes to perform music. During her studies she participated in, and helped organize, masterclasses with Clive Brown, Sigiswald Kuijken, Jane Rogers, Robert Levin and Laurens Dreyfus. 

Before studying viola, Isabel completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Musicology at the University of Utrecht with a minor in Art History and initially pursued a career in music management. She worked for orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Holland Baroque and the Nederlands Studenten Orkest.

Isabel loves combining her background in academic research, music management and playing the viola in a historically informed manner. 

Evan Buttar

Evan Buttar

cellist

Evan Buttar enjoys a varied and international performing career on both the baroque cello and viola da gamba. Evan is passionate about a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance to modern, which he plays in all sorts of ensembles, orchestras, and as a soloist. He plays with groups such as the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Luthers Bach Ensemble, and is a co-founder of the Butter Quartet, a historically informed string quartet that is currently part of the eeemerging+ programme. His chamber and orchestral experiences have brought him to stages in numerous festivals, including Musica Antica da Camera, Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, Bach Festival Dordrecht, Chopin and his Europe Festival, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, and the Beethoven Academy in Wrocław.

Evan started playing music at a young age in Vancouver, Canada. After completing a bachelor’s degree on modern cello at the University of Ottawa in 2014, his fascination with historically informed performance practice inspired his move to the Netherlands, where he currently resides. There he obtained a baroque cello master’s degree with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague in 2016, and that same year started a second master’s study there on the viola da gamba with Mieneke van der Velden and Philippe Pierlot, which he completed in 2018.

Evan plays a baroque cello by Jakob Weiss (ca. 1745) generously on loan from the collection of The Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (het Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds).