The Butters

Anne Jane Lester

violinist

Anna Jane Lester began her violin studies at age four in Jacksonville, Florida. After earning her bachelor’s in violin performance at Vanderbilt University 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 the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Walter Reiter and Kati Debretzeni. 

As a baroque violin- and violist, Anna Jane performs with the Internationale Händel Festspiele Göttingen Orchestra, Holland Baroque, and PRJCT Amsterdam with Maarten Engletjes. Also an avid chamber musician, her chamber performances have brought her to stages from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam to the Smithsonian Institute to the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht. During her studies, she played under the direction of renowned musicians William Christie, Richard Egarr, Jordi Savall, Nicolas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Rachel Podger, Ton Koopman, and Kristian Bezuidenhout. As a soloist, she also performed as a semi-finalist in the International Competition Musica Antiqua 2017.

Chloe Prendergast

violinist

Chloe Prendergast is a violinist originally from Denver, Colorado. As a historical performance specialist and devoted chamber musician, she is the artistic director of the Beethoven Festival of the Hague, a member of Holland Baroque and the Butter Quartet, and has performed both in the Netherlands and the United States with groups including the Handel and Haydn Society, Seattle’s Pacific Musicworks, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Luthers Bach Ensemble, Collegium Ad Mosam, the Arcadia Players, and Dutch Baroque

. She has also appeared at music festivals internationally, including the Connecticut Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Fringe Festival, and Aigues-Vives en Musique. Chloe currently studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with Kati Debretzeni and Walter Reiter. She holds a degree from Willamette University, where she was a Phil Hanni scholar and studied principally with Anthea Kreston and Daniel Rouslin.

Isabel Franenberg

violist

Isabel Franenberg studied musicology and art history at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam, and initially pursued a career in music management. She worked for orchestra’s such as the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Holland Baroque and the Nederlands Studenten Orkest, but after completing her Master’s degree in Musicology at the Utrecht University with a minor in Baroque viola at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, she decided to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Historical viola at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Shunske Sato and Sayuri Yamagata, after which she studied with Kati Debrezeni at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague for two years. 

Alongside her first year conservatory studies she was also chosen to play the 2016/2017 season of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) with which she toured Europe extensively under Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Maggie Faultless and Alfredo Bernardini. Having played in Frans Bruggen’s very last concert in the Side-by-side Project in 2014 made a strong impression on how she wishes to perform music. 

She has participated, and helped organize some, master classes with Clive Brown, Sigiswald Kuijken, Jane Rogers, Robert Levin and Laurens Dreyfus. Alongside teaching viola at the Leerorkest, Isabel regularly plays with the Laurens Cantorij en Orkest, Das Neue Manheimer Orchester and since finishing her studies has been invited to play with groups such as Holland Baroque and Musica Ribatutta. In the future she hopes to combine her background in academic research, music management and playing the viola in a historically informed manner.

Evan Buttar

cellist

Evan Buttar started playing music at a young age in Vancouver, Canada. After completing a bachelor’s degree on modern cello at the University of Ottawa, 2014, he moved to the Netherlands to pursue a baroque cello master’s degree with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. He graduated 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.

He enjoys playing and exploring a wide variety of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary with many ensembles, orchestras, and as a soloist.

Evan performs with groups such as the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and the Dutch Baroque Orchestra, and is a recipient of BC Arts Council and Adriana Jacoba Fonds scholarships. He has performed in many festivals, such as Musica Antica da Camera, Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, MAfestival Brugge and Oude Muziek Utrecht fringe, and Bach Festival Dordrecht. 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).