About Allemande Ensembles, LLC
Founded by husband and wife Elizabeth and Justin Lee, Allemande Ensembles will provide just the right ambiance to your wedding or special event.
Whether you are looking for a string quartet for your ceremony, or a jazz trio for your cocktail hour, Allemande Ensembles has you covered. Our musicians are all active performers in NYC and New Jersey, and bring their years of performance experience and professionalism to every event they play.
All of our musicians (including our strings!) are well versed in a variety of musical styles, so if you are looking for pop or rock music, we've got you covered.
Elizabeth Lee, cello
Elizabeth Lee is an active freelance cellist in the greater New York City area, with years of experience playing weddings. She is currently principal cellist of New York City-based One World Symphony, and performs regularly as part of the Chelsea Symphony Orchestra (NYC), the Staten Island Philharmonic, Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea and the New Jersey Conservatory. Elizabeth is co-owner of Allemande Ensembles, LLC.
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Music degree from New York University, where she studied with Marion Feldman. She has also studied with Fran Rowell and Andre Emelianoff.
Justin Lee, bass
Justin Lee is a versatile upright and electric bassist, who performs regularly in a wide variety of styles. He is currently principal bassist of One World Symphony in New York City, member of the Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, also based out of New York City, The New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, founding member of the Power House Big Band and Bob Page Jazz Trio, as well as co-owner of Allemande Ensembles, LLC.
Recently, Justin recorded and performed for the KENZO/H+M 2016 Fall Fashion Show, IZOD commercial, and "Mozart In the Jungle" on Amazon Prime.
Samples of Justin’s work are located in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, in collaboration with Joe Coco and Rodger Parr, in the album “Hindsight”. He performed as a member of the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra for a music video with rap star Jay Z for Super Bowl XLIV. He was also a featured musician with Maureen McGovern’s Broadway showcase. He is proud to have worked with the original Broadway cast of Putnam County Spelling Bee, jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, and Constantine Maroulis in the Premier Theater Company’s production of Jesus Christ Super Star.
As an educator, Justin Lee is the current Toms River Intermediate South orchestra director. He is the acting double bass chair on the faculty of the NJ ASTA Chamber Music Institute, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, and has participated in the Montclair State University Preparatory Center for the Arts. Many of Justin Lee’s students participate in the SJBODA Elementary Honors Orchestra, SJBODA Region Orchestra, and New Jersey All State Orchestra. Justin Lee recently received his Masters of Music in Bass Performance from Rutgers University. He credits his success to his teachers that have developed and influenced him, particularly Linda McKnight, Kevin Brown, Tim Cobb, Lou Kosma, and Rufus Reid.
Meet some of our musicians:
Garry Ianco, violin
From studio recordings and Broadway musicals to orchestral and concerto appearances, Garry Ianco leads a varied international career.
As a soloist, Garry Ianco has appeared with many New York area ensembles including the Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra, The Metro Chamber Orchestra, The Montclair Chamber Ensemble, The Orchestra of the Bronx, The New Jersey Philharmonic, and The Chelsea Symphony amongst others.
An experienced concertmaster, Mr. Ianco has performed in that capacity with Chelsea Opera, The Orchestra of St. Peter by-the- Sea, The Kingdom Hearts Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic, and for the Irish Tenors. Recently, Mr. Ianco performed as the concertmaster for Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of The Phantom of the Opera in over 50 cities for over 1000 performances.
Mr. Ianco has performed in the Broadway productions of Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and Cats. And, in the Off Broadway productions of Far From Heaven and Giant.
As an active chamber musician and recitalist, Mr. Ianco has performed in over 40 cities including Miami, FL, Milwaukee, WI, Cleveland, OH, and Fontainebleau, France.
Garry Ianco has also performed as the assistant concertmaster of The Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra, and as a section violinist with The Orchestra of Northern New York, Münchner Symphoniker, and The Strathmere Festival Orchestra.
Robert Radliff, violin
Originally from New York City, Robert was raised in South Florida, where he began his musical studies on both violin and piano. Robert was a prizewinner in many Florida music competitions, and after high school went onto study violin performance at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. After receiving his Bachelor’s, he attained his Master of Arts in Performance at Montclair State University where he was the Graduate Assistant to the orchestra. Robert has been featured as guest soloist with numerous orchestra and Florida and along the East Coast, and has collaborated with some of the world’s most iconic musical figures such as Yo Yo Ma, Itzahk Perlman, Jamie Laredo, and many others. He performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, and has recently founded a chamber music series at the New Jersey Institute of Technology known as “Music in the Library”. Robert is also the acting concertmaster of the South Orange Symphony, a position he has held since August of 2015.
Shanna Lin, viola
Originally from Fairfax, VA, Shanna Lin moved to New Jersey to attend the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. There she received her Bachelors degree in viola performance and music education and has completed a Performance Certificate in viola performance at Montclair State University.
While at Rutgers University, Shanna studied with Choong-Jin Chang, principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Shanna has performed with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and served as co-principal of the Rutgers Sinfonia as well as the Montclair State University Orchestra. Shanna’s also had a focus in chamber music, playing in several string quartets under the guidance of Kathryn Lockwood of the Lark Quartet, Jonathan Spitz of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the world-renowned Shanghai Quartet. In 2011 Shanna was the winner of the Undergraduate Concerto Competition at Rutgers and in the spring of 2012 she made her debut as the guest solo artist with the Rutgers Sinfonia.
Shanna is currently the Associate Program Director, Curriculum Coordinator and Violin/Viola Teaching Artist of the Paterson Music Project (PMP), an El Sistema-inspired program in Paterson, NJ. She also serves as the Site Director of PMP at the Community Charter School of Paterson. In addition to her work at PMP, Shanna is an avid freelance violist in New Jersey. She strongly believes in the transformative power of music and is delighted to be able to share her passion through her teaching and playing.
Paul Heaney, guitar
After cutting his teeth in the early 90’s on the Jersey Shore bar band circuit, Paul Heaney has emerged as a in demand band leader, sideman, educator, composer, and session player with only a few scars. Paul was the touring guitarist on the 2013-2014 production of the hit ABBA musical “Mamma Mia” and since has held chairs on "The New York Times Critic Picks'” shows “Bedbugs its a Musical !!!”, “Clinton the Musical” and the downtown cult smash “The View Upstairs.” He is currently recording 3 separate projects; a singer/songwriter release, a “Jazz” record and a Surf Music Digital download all for his independent label “Jazz Punk Records”. He is the Music Director at Monmouth Music in Red Bank NJ where he has taught for 15 years. In his free time, he likes to read, listen to music and work on his opera. But he still can be found playing guitar regularly in a bar somewhere on The Jersey Shore…check him out at Paulheaneymusic.com
Eddy Bishai, piano
Biography coming soon!
Jonathan Ward, drums
Jonathan Ward has been a professional percussionist for over 20 years. He has played for Off-Broadway shows and various theaters around the NYC area. He is featured on recordings by William Arnold, Julie Parks, Julie Aaron, and Chris Preston. He is currently the Instrumental Music Director for the Glenfield Middle School Magnet for the Visual and Performing Arts in Montclair, NJ.
Vietnamese-American vocalist/pianist based in Philadelphia, PA. Huynh is knowledgeable in both jazz and classical and frequently draws inspiration from both genres. She approaches music with a willingness to explore and be playful.
Huynh is currently pursuing her B.A. in Jazz Studies; Vocal Performance at the Boyer College of Music Dance — Temple University (honors). Her mentors include Joanna Pascale, Sachal Vasandani, and Sara Serpa.
During her time at Temple University, Huynh continued her classical piano training under the tutelage of Maria del pico Taylor. Now, she is continuing her studies with Sheila Page.
In 2017, Huynh received a scholarship from the Diamond Research Scholars Program to pursue her research on vocalist, Jeanne Lee.
Huynh is actively performing with her trio, the Tammy Huynh Trio.