Dylan Sauerwald is a distinctive historical keyboardist and conductor, known for his inventive continuo playing and passion for underperformed works of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Dylan has been music director of Helios Early Opera's critically acclaimed productions of Charpentier's David et Jonathas, Cavalli's Artemisia, and Telemann's Pimpinone. He has been music director for staged productions by Ensemble Musica Humana, Ensemble la Félicité and others, leading repertoire spanning from Hildegard of Bingen to Mozart. He is a regular continuo player and répétiteur at the Amherst Early Music Festival and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute opera program.
A versatile keyboardist, Dylan is featured on harpsichord, organ and lautenwerck on the world premiere recording of David Funck's Stricturae Viola di Gambicae (New Focus recordings), on fortepiano in the Handel & Haydn Society's latest recording of Haydn's orchestral music (Coro records), and as harpsichord soloist in Unitas Ensemble's upcoming release of Manuel de Falla's Retablo del Maese Pedro (Naxos). His harpsichord playing is featured in the BBC historical drama Poldark. He has appeared as soloist with Emmanuel Music, the Unitas Ensemble, and the Cambridge Concentus, performing the complete concertos for multiple harpsichords of J.S. Bach alongside Peter Sykes, Matthew Hall and Joshua Rifkin. His continuo playing has been compared to “the best jazz rhythm sections” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), and his solo playing hailed as “impeccable,” (Local Arts Live, Philadelphia) and of “the highest level” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).
Dylan directs Polyphemus, a monthly early music series in lower Manhattan, and can be heard performing with with the Handel & Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, TENET and others. He is director of music at the New Dorp Moravian Church in Staten Island, and he holds degrees in historical performance from McGill and Boston University.