Medieval and renaissance music

Shulamit Kleinerman specializes in early off-shoulder technique on medieval vielle and Renaissance and Baroque violin.

As a founding member of the Elizabethan quartet Plaine & Easie, winner of the 2009 Early Music America Competition in Medieval and Renaissance Music, Shula earned acclaim for her “enticing solos” that “reminded one how close early music can be to folk fiddle tunes” (Express Milwaukee). Her 2008 English country dance CD, New New Nothing, was recorded during an artist residency awarded at Jack Straw Productions. The album has been called “earthy and enjoyable” (EMA Magazine) and praised for taking a “middle path between folkish vigor and classical formality” ( She has also performed with ensembles including Utopia Early Music, Cinnamon Bird, Istanpitta, the Salish Sea Early Music Festival, and The Christmas Revels in Houston, Portland OR, and Puget Sound.

Shula traveled to London to study baroque violin with Monica Huggett on a 1999 Alfred Hertz Memorial Travelling Fellowship awarded at UC Berkeley. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Music and English, she also received that year's Departmental Citation in Music, the highest undergraduate honor awarded by the UC Berkeley music faculty.

Uniting her dual careers in historical performance and children's education, Shula is the founding director of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids. She also teaches violin in private lessons.

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Shulamit Kleinerman... flew through blazing scale passages with ease... brilliant and fitting...
--Third Coast Daily, concert review, 2011

Kleinerman’s enticing solos... reminded one how close early music can be to folk fiddle tunes.
--Express Milwaukee, concert review, 2011

Kleinerman's playing takes a middle path between folkish vigor and classical formality. It feels right, and there's an indefinable attractiveness to the whole project that puts the listener in touch with what made these durable tunes., review of New New Nothing, 2008

What made Plaine & Easie stand out was the sparkle and verve of each of the players and their absolute command of the material.
--Countertenor Drew Minter, adjudicator at EMA Medieval and Renaissance competition, 2009

The instrumentalists are impeccably musical, presenting hornpipes, bransles, and other dances with real warmth and style.... This isn't just a pedagogical tool, though it's an excellent one; it's also a pleasure to listen to.
--Karen Cook, review of Merry It Is, 2011

I am so charmed I can hardly speak. [This music] was made for these kids to sing!
--Susan Hellauer, Anonymous 4, 2011

Earthy and enjoyable...
--Early Music America Magazine, review of New New Nothing, 2009