2017-18 Artists Artists

Diali Cissokho, kora, percussion, vocals

A renowned korist and percussionist from Senegal, Diali Cissokho moved to the US after years of performing and teaching in Senegal and in Europe. Born into a rich ancestry of Manding griots (the musician caste), Diali has been playing traditional West African music for as long as he can remember. While his greatest love is the kora,...READ MORE

PAUL WIANCKO – CELLO

Leading a double life, Paul converted his dorm room into a production studio and began arranging and recording strings for local underground punk artists, eventually leading to collaborations with bands like Pennywise, Veruca Salt, and Yellowcard. Paul’s productions, which range from experimental orchestral works to gospel funk tunes, can be...READ MORE

AYANE KOZASA – VIOLA

Hailed for her “magnetic, wide-ranging tone” and her “rock solid technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Ayane Kozasa enjoys a career that spans a broad spectrum of musical personas. A violinist turned violist, she was inspired to dedicate herself to the alto clef when she discovered the beauty of playing the viola...READ MORE

JENNIFER CURTIS – VIOLIN

Violinist Jennifer Curtis, a Chapel Hill, NC native, navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs,” and she was celebrated as “an artist of...READ MORE

BIRD’S EYE TRIO

Bird’s Eye Trio (April 8, 3 pm, ArtsCenter, Carrboro tickets) brings together three of the brightest young string talents in the field: violinist Jennifer Curtis, violist Ayane Kozasa, and cellist Paul Wiancko. Jennifer Curtis teaches violin and improvisation at Duke, and is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)...READ MORE

James Grymes – author: Violins of Hope

11/9/2017 Violins of Hope Concert Dr. Grymes is the author of Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour (HarperCollins, 2014). A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by...READ MORE

Janet Sung – violin

Violinist Janet Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, recognized for her intense, exhilarating performances, and by her signature lustrous, burnished tone. Hailed by The Washington Post for her “riveting” playing and “exquisite tone”, her playing possesses the rare blend of fierce intelligence, subtlety and brilliant virtuosity....READ MORE

Shana Tucker – singer/songwriter/cellist

10/15/2017 1 pm FAMILY CONCERT – What’s in a Song? With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter SHANA TUCKER delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul™. Shana’s melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry. Touted...READ MORE

Andrea Edith Moore, soprano

Soprano Andrea Edith Moore (Sauerkraut, May 30, 2017) brings a “certain opalescence that is particularly served by her impressive phrasing and inherent musicality” to myriad leading roles including Pamina, Zerlina, The Countess, Anne Trulove and Manon among others. Ms. Moore is a regular singer with the North Carolina Opera where...READ MORE

Rachel Niketopoulos, horn

The seventh of eight children growing up in a house full of art, music, and bicycles in Davenport Iowa, Rachel Niketopoulos began playing the horn at age 11. She studied horn performance at the Universities of Iowa and Missouri (Kansas City). As a student, she attended the Music Academy of...READ MORE