Our Artists

Paul Sharpe, bass

Paul Sharpe is the Artist-Teacher of Double Bass at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and is active internationally as an orchestral and chamber musician and as a soloist. Recent performances and engagements have taken him all over the world, including recitals and masterclasses at Orfeo Music...READ MORE

SARA MOORE – MUSIC SPECIALIST

Sara Moore earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from Appalachian State University and her Master of Music degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Although a piano major, she studied violin from middle school through college and knew that...READ MORE

LOW & LOWER

When not in full professor mode at UNCSA, cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe are Low & Lower, America’s #1-selling cello bass duo. This ensemble’s performances are a mash-up of artistry, virtuosity, and satire. With MacGyver-like determination they create, inspire and commission works using only the limited materials at hand...READ MORE

Brooks Whitehouse, cello

UNCSA faculty cellist Brooks Whitehouse has performed and taught throughout the US and abroad, holding Artists-in-Residence positions at SUNY Stony Brook, the Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, the University of Virginia and The Tanglewood Music Center. As founding members of The Guild Trio Whitehouse and his wife, violinist Janet...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

NICHOLAS DIEUGENIO – violin

(Leipzig Locals, 2/3/19 2 pm) Praised for the “rapturous poetry” in his playing (American Record Guide) and as an “excellent” and “evocative” violinist (New York Times), Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile performing life as a chamber musician, leader, and soloist in music ranging from early baroque to current commissions. In...READ MORE

ELAINE FUNARO – harpsichord

(Leipzig Locals, 2/3/19 2 pm) Harpsichordist Elaine Funaro is “regarded as one of the leading performers of new music for harpsichord” (Classical Music: The Essential Listening Companion).  She is a popular presence at contemporary and early music festivals around the world, and was the first, now past, president of the...READ MORE

SUZANNE ROUSSO – VIOLA, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Suzanne Rousso was trained at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Eastman School and the New England Conservatory, earning Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola performance. Some of her teachers included Eugene Becker, Max Aronoff, Heidi Castleman and Walter Trampler. In her early career she held orchestral positions...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

Chris Caudill, horn

Christopher Caudill began playing the horn at age ten while living in London, England with his family. Piano and violin lessons failed to do the trick, but a London Symphony concert at the Barbican with famous soloist Barry Tuckwell made him fall in love with the horn. At Northwestern University...READ MORE

Nate Leyland

NATHAN LEYLAND – CELLO

(Bohemian Rhapsodies, September 22, 2018) Nathan Leyland, born in Butler, Pennsylvania, later moved to Lynchburg, Virginia and began his cello studies in the public schools at the age of nine. After moving to Ohio he began studies with Richard Bell, associate principal cellist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and in...READ MORE

JACQUELYN BARTLETT – HARP

Jacquelyn Bartlett was born in Detroit, Michigan where she was surrounded with music since her beginning.  Her mother, Mary Bartlett, is a noted harpist, arranger, composer and teacher and Jacquelyn began her musical studies at an early age with her mother. After continued studies with world renowned harpists, Carlos Salzedo...READ MORE

David Wilson, baroque violin

BIBER BOWL Feb 6-7, 2016 David Wilson has performed extensively with period instrument ensembles in the United States and Europe, including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, and as concertmaster with Jubilate Baroque Orchestra, the California Bach Society, Apollo Baroque Orchestra, the Dayton Bach Society,...READ MORE

Allison Edberg Nyquist, violin and viola

Allison Edberg Nyquist’s violin playing has been described by The Chicago Sun Times as “impeccable, with unerring intonation and an austere beauty.” She is concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and a member of Ensemble Voltaire, The Vivaldi Project, and Baroque Band (Chicago). She performs frequently with Chatham Baroque and...READ MORE

Robbie Link, violone

ROBBIE LINK is a performer and teacher on the double bass, cello, electric bass, viola da gamba, and violone. Link performs and records with many period instrument, chamber, jazz, and folk music ensembles and enjoys performing everything from Baroque to Bluegrass. He is instructor of double bass and cello at...READ MORE

Elizabeth Field, baroque violin

Elizabeth Field, violinist, is the Founder and Director of the Vivaldi Project and concertmaster of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has served as concertmaster for leading period instrument ensembles such as the Washington Bach Consort and Opera Lafayette as well as acting as performance-practice coach for modern orchestras such...READ MORE

Matvey Lapin, baroque violin

A sought-after violinist Matvey Lapin enjoys his free-lance career both as an orchestra musician as well as chamber and solo artist. While frequently collaborating with Indianapolis Baroque, Fort Wayne Symphony Orchestras, Mr Lapin’s solo and chamber collaborations include many distinguished artists, among which are Stanly Ritchie, Nigel North, Joshua Bell,...READ MORE

Martha Perry, baroque violin

Martha Perry performs on Baroque violin and viola. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Her playing has been called “ideally realized…taut and loaded with nuance” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ms. Perry performs with many U.S. period instrument ensembles including the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort,...READ MORE

Leah Peroutka, violin

Leah Peroutka holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill (BM 2007) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM 2009). She performs regularly on modern violin with the Carolina Philharmonic, Fayetteville Symphony, and Western Piedmont Symphony, among others, and is also an active chamber musician. Ms. Peroutka currently serves as the Coordinator and Assistant...READ MORE

Jeremy Thompson, piano

Jeremy Thompson was born in Dipper Harbour, a small fishing village in New Brunswick, Canada. Dr. Thompson furthered his studies at McGill University in Montreal, studying with Marina Mdivani who was herself a student of Emil Gilels. Thompson was honored with two of Canada’s most prestigious doctoral fellowships to pursue...READ MORE

Elizabeth Phelps, violin

Elizabeth Phelps is currently the Principal Second Violin of the North Carolina Symphony. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Paul Kantor and Stephen Rose. While in school she joined the Canton Symphony under Gerhardt Zimmermann, acting as principal second...READ MORE