Our Artists

Barthold Kuijken, baroque flute and conductor

Barthold Kuijken (born 8 March 1949, Dilbeek) is a Belgian flautist and recorder player, known for playing baroque music on historical instruments and particularly known for pioneering this manner of performance with his brothers, cellist and viol player Wieland Kuijken and violinist Sigiswald Kuijken and the harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt. He...READ MORE

Sheila A. Browne, viola

A dynamic and versatile artist with American and Irish citizenship, violist Sheila Browne has concertized in many of the world’s major halls as soloist, chamber musician, and as principal of several orchestras, including the Juilliard, Mainz, Freiburg, German-French, and Madrid’s Queen Sofia chamber orchestras; the Kiev Philharmonic; and the New...READ MORE

Bonnie Thron

Bonnie Thron, cello

(American Mavericks) Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet Quercus and frequently plays with the Mallarme Chamber Players. In the summers she plays in the Sebago Long Lake Music Festival in Maine. Previously she was a...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

Suzanne Rousso, artistic director, viola

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

Nicholas DiEugenio, violin

Praised for his “invigorating, silken” playing and “mysterious atmosphere” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and as an “evocative” violinist (New York Times), Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile life as performer, collaborator, and teacher, in music from Biber to Carter and beyond. DiEugenio and pianist Mimi Solomon perform as a duo in the US and...READ MORE

Nate Leyland

Nathan Leyland, cello

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 Connecticut studied with Laura Kane,...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

David Kirkland Garner, composer

David Kirkland Garner writes music for a variety of ensembles and occasions including chamber, orchestral, electro-acoustic, and vocal works. Most often, D.K. Garner draws on the music of the American South as inspiration, focusing on performance, specifically style, technique, tuning, and timbre, rather than the tunes themselves. He is interested...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

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

Elaine Funaro, harpsichord

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 is currently both the President of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA)...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

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

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