Our Artists

ANDREW SIGLER – composer

Andrew Sigler’s (We the People, Nov 8, 2018, Winner of the Forecast Music Call For Scores 2017 –  Mallarme prize) music has been commissioned, performed, and awarded by the Wellesley Composers Conference, Composer’s Inc. Suzanne and Lee Ettelson award, Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition, Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers,...READ MORE

CARL SCHIMMEL – composer

Praised by The New York Times as “vivid and dramatic,” the music of Carl Schimmel (premiere work – We the People, Nov 8, 2018) is dense with literary and musical references, often humorous, and combines intensity of expression with a structural rigor which is influenced in part by his mathematics...READ MORE

BLUE MOUNTAIN/FORECAST

Blue Mountain/Forecast concerts feature adventurous, flexible ensemble programming. As members of orchestras and university faculties across the state of North Carolina, BMF collectively presents new and innovative music in relaxed, alternative performance spaces while mixing aesthetic styles and trends. BMF holds an annual international Call-for-Scores and features winning compositions on curated concerts. More...READ MORE

LAURA BYRNE – HARP

Laura Smithburg Byrne received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with the renowned harpist Alice Chalifoux. She began her teaching career at CIM in the preparatory division while in graduate school and began teaching at the college level upon receiving...READ MORE

JANET SUNG – VIOLIN

(Bohemian Rhapsodies – September 22, 2018) 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...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

WILLIAM WOLFRAM – PIANO

(Bohemian Rhapsodies – September 22) American pianist William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Wolfram has appeared with many of the greatest orchestras of the world and has...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephanie Vial, baroque cello

Stephanie Vial, cellist, is the Assistant Director of the Vivaldi Project. A sought-after chamber musician and soloist, Vial has performed with many of North America’s period instrument ensembles including such groups as Quebec’s Les Violons du Roy, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and the Apollo Ensemble. She has recorded for the...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

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

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

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