Praised by Opera News for her “sparkling, fluid soprano with admirable flexibility”, Kristin Knutson’s repertoire spans the genres of opera, oratorio, and musical theatre. Her commitment to the field of early music has led to recent engagements with Haymarket Opera Company (Ariane in Ariane et Bachus, and Ismaele in Agar et Ismaele esiliati), Great Lakes Baroque with Jory Vinikour (Coffee Cantata BWV 211), Florentine Opera’s Baroque double bill, in concert with Madison’s Sonata à Quattro, and as a finalist in the Handel Aria Competition. As a graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Knutson has continued studies through Vancouver’s Baroque Vocal Programme, Lute Society of America’s Vocal Program, and in masterclass at the Boston Early Music Festival with Steven Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, and Ellen Hargis. She has also appeared with Fireside Theatre, Skylight, Aspen Opera Theatre, New York Philharmonic, and Off-Broadway with The New Group. For upcoming engagements please visit www.KristinKnutson.com.
Linda Pereksta, Associate Professor of Flute at The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, has played historical flutes and recorders with numerous ensembles, including Washington Bach Consort, Spire Baroque Orchestra, Just Bach, Sonata à Quattro, Madison Bach Musicians, Ensemble Musical Offering, Tallahassee Bach Parley, and Baroque Southeast. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Flutist Quarterly, and has been Chair of the National Flute Association’s Historical Flutes Committee. A two-time prizewinner in the NFA’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition, her doctoral treatise, “20th-Century Compositions for the Baroque Flute,” was a winner of its Graduate Research Competition. Linda recently participated in a Cambridge Woodwind Makers workshop taught by Robert Bigio, where she made her own copy of a Stanesby baroque flute. An equally accomplished performer on modern flutes, Linda holds the position of Piccolo in the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and was previously a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans.
Originally from Madison, WI, Christine Hauptly Annin holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rice University. On modern violin, Christine has held positions with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and Madison Symphony. She is a frequent substitute in the Milwaukee Symphony, and has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, including their international tour to Japan in 2009. As a baroque violinist, Christine has performed in numerous ensembles across the country, including Madison Bach Musicians, Catacoustic Consort, Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, and others. Additionally, Christine is a music educator, teaching elementary general music as well as private violin and viola lessons in the greater Milwaukee area. Christine currently resides in Milwaukee with her husband, daughter, and cat.
Madison-based violinist Nathan Giglierano is an avid performer of early music. In addition to playing with Sonata à Quattro, he often performs with Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, Madison Bach Musicians, and Just Bach. In addition to playing concerts locally in Wisconsin, Nathan has performed solo and chamber music recitals across Europe, Central, and North America. Nathan has degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a student of Allen Ohmes, Marilyn McDonald, and David Perry. In addition to playing the violin, Nathan is also a luthier, specializing in making both modern and baroque violins and violas. His instruments are played by professionals across the USA. To see and hear his instruments visit https://gigviolins.com
Violist Marika Fischer Hoyt maintains a demanding concert schedule, and has performed across the U.S., and in Germany and Hungary. On modern viola she plays with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Ancora String Quartet (which toured Germany in 2018). On baroque viola she plays with the Madison Bach Musicians, Sonata à Quattro, Florentine Opera Company, Great Lakes Baroque, and Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, IN. She is Co-Director of Just Bach, a monthly concert series in Madison, and serves as Artistic Director of the annual community music festival, Bach Around The Clock. Her resume also includes a four-year stint as music host on Wisconsin Public Radio. Marika holds degrees from Smith College and Indiana University, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie, Kim Kashkashian, and Csaba Erdélyi.
Charlie Rasmussen is currently a cello faculty member and string department co-chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. He is an active Baroque cellist and viola da gambist with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, Sonata à Quattro, and the New Milwaukee Consort. Mr. Rasmussen has also appeared with Just Bach, ViolMedium, Madison Bach Musicians, the New York Continuo Collective, and in multiple recitals at Yale University. Mr. Rasmussen holds degrees from Luther College (Decorah, IA) and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He has presented early music masterclasses and workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Colorado Symphony Study Group, and Fairfield County (CT) CelloFest. Mr. Rasmussen has released two albums, 11 Capricci by Joseph Dall’Abaco and Six Duos for Two Cellos by Tommasso Giordaini, on Centaur Records.