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Violinist Nathan Giglierano has performed across Europe, Central and North America. Nathan graduated with his Bachelor’s in Music from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Marilyn McDonald, and earned his Master’s degree from UW-Madison under the tutelage of David Perry.

Nathan is very active in the Madison Baroque Music scene and is also a member of the Madison Bach Musicians and Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble. When not playing concerts or teaching, Nathan enjoys photography, woodworking, and hiking with his wife.

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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.

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Marika Fischer Hoyt maintains a demanding concert schedule on modern and baroque viola and viola d’amore.

Marika has performed with period-instrument ensembles including the Madison Bach Musicians, Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, IN, Florentine Opera, Great Lakes Baroque, Sonata à Quattro, and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.  She serves on the advisory board of the Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF) and the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA), and directs the annual festival Bach Around The Clock, and the monthly concert series Bach at One.

Marika hosted the Saturday Afternoon Classics radio show on Wisconsin Public Radio from 2012 – 2016, also delivering pre-concert lectures for ensembles such as the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra.

Marika holds degrees from Smith College and Indiana University. Her training includes one year at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, Germany, and two years at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.

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Charlie Rasmussen enjoys an active career as both a Baroque and modern cellist. He is currently a cello faculty member at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee.

As a Baroque cellist, Mr. Rasmussen is an active performer with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and Sonata à Quattro. Mr. Rasmussen has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series with the New York Continuo Collective. He has also performed as principal cellist with Madison Bach Musicians and has performed in multiple early music recitals at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music.

Mr. Rasmussen has presented lecture recitals about historical performance practice at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, for the Colorado Symphony Study Group in Denver, and at locations around Milwaukee.  His first solo CD, 11 Capricci by Joseph Dall’Abaco, was released by Centaur Records.

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Harpsichordist Daniel Sullivan earned his Master of Music degree from Yale, studying with Albert Fuller, going on to study privately with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam.  Living in Chicago in the 1980s, Dan performed with such groups as the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Jubal’s Lyre, and Basically Bach.  Long involved in church music, Daniel served at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, IL, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elgin, IL, and at Christ Covenant Presbyterian in Crystal Lake, IL.

Now residing near Madison, WI, Daniel has performed on the Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen series, at the Bach Around The Clock festival with members of the Madison Symphony, and in a duo organ recital at Luther Memorial Church.

Daniel owns and plays on instruments of Willard Martin and A.H. Schlick. He also dabbles in the folk and orchestral harp, and sits on the board of directors of Bach Around The Clock.

 

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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.