Nina Bishop, Violin, Director                     

Nina graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, the premier performing arts boarding school in the US and subsequently attended the University of North Texas. Music festivals include Interlochen Arts Camp, Wethersfield Music Festival, Academie d'Ete de Nice, International School of Musical Arts, Manchester Music Festival and Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Nina has studied with Michele Auclair, Roland and Almita Vemos, Atis Bankas, Danwen Jiang, Ben Holland at the Royal Northern School of Music in England, Cynthia Roberts (Baroque violin), Daniel Stepner and Julia Bushkova at the University of North Texas. Her graduate studies were with Dana Mazurkevich and members of the Muir Quartet at Boston University. Notable concerts include performances with Sir David Wilcox, Graeme Jenkins, the Eroica Trio, Il Divo, Sarah McLachlan, Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West's Touch the Sky tour, Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Europa Unita, the Boston Early Music Festival and a nationally televised broadcast with Sheryl Crow. Nina performs regionally with the New Bedford Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Plymouth Philharmonic, The Samuel Felsted Project, Marsh Chapel Collegium and the new Baroque orchestra of Boston, L'Academie. Nina maintains a large private studio and teaches in the Somerville Public Schools. Nina founded Atlantic Strings in 2010.


Andi Dhimitri, Piano

Andi holds a DMA in piano performance from the University of Kansas, an MM from Boston Conservatory and a BM from Ithaca College, NY. He has studied with Richard Reber, Robert Koenig, Jung-Ja Kim, Phiroze Mehta, Michael Moore, Vivian Slater and has participated in masterclasses with Angela Hewitt, Victor Rosenbaum, Michael Lewin, Philip Kawn and Zita Zohar. Mr. Dhimitri was awarded first prize in the James and Carlene Neihart Scholarship Competition from the Kansas City Music Club; first prize in the H.Wilfred Churchhill Piano Scholarship Competition at the Boston Conservatory; first prize in the Barbara Michaela Piano Competition in Syracuse, NY; second prize in the Competition of Young Pianists at the Conservatory of Music in Lecce, Italy. He has given multiple solo and chamber performances in Boston, New York, Kansas, Missouri, Italy and Albania. Mr. Dhimitri lives in Chestnut Hill, MA and is an active teacher and performer.

Brian Buch, Piano

Pianist and composer Brian Buch received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in Piano Performance from Indiana University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from Boston University. His primary teachers have been Alla Cohen, Sam Headrick, Richard Cornell, and Sven-David Sandstrom.
Buch is on faculty at MIT and the New England Conservatory of Music and gives private
instruction in composition, classical and jazz piano, and theory and ear-training. As a composer, Brian writes for all genres of classical and jazz music. Brian is an in-demand pianist performing classical and jazz throughout the US. Many of Brian’s compositions have received national and international recognition (including the MTNA, Robert Helps, Lepo Sumera in Tallinn, Estonia, Moscow Conservatory, and Queen Elisabeth Composition Competitions.) His music has been
performed in the US, Canada, Europe, Russia, Estonia, Bosnia, and Serbia. Broadcasts include
NPR, Russian Television Network, WGBH, WHRB Harvard, and Italy’s Radio Taukay online radio for contemporary music. Buch has released two recordings of original music, Stone of Traveling Winds, a program of chamber works and Poems to Sing at Night, a program of solo works.

Heather Braun, Violin

Violinist Heather Braun is currently studying with Peter Zazofsky for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University. An avid performer in New England, she performs regularly with Cantata Singers, Back Bay Chorale and the Firebird Ensemble. Heather has additionally appeared as concertmaster and soloist with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music. Heather regularly performs in the Manchester (VT) Music Festival's chamber music series and has attended the Centrum Chamber Music Festival. As a Tanglewood Music Center fellow she received the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize and sat concertmaster under Seiji Ozawa and Herbert Bloomstedt. She earnedher bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, receiving the John Celentano Chamber Music Award, and her master's degree from Boston University where she was awarded the String Prize. Heather has appeared in concert with the Ying Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Peter Zazofsky, and Bayla Keyes. She has taught violin at Philips Exeter Academy in NH and is a regular chamber music coach for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Micah Brightwell, Violin

A native of Hamilton, New Zealand and Vancouver, British Columbia, Micah began playing violin at age 5. Her earliest studies were with Marka Wilcox-Akins. Micah completed her high school education at Interlochen Arts Academy under the tutelage of Paul Sonner. Her bachelor’s studies were at Cleveland Institute of Music with David Updegraff. Micah’s Master’s Degree was completed at Rice University in Houston, TX with Kenneth Goldsmith. Micah has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Ohio. In New England, Micah has performed with the Vermont Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Discovery Ensemble, Atlantic Symphony, Callithumpian Consort, Peabody Essex Encounters Ensemble and Boston Philharmonic. Micah has been a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center and has attended Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. She is currently pursuing a Music Business degree at Boston University.

Zoya Tsvetkova, Violin

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Zoya began violin studies at age four with her father and entered music school at age six. In 2001, Zoya moved to the United States and continued her studies with Jan Sloman, associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony. While in Texas Zoya won the Ft. Worth Youth Orchestra competition, was a finalist in the Juanita Miller State Youth Competition and a national finalist in the MTNA.  Ms. Tsvetkova was also awarded grand prizes in the Dallas Symphonic Festival, the Hubbard Chamber Music Competition and received the Bayard H. Friedman Outstanding Student Award of Performing Arts. Zoya completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University's College of Fine Arts where she studied with Yuri Mazurkevich. In 2006 and 2008 she won the undergraduate prize of BU's Bach Competition. Master's studies were completed at Boston University with Bayla Keyes. In 2009, Zoya won the BU concerto competition and made her debut with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.

Anna Griffis, Violin & Viola

Originally from Annapolis, MD and now based in Boston, violist and violinist Anna Griffis performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. She plays modern viola with New Bedford Symphony (principal), Albany Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Emmanuel Music, and Baroque viola & violin with Grand Harmonie (principal), Boston Baroque, New Trinity Baroque, Les Bostonades, L'Académie, and Arcadia Players. She has premiered works by Elliot Carter, Marco Stroppa, and Robert Carl. Anna performs with and is Executive Director of the Ludovico Ensemble, a group focused on music of the European avant-garde. An avid chamber musician, Anna co-founded Trio Speranza (winner of the Early Music America Baroque Competition Presentation Prize) and was violinist/violist in the Anatolian Trio, with whom she toured Turkey. As a Tanglewood Music Center fellow she played under the baton of Charles Dutoit, John Williams, Stéphane Denève and has collaborated with Andrew Parrott and Alan Gilbert. Anna has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Tufts Symphony Orchestra, New England Repertory Orchestra, the Hartt Contemporary Ensemble, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Anna studied violin performance at Lawrence University and The Hartt School of Music and received her Masters and Diploma in viola performance from Boston University as a student of Michelle LaCourse.

Jacqueline Selby, Cello

Jacqueline Selby, from Duluth, Georgia, leads an active life performing and teaching in the Boston area. She began her musical studies with piano lessons at age three, and has performed on NPR’s “From the Top,” and was a winner of the MTNA Southern Regional Competition. She chose to pursue cello at 16, and since then has appeared as a soloist with the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia, performed in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Series, has served as principal cellist with the Marsh Chapel Collegium and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and performed regularly with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Columbus, GA), New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has earned fellowships at Round Top Music Festival and Kent/Blossom Music Festival and worked with Judith Gordon, Bernard Greenhouse, Anner Bylsma, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Ida Levin, Kaija Saariaho, Alban Gerhardt, and members of the Miami, Kronos, Muir, Vermeer, Takacs, and Borromeo String Quartets in both masterclass and performances. Currently, she is on faculty at Foxboro and Franklin High Schools and is also a certified Kripalu yoga teacher teaching at Boston University. She holds degrees in music performance from Boston University and New England Conservatory.

Patrick Owen, Cello

A native of Michigan, cellist Patrick Owen has performed in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Europe, the United States and Japan. Recent engagements include a performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, a recital on WCRB’s summer concert series in Boston’s Hatchshell as well as his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Local engagements include performances at Jordan Hall with Boston Chamber Music Society, Duxbury Music Festival, Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  Mr. Owen received his Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. While a student at Eastman, he spent one year of study in Paris at the Paris Conservatory. He received his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School and his Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University. Mr. Owen has been an honored participant at the summer music festivals of Aspen, Sarasota, Taos and Brevard. Currently Mr. Owen is on the Faculty of the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA. His teachers include Pamela Frame, Alan Harris, Phillipe Muller, Harvey Shapiro and Andres Diaz.

 

Ariana Falk, Cello

Ariana, a native of Portland, Oregon, received a D.M.A from Boston University and Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from Yale University's School of Music, where she was a recipient of the Aldo Parisot Prize. She received her B.A. in English from Yale College and traveled to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, where she performed with the Heidelberger Symphoniker. She has performed at the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Great Lakes, Banff Centre, and Norfolk Music Festivals, and collaborated with Menahem Pressler and Paul Katz. She is passionate about new music and has premiered works for New Music New Haven and as a member of the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, among others. Ariana serves on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Her principal teachers were Aldo Parisot, Michael Reynolds and Ole Akahoshi. She has also performed both contemporary and traditional works at summer festivals including the Carl Flesch Academy, Norfolk Music Festival, Garth Newel Music Center, Nice (France) Academy of Music, and Banff Centre of the Arts. Ariana has performed in masterclasses for Ralph Kirschbaum, Paul Katz and the Juilliard, Guarneri, Muir and Tokyo String Quartets. Ms. Falk has appeared as soloist twice with the Columbia Symphony, including the West Coast premiere of the E.J. Moeran Cello Concerto, and and recently appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Olympia Symphony, Miani University Symphony, Yale Bach Society and Banff Festival Orchestra.

Cherry Kim, Cello

Recognized for her heartfelt musicianship and artistry, Cherry Kim gave her concerto debut performing the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Plano Symphony Orchestra and other solo appearances with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and Fall River Symphony. She has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, China, and Ukraine. Some performance highlights include collaboration with renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin and with the Artists of the Royal Conservatory Ensemble which was broadcasted nationwide in Canada.

Cherry has participated in prestigious festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Festival, Park City International Music Festival, and Orford Festival. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory (BM), Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music (PD), Rice University (MM), Longy School of Music of Bard College (GD), and Boston University (DMA). And her principal teachers were world-renowned cellists and pedagogues Laurence Lesser, Bryan Epperson, Norman Fischer, Terry King, and Michael Reynolds. pecializing in both modern classical and baroque playing, she currently performs with the Gioia Duo, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and various other groups. As a visual artist her works have won several prizes, and one was exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art.  

Emily Stewart, Violin

Hailed for her rich, enveloping sound and vibrant stylistic execution, violinist Emily Stewart has distinguished herself as a stand-out artist in the evolving world of violin performance. Classically trained since childhood, Emily holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance from Boston University and continues to transcend her classical background, crossing the threshold into the world of pop, contemporary, world music, folk, and jazz. She has performed in festivals and concerts across the globe, and has been honored as a Fulbright scholar at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland under the tutelage of renowned violinist Jean-Pierre Wallez. In 2017 she completed her jazz studies with famed violinist Didier Lockwood in Paris, France. Emily's live performance credits include Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Magma, and she has collaborated on projects with KAIROS Dance Theater, puppeteer Doug Cowell, and photographer Julien Dumas. Emily was featured in a series of music videos by folk/rock group Delta Rae and next year she will appear in the French film "La Garde Alternée". In 2015 she was selected as a participant in the first Global Musicians Workshop with the Silkroad Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma. 

Sharon Bielik, Viola

Sharon Bielik, a native of New York, did her undergraduate work at Brandeis University, where she graduated magna cum laude studying viola with Mary Ruth Ray of the Lydian String Quartet. Sharon completed her Masters degree at Boston University. Principal studies were with Ed Gazoleas of the Boston Symphony. Sharon performs in numerous regional orchestras throughout New England. Additionally, she has subbed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Sharon has spent three summers as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, where she was principal viola under the direction of James Levine and Sir Andrew Davis.  She has played in masterclasses for Roberto Diaz, Robert Vernon and Steven Ansell. She has worked with artists such as Donald Weilerstein and Raphael Hillyer in her study of chamber music.