U p c o m i n g C o n c e r t s
Sunday September 30, 4:00 PM
violinist, Ellie Dixon
Ellie Dixon, a 17-year-old high school senior hailing from
Charlotte, North Carolina, is an accomplished violinist.
She began playing at the tender age of five and is currently
under the tutelage of Kevin Lawrence at the
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Ellie's
accolades include winning the Arts+ String Orchestra Camp
Solo Competition and being selected as a Debbie Abels
Strings Scholar in 2019. She has also been awarded prizes
in both junior and senior divisions of the Symphony Guild of
Charlotte Young Artists Competition and was a finalist in the
2022 and 2023 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra -
Youth Concerto Competition. Notably, Ellie received
the Philadelphia International Music Festival
Special Achievement Award at the 2023 competition.
Ellie is part of a UNCSA piano trio and competed in the
2022 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has
had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Jan Vogler, Paul Neubauer, Eric Larsen, and Peter Orth. Ellie played alongside violinist Jennifer Frautschi and cellist Clive Greensmith during the Fall 2022 UNCSA Chamber Music Festival in a performance of Schumann's Piano Quintet.
During her summers, Ellie attended the Meadowmount School of Music, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going on walks, spending time with friends, and performing for residents at retirement homes and her church.
Sunday, January 7 2023, 4:00PM
Bassist, Toby Vigneau
Toby Vigneau is a versatile musician who excels as a soloist, orchestral player, and collaborator. He aspires to touch the hearts of his listeners and promote the importance of community in music. Toby's musical journey began at age five with the violin and at age ten, he started playing the double bass.
In 2020-21, Toby, along with his parents, Kevin Vigneau and Kim Fredenburgh, established tRio Grande, an ensemble that commissioned several new works for oboe, viola, and bass. The group performed compositions by Sérgio Azevedo, Miguel del Aguila, Mariano Morales, David Dean Mendoza, and Durwynne Hsieh.
Toby also organized safe jazz trio performances with pianist Evan Fort and drummer Jonah Minkus in Albuquerque during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing live music for the community when musical organizations were struggling to find ways to keep the music going. In 2022, He attended the Tanglewood Music Center and participated in the Festival of Contemporary Music, premiering George Benjamin's opera "Lessons in Love and Violence" in North America.
Toby has performed with several orchestras, including the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Symphony in C, and New Mexico Philharmonic. Toby also plays with the Chatter Chamber Series in Albuquerque, showcasing his versatility by performing works from different periods and genres. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as an orchestral fellow in 2019 and 2021.
Toby is a frequent concerto soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, including his performance as the first-prize winner in the 2018 Jackie McGehee Young Artist's Competition. He has also played solo recitals for the Placitas Artists' series and the Chatter Chamber Series. Toby is passionate about highlighting the unique musical voice of the double bass. Currently, Toby is studying at the Curtis Institute of Music under the guidance of Harold Robinson, Edgar Meyer, and Albert Laszlo.
Sunday, May 5, 2024 4:00PM
Violinist, Nicholas Lin
Nicolas Lin, a 9th-grade student, is currently
studying violin under the tutelage of Elizabeth Faidley.
He has displayed his virtuosic skills as a soloist with
the IMONY Chamber Orchestra and
Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. Moreover,
he has had the opportunity to learn from renowned
violinists such as Augustine Hadelich, Ray Chen,
Carolyn Widmore, and Lisa Batiashvili
in their masterclasses. His exceptional talent has
been recognized through numerous accolades,
winning the Grand Prize of the 2020 Prima Volta
Music Competition, the 2020 International Young
Artists Competition, and the Gold Medal at the
2020 National Young Maestro Competition.
He also received First Prizes at the 2020 NY Artists
International Competition, the 2020 NY Young Virtuoso Competition , the 2020-21East Coast International Music Competition, the 2021 VIVO International Competition, the 2021 Manhattan International Music Competition and the 2021Canadian International Music Competition. When he is not playing the violin, Nicolas indulges in his hobbies of filmmaking, playing basketball, and video games.