Artist Bios

2018 Regular Artists

Ryan Caparella Violin

Ryan Caparella is an active violinist currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Violin Performance at the Hartt School of Music. As a freelancer and teacher, Ryan thrives on sharing his love of music with others dually through performing and educating. Ryan plays in numerous orchestras, having toured the US and China with The Mantovani Orchestra in recent years. Ryan has performed with a range of Grammy and Emmy nominated and winning artists, including Bruce Hornsby, Steve Miller, Judy Collins, Ricky Scaggs, Bebe Neuwirth, Jon Secada and Patti Austin. Alongside an active performance schedule, Ryan serves as an assistant for the Elizabeth Faidley Studio and teaches violin at Farmington Valley Academy Montessori in Avon, CT. With a particular passion for chamber music, Ryan has attended summer chamber music festivals across the country working under the tutelage of many accomplished artists, including current and former members of the Emerson Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Borodin Quartet.

Fernando Vizcayno violin

Fernando Vizcayno studied violin with Cuauhtemoc Rivera at the Escuela Superior de Música del INBA in Mexico City. He was twice a laureate at the National "Hermilo Novelo" Competition as well as in the Ollin Yoliztl Chamber Competition and the 2009 NYU String Quartet Competition where his group (Cuarteto Ighme) was awarded first prize and "Audience Favorite". He has attended summer festivals in Italy, México and the United States where he worked with Zoria Shijmursaeva, Kyung Sun Lee, Andrzej Grabiec, Aaron Rosand, Juan Carlos Rybin, Ani Kavafian, Pacifica String Quartet, Artis Cuartet and the Friburg Chamber Orquestra. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree at the Hartt School of Music, under the supervision of Anton Miller.

Laura Krentzman viola

Violist Laura Krentzman completed her undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and graduate studies at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Carol Rodland and Susan Dubois. While at the University of North Texas, Laura studied Baroque viola performance with Cynthia Roberts and was principal viola of the Collegium Musicum. She has participated in many summer festivals, including the Henry Mancini Institute, New York University String Quartet Workshop, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Laura has performed in masterclasses with Kim Kashkashian, Helen Callus and Michelle LaCourse and has worked with Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson Quartet as well as Danny Seidenberg of the Turtle Island Quartet. In 2004, she was a soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and in 2008 with the University of North Texas Collegium Musicum. Since 2005, Laura has premiered and recorded numerous works by Boston-based composer Alla Elana Cohen. Currently Laura plays with the New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury, and Glens Falls Symphonies and is attending the Hartt School where she studies with Rita Porfiris and is a member of the Performance 20/20 program.

Anne Berry cello

Cellist Anne Berry is a doctoral candidate at the Hartt School of Music. She is active both as a performer and teacher. Last spring, Anne gave a lecture and performance of Brahm's Op. 99 sonata at the Hartt School, and is currently writing an analytical essay about the piece on the subject of "metrical dissonance." In winter of 2008, Anne served as cellist and co-organizer of the Ganesh String Quartet France tour. From 2007-2008, Anne was the cellist of the piano trio in residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was also the grand prize recipient of the Duquesne University Women’s Advisory Board competition in 2003. Anne currently teaches cello at Music and Arts and Summit Studios in Connecticut, and has also taught for the Music Academy of North Carolina, Vibo Music Center in San Francisco, and the San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools project. Anne holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Duquesne University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She also teaches Music History and Appreciation at Three Rivers and Capital Community Colleges.

Guest Artists

Crystal Pascucci cello

Crystal Pascucci, founder and manager of Quartetto Vivo, specializes in chamber music and free improvisation. In 2007, she founded the Empire String Quartet, which studied with the renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford University, and performed at the Lyricafest and Wintergreen festivals. With over five years of free improvisation instruction under David Rudge and Robert Black, Crystal has performed and recorded with numerous improvisation groups, which has included aleatoric music and film scores. Crystal received her Graduate Professional Degree in cello performance from the Hartt School of Music under Mihai Tetel, and her B.M. from SUNY Fredonia under Natasha Farny. She has also studied at NYU with Marion Feldman, and has played in many master classes for artists such as Marcy Rosen, Peter Oundjian and Clive Greensmith. Crystal currently splits her performance time between Hartford and the San Francisco Bay Area, where she studies with Joan Jeanrenaud.

Anna Griffis violin

Violinist and violist Anna Griffis made her orchestral debut at age fifteen as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She is a recent prize winner at the 2008 Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence. A member of the Anatolion Trio, which has toured the U.S. and Turkey, Anna is also a founding member and concertmaster of the Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra, which works to promote the performance of contemporary American and Turkish music. As a baroque violinist and violist, Anna is a member of the Foundling Baroque Orchestra and Advocacy Project based out of Providence, RI and has played with Tempesta Di Mare and Vancouver Early Music. Anna holds a B.M. from the Hartt School of Music, where she studied under Anton Miller. She has collaborated with Joshua Rifkin, Emlyn Ngai, Marc Destrube and Marylin McDonald.

Andrew Knebel viola

Andrew Knebel, violist, is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford where he was a student of Steve Larson. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance with a minor in music education. He has participated in Master Classes with John Largess (Miro String Quartet), Chauncey Patterdon (Miami String Quartet) and Heidi Castleman. As former violist of the Spectrum and Rocio Quartets, he has played in many venues in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. He has played with the Norwalk Symphony and is currently in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony. Andrew is also a chamber music coach and viola instructor for Summertrios in Chambersburg, PA and teaches privately in Fairfield County, CT.