TWI Participant Biographies


Get to know the participants of the 2020 Winter Institute
(The Birth of the Symphony)


Matthew Hudgens  (Grand Junction, CO / Harlem, NY)
Matthew Hudgens, born and raised in small town Colorado, began studying oboe at the age of 11. Matthew now performs regularly on modern and historical oboes throughout the US. He has performed with many ensembles, including Dallas Bach Society, Orchestra of New Spain, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Juilliard415, Bach Vespers, and Les Arts Florissants. Matthew holds a BMus from East Tennessee State University, a MMus from University of North Texas, and is currently pursuing a second Masters at The Juilliard School focusing on historical performance. Along with his performance career, he has an extensive background as an educator: he maintained a studio of 45 oboe students in the Dallas area for 2 years, and has led masterclasses on historical and modern oboe at Southwest Oklahoma State University and Colorado Mesa University. He is also a faculty artist with the Maryland Wind Festival, and a member of the Maryland Chamber Winds. [TBSI 2017]

Emily Ostrom (Vashon, WA)
Emily Ostrom started playing period instruments while she was studying at Oberlin Conservatory, taking baroque oboe lessons with Kathryn Montoya. She studied voice as well, earning a Master's degree in solo voice ensemble singing from the University of York, UK. Currently she is a first-year student in Juilliard's Historical Performance department, studying baroque oboe with Gonzalo Ruiz. This January marks her official debut on the classical oboe.


Aaron Goler(Arlington, VA / Ithaca, NY)
Aaron Goler holds degrees in bassoon performance from McGill University and the University of Minnesota, where he studied under Stéphane Lévesque, Norbert Nielubowski, and Charles Ullery. In addition to his work as a performer and arranger, he has done extensive research on the works of François Devienne and has published newly revised editions of Devienne's four bassoon concerti. [TBSI 2018]

Cyrus Roat (Seattle, WA)
Since relocating to Seattle from the Midwest in 2014, Cyrus has appeared regularly on both modern and historical bassoons. He performs with the North Corner Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, and others. Cyrus completed his MM at Indiana University and his BM at the University of Wisconsin. [TBSI 2019]


Christopher Price (Toronto, ON / Montréal, QC)
Christopher Price is a professional historical horn and trumpet player residing in Montréal. He has performed and toured, on both instruments, with a number of period ensembles spanning across Canada and into the US, including Pacific Baroque Orchestra, L’Harmonie des Saisons, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, Les Boréades, Ottawa Baroque Consort, Ensemble Caprice, and Bach Society of Minneapolis. Christopher has been invited to perform and record with Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante in Warsaw in August 2020. He is entering his final semester of his MMus degree in historical brass performance at McGill University.

Fiona Stout (Miami, OK)
A native of Miami, Oklahoma, Fiona Stout is a senior horn performance major at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Along with the valved horn, Fiona is a fluent natural hornist and has studied through Eastman's natural horn curriculum with period specialist Derek Conrod. Apart from school and horn, Fiona enjoys her home in the country, cycling, baking bread, and being a part of the successful YouTube Channel  ReactotheK, where she provides musical analysis of Korean pop music in a series titled “Classical Musicians React to K-Pop.”


Suhashini Arulanamdam (Victoria, NL / Toronto, ON)
Violinist Suhashini Arulanandam was born in Carbonear, Newfoundland and lives in Toronto. She is a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. As a baroque violinist, she has attended Tafelmusik's Summer and Winter programs, as well the American Bach Soloists Academy and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. An enthusiastic educator, Suhashini has a private studio of quirky, inquisitive, and tenacious violin students. Her studies in movement for musicians with the Association for Body Mapping Education continue to inform her own playing and teaching.  [TBSI 2014, 19 / TWI 2015]

Lydia Becker (Bordeaux, France / Rochester, NY)
Lydia Becker is an innovative violinist who is passionate about building a vibrant audience relationship through historical performance practices and authenticity. Lydia is currently pursuing a double Masters in Early Music and Violin Performance at the Eastman School of Music, where she also earned her BMus. [TWI 2019]

Keats Dieffenbach (Wilmington, NC / New York, NY)
Equally comfortable on the stages of Carnegie Hall and the set of Saturday Night Live, Keats Dieffenbach’s dual specialization in contemporary and historical performance on multiple instruments keeps her in demand with many leading ensembles. Keats is a member of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, and The Cramer Quartet, and she has appeared frequently with The Knights, A Far Cry chamber orchestra, and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect, with whom she held a prestigious two-year fellowship position. An avid chamber musician, Keats' collaborators have ranged from ‪Emanuel Ax and Christian Tetzlaff, to baroque violinist Monica Huggett and indie rock sensation ‪Vampire Weekend. She has worked closely with composers Steve Reich, Shulamit Ran, Nico Muhly, and others. Keats studied modern violin with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School and served as Donald Weilerstein’s teaching assistant at New England Conservatory. She recently graduated from Juilliard’s Historical Performance program.

Chloe Fedor (Miami, FL / New York, NY)
Lauded for her “lovely, plush, seductive tone,” (New York Times) violinist Chloe Fedor performs with The American Classical Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. Chloe appeared on Broadway as the onstage baroque violinist in Farinelli and the King.She recently soloed with House of Time, Amor Artis, and recorded with ACRONYM.

Laura Hamilton (Berkeley, CA/Oakland, NJ)
Laura Hamilton was until very recently the Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  Previously a member of the Chicago Symphony, she appeared there as concerto soloist with conductor Sir Georg Solti. Laura is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music. She is now focusing her energies on historical performance.

Pauline Kempf (Paris, France / Chicago, IL)
Pauline Kempf was first initiated to baroque violin and its repertoire with Florence Malgloire while studying in Europe. Currently a candidate for the Doctorate program at Northwestern University, she has performed concertos by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven with the Bienen School of Music period orchestras. Pauline has played in masterclasses for E. Blumenstock, E. Citterio, M. Destrubé, R. Mealey, and C. Moore. Pauline performs with several Chicago-based period instrument ensembles, including Third Coast Baroque and Bella Voce Sinfonia. [TWI 2019]

Eleanor Legault (Seattle, WA/Bloomington, IN)
Eleanor Legault is a baroque violinist from Seattle, W,A currently pursuing a MMus in historical violin performance at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN, where she is studying with Stanley Ritchie. Eleanor has performed with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Las Aves, Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, the Callipygian Players, and Tonos del Sur. Eleanor has attended the Jeune Academie de la Orchestra in Saintes, France and Urbino Musica Antica in Italy. [TWI 2019]

Valentina Mattiussi (Udine, Italy / Milan, Italy)
Valentina Mattiussi is an Italian violinist, performing both modern and baroque violin. Lukas Hagen sees in her “a great capacity for musical imagination,” and she is regularly appreciated for her musical sensibility and expressiveness. One of her main interests is research into the works of female composers, with a repertoire ranging from the renaissance to present day. Her 2019 Master’s thesis “Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen and her opus N.1” was awarded with the Preis für exzellente Masterarbeit by the University Mozarteum Salzburg. Currently she is studyng historical performance under the guidance of the renowned Italian violinist and conductor Enrico Onofri. 

Vivian Mayers (Winston-Salem, NC / New Haven, CT)
Vivian Mayers is a third-year student at Yale University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History, and studies the baroque violin with Professor Daniel Lee. Vivian serves as concertmaster of the Yale Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently with the Opera Theater of Yale College and the Yale Baroque Opera Project. She has studied modern violin under Professors Kyung Yu and Stephanie Chase, and has played the baroque violin in masterclasses for Marylin MacDonald and Cynthia Roberts. 

Laurène Patard-Moreau (Toulouse, France / Montréal, QC)
Originally from Toulouse, France, Laurène Patard-Moreau obtained her diploma at the Toulouse Conservatory in modern violin with Nathalie Descamps. In 2018 she joined the Pôle des Arts Baroques de Toulouse, where she studied baroque violin in Gilles Colliard's class. Laurène is currently studying violin at the Université de Montréal with Laura Andriani. As a member of L’Orchestre Français des Jeunes (dir. Fabien Gabel) in 2017 and 2018 she undertook several tours in Europe, and participanted in a classical session under the direction of Julien Chauvin. She is currently concertmaster of the orchestra of the Université de Montréal.

Valentina Russo (Udine, Italy)
Valentina Russo was born in Udine, where she completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin. She performs with the professional orchestras in Udine. Since 2011, she has been studying historical performance with, among others, Elisa Citterio and Stefano Montanari.

Flavia Succhiarelli (Rieti, Italy / Milan, Italy)
A graduate of L'Aquila Conservatory, Flavia studied violin with D.Bogdanovich and M. Fiorini at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, specializing in baroque violin with M.Tòth and N.Robinson. She has collaborated with several orchestras, including Orchestra G.L. Cherubini and Theresia Baroque Orchestra, and plays chamber music with piano (Duo Kham) and viola (AlyaDuo).


Isabelle Douailly-Backman (Chicago, IL/ Montréal, QC)
Isabelle Douailly-Backman was born and raised in a small town called Chicago. Growing up with a teacher who despised anything baroque, H.I.P. [Historically Informed Performance] was unknown to Izzy until she joined McGill University's Baroque Orchestra in 2013. Today, she's finishing her second degree in H.I.P. under the tutelage of Olivier Brault and will start her Master’s in Europe. [TWI 2019]

Edward Klorman (Montréal, QC)
Violist Edward Klorman is a professor at McGill University, where he was recently appointed Canada Research Chair in Musical Analysis and Performance. His award-winning book Mozart’s Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works examines the metaphor of “conversation” in 18-century chamber music.

Namgon Lee (Seoul, Republic of Korea / Montreal, QC)
Baroque violist Namgon Lee is an early music specialist who is making a distinctive career by performing music from the 12th to 18thcenturies. He has performed with Tempesta di Mare and BachSolisten. Namgon is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma at McGill University. [TWI 2018]

Emily Rideout (Boston, MA)
Emily Rideout enjoys an active career on modern and baroque viola. She was winner of Boston University’s Bach Competition, and appeared as guest violist with the Emerson, Muir, and Avalon Quartets.  She performs with the period ensembles Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque, and with Grammy-nominated ensembles Boston Modern Orchestra Project and A Far Cry. She holds a DMA from Boston University, and degrees from SUNY Stony Brook and Moravian College.


Joseph Howe (Salem, OR)
Joseph Howe lives in Boulder, Colorado. He received a BMus degree from the University of Oregon and a MMus degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. His teachers have included Judith Glyde, Steven Pologe, Guy Fishman, and David Requiro. Joseph performs with many ensembles in the Denver area, and teaches a studio of cello students.

Kerri McGonigle (Edmonton, AB / Toronto, ON)
Cellist Kerri McGonigle is the Artistic Director of the Academy Concert Series (chamber music devoted to historical performance of all periods). Kerri graduated with a MMus from the University of Alberta, won Premier Prix in violoncello and chamber music from the Gennevilliers Conservatory, and completed an Advanced Certificate in Baroque Performance with Tafelmusik through the University of Toronto. [TBSI 2005, 06 / TBSI Continuo Team 2007–09]

Cullen O’Neil (Kalamazoo, MI / New York, NY)
Cullen O’Neil is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Historical Performance at Juilliard, where she studies with Phoebe Carrai. Previously she studied modern cello with Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan. As a baroque cellist she has attended the Orford Baroque Seminar and the Berwick Academy, and has participated in masterclasses led by Eva Lymenstull, Sarah MacMahon, Sarah Cunningham, and Elizabeth Blumenstock, among others.

Patrick Theriault (London, ON)
Patrick Theriault is a Canadian-born cellist and teacher. He holds a MMus from Western University, studying under Thomas Wiebe. He regularly performs as a soloist and collaborator with various artists and ensembles in the London area. He plays with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and London Community Orchestra as principal cellist, and plays regularly with the London Symphonia and the Windsor Symphony. As a teacher, he holds a small private studio as well as teaching at the Forest City Talent Education program, Young Artists Pre-College Academy, and the London Youth Symphony. Patrick is passionate about both performance and education and wants to continue to bring music to new and younger audiences. [TBSI 2017, 19]


Matthew Girolami (Oshawa, ON)
Matthew Girolami obtained an Advanced Certificate in Performance in Early Music with Joëlle Morton at the University of Toronto. Matthew is involved with chamber, contemporary, and orchestral music as well as early music. He has performed as principal bass with The Four Seasons Project, Tafelmusik Winter Institute, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and The Toronto Bach Festival. He has also performed with the American Bach Soloists Academy, The Berwick Academy, Toronto Chamber Choir, and the Scaramella ensemble. He has studied under Edward Tait, Joëlle Morton, and Richard Myron. [TBSI 2014–16 / TWI 2019]

Shanti Nachtergaele (Davis, CA/Montreal, QC)
Shanti Nachtergaele is a Vanier Scholar and PhD student in musicology at McGill University, holding degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory, the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and Penn State University. She studied double bass with Donovan Stokes, and historical performance with Maggie Urquhart and Rob Nairn. [TBSI 2017 / TWI 2016, 18]


Louise Hung (Coquitlam, BC/Toronto, ON)
Louise Hung’s first introduction to classical music was hearing a rendition of Beethoven’s Für Elise playing through the speakers of garbage trucks in Taiwan as a baby. She has received an Advanced Certificate of Performance in harpsichord from the University of Toronto and is studying with Charlotte Nediger. She also has a MMus in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. [TBSI 2017, 18 / TBSI Continuo Team 2019 / TWI 2019]

Sébastien Mitra (Amsterdam, Netherlands / Ottawa, ON)
Sébastien Mitra is a Canadian harpsichordist based in Amsterdam. He completed his BMus in harpsichord performance with Hank Knox at McGill University. He is currently pursuing a MMus at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Menno van Delft and Kris Verhelst. Back in Canada, Sébastien is harpsichordist for the Quebec City based Ensemble Zoroastre, which focuses on operatic baroque repertoire. Sébastien has played in masterclasses given by Mahan Esfahani, Arthur Haas, Mark Edwards, Barthold Kuijken, and others. [TBSI 2017 / TWI 2018]

Jonathan Solomon (New York, NY)
Jonathan Salamon, harpsichordist and fortepianist, has performed/presented at festivals and conferences in the US and abroad. A recent prizewinner at the 4th Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition in Lamèque, Canada, Jonathan studies with Arthur Haas as a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Music.