Praised for its brilliant and expressive playing, The Vivaldi Project is dedicated to presenting innovative programs of Baroque and Classical string repertoire to both delight and educate audiences. Co-directed by Elizabeth Field and Stephanie Vial, the period instrument ensemble takes its name from the virtuoso violinist and innovative composer Antonio Vivaldi in recognition of his uniquely pivotal position between late Baroque and early Classical composers. The repertoire includes well-known and beloved works as well as others rarely heard. The Vivaldi Project s educational arm, the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments, offers professional string players and advanced students the opportunity to study historical performance practices using modern instruments.
Violinist Elizabeth Field, distinguished for her passionate and stylistic playing on both period and modern instruments, is the founder of The Vivaldi Project. Field is concertmaster of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and also performs with a wide variety of ensembles throughout the United States, including Opera Lafayette in Washington, D.C. and Sun Valley Summer Symphony. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. In addition to period instrument recordings for Dorian, Hungaroton, MSR, and Naxos, Field has performed and recorded regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Deutsche Grammophon. Field holds a DMA from Cornell University in eighteenth-century performance practice, has held professorships at Sacramento State University and the University of California at Davis, and was a regular guest teacher at the Curtis Institute.
Violinist Allison Edberg Nyquist, whose playing has been described as impeccable and of great beauty, has performed throughout North America, collaborating with numerous Baroque ensembles, including Chatham Baroque, The Washington Bach Consort, Haymarket Opera Company, Apollo's Fire and Ensemble Voltaire. Nyquist is currently concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and a member of Third Coast Baroque in Chicago. Formerly Artistic Director of Music City Baroque in Nashville and an adjunct professor at the Blair School of Music, she also taught at Lawrence University, Ohio State University and Interlochen Arts Camp. Nyquist also served as professor of viola at Indiana State University and DePauw University. Her discography includes recordings for the Centaur, Delos, Eclectra and MSR labels.
Cellist Stephanie Vial is widely respected, being praised for her technical flair and expressive sense of phrasing. Vial performs regularly in early music ensembles throughout the United States and has given solo and chamber music concerts, lectures, and master classes at numerous universities and institutions, including Boston Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, Duke University, University of Virginia, and the Shrine to Music Museum in South Dakota. Vial holds a DMA in eighteenth-century performance practice from Cornell University, where she studied with John Hsu.