Nathan Southwick (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Currently pursuing a DMA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he has been named a Minerva Scholar, as well as the instructor of violin and viola at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, Nathan Southwick is a vibrant and active violinist and musician. Nathan is a Hayes Fellow, Presidential Scholar, recipient of the Presser Award, an Eccles Scholar, an URCO Grant recipient and was a Hesse Scholar at the Aldeburgh Festival in England. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Utah State, he has been teaching assistant to three established pedagogues; Annie Chalex Boyle, Charles Wetherbee, and Marjorie Bagley.
Saikat Karmakar (Atlanta, Georgia)
Saikat Karmakar, violin, is currently a doctoral student at Texas Tech University studying with Professor Annie Chalex Boyle as a graduate Teaching Assistant performing in the graduate string quartet. He performs as Assistant Principal Second Violin position in the Lubbock Symphony and section violin in the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale. He has worked in the Ohio Light Opera, Lansing Symphony, Northern Dutchess Symphony, as well as The Villages Philharmonic. Mr. Karmakar earned an Artist Diploma from Montclair State University, Masters Degree in Violin Performance from Michigan State University, and Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of Georgia.
Bruno Lunkes (Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Bruno Lunkes has concertized extensively throughout Brazil and the United States as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. A graduate of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, he studied with Hella Frank and Fredi Gerling. Currently, Bruno is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance at Texas Tech University, where he is a student of and a teaching assistant to Professor Annie Chalex Boyle.
Travis Ebner (Searcy, Arkansas)
Travis Ebner, violinist, is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance with Professor Annie Chalex Boyle at Texas Tech University. He began his musical career at the age of 12 under the direction of Megan Guthrie. He performed in her orchestra for six years. Throughout high school, Travis served as Concertmaster for the Senior High Orchestra and the Harding University Youth String Orchestra and served a principal second for the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as the Arkansas All-State Chamber Orchestra. He also performed regularly with the Harding University Orchestra and made prestigious chair placements in All-Region and All-State Orchestras. The list of festivals that Travis has participated in include the WAMA Advanced Orchestra Festival, Faulkner County Chamber Music Festival, The TCU Chamber Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and the OU Solo and Chamber Music Academy. Travis has received the opportunity to perform in several masterclasses with highly-praised classical trained ensembles such as the Ying Quartet and the New York Classical Players. Other ensembles that Travis has performed with include the UCA Symphony, and the Conway Symphony Orchestra as a section violinist. Travis has been employed as a Violin Faculty at several festivals including the WAMA Festival, Harding University Band & Orchestra Camp, and most recently, the University of Central Arkansas String Camp. He is also employed at the Interactive Music Studio in Lubbock, Texas, where he teaches privately.
Joseph Jung (Johns Creek, Georgia)
Joseph Jung currently studies at Texas Tech University as a Teaching Assistant where he has served as the Concertmaster. He also plays as a member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Joseph began his studies at age six in South Korea where he was born. At age eight, he continued his studies in Georgia where he was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Depaul University where he studied with Janet Sung. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Texas Tech University where he studies with Annie Chalex Boyle.
Ariya Tai (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Ariya Tai is the recipient of the JT and Margaret Talkington Performing Arts Fellowship from Texas Tech University. She has performed extensively in her home country Malaysia, and also in the United States and Australia. She obtained her Associate of Trinity- Guildhall London (ATCL) and Licentiate of Trinity- Guildhall London (LTCL) performance diplomas with distinction in both piano and violin performance, and was a member of the Malaysia Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2010 to 2015. She has received fellowships at music festivals like Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Round Top Festival Institute. Ariya is the first prize winner of the Texas Tech University Concerto Competition. She also won the Round Top Festival Institute Chamber Music Competition. Recently, she was a soloist with the TTU Sinfonietta. As an orchestral musician, she is a violinist at Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chora
Grace Marin Aguilar (San José, Costa Rica)
Costa Rican/Spanish violinist Grace Marín combines a career in chamber music and orchestral playing together with a passion for pedagogy. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has played in the most important venues and festivals in Costa Rica and various countries in Latin America and Europe. Together with the pianist and composer Pilar Aguilar she recorded the album Huellas en el Mar, a CD of Aguilar's complete works for violin and piano. As a baroque violinist, she was a member of Syntagma Musicum, a group specializing in Latin American baroque and colonial music. With this ensemble, she has recorded the albums De aqui y de allá (2014) and Convidando está la noche (2020). In 2013 Syntagma Musicum was the winner of the National Chamber Music Award of Costa Rica. Grace Marin has won the “Andrés Segovia-José Miguel Ruíz Morales” prize in violin (2007) and in chamber music (2009), awarded by the International Course on Spanish Music “Música en Compostela.” She has played as a soloist with the Balearic Islands Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Heredia Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has served as concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of the Balearic Islands, the Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro JMJ (performing for the Pope in Madrid), the Santa Ana Symphony Orchestra, and principal second violin of the JC Young Orchestra Arriaga, and La Orquesta CR, and University of Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra. From 2014-2020 Marín was professor of violin at the National Institute of Music and since 2018 in Musical Arts of the University of Costa Rica. Grace Marín completed her undergraduate studies at the Hochschule fur Musik Nurenberg-Augsburg (Germany) and the Master in Musical Creation and Interpretation at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid (Spain). Her primary professors include Agustín León Ara, Joachim Schall and Guido Calvo.