Ledah Finck is a violinist, violist, improviser, and composer residing in Baltimore, Maryland. A passionate performer, creator, and curator of contemporary classical music, she is an active member of experimental duo The Witches, the Bergamot String Quartet, Atlantic Extraction (jazz quintet led by bassist Nick Dunston) and earspace ensemble. In addition to music for those ensembles, she has been commissioned by Imani Winds, Alarm Will Sound/Now Hear This, the Bridge Ensemble, and The Peabody Community Chorus among others. Her music embodies a desire to create and share a sound-world in which the classical tradition, the folk music with which she grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and extensive improvisatory elements can be in productive dialogue.
Violinist Ellie MacPhee hails from Greenville, South Carolina and is in her third year at Oberlin Conservatory studying under the tutelage of Sibbi Bernhardsson. Her path as a musician began with traditional folk and bluegrass tunes and propelled her into her study as a classical violinist. Ellie has attended prestigious festivals such as ENCORE Chamber Intensive, Domaine Forget, Credo Winter Intensive and The Parker String Seminar. Ellie was a finalist in the Clemson Concerto Competition, Fine Arts Concerto Competition, YAO Scholarship Competition, Oberlin Honors Recital, and the Parker String Quartet Competition. She has also performed with Credo and played with incredible pedagoges and musicians such as Levon Chilingirian, Marc Coppey, Jinjoo Cho, and members of the Cavani Quartet.