2020-2021 Artists

Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, Violin (Ode To Joy – Episode 2)

is Principal Second Violin of the North Carolina Symphony and a Lecturer of Violin at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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She was previously a member of the Charleston Symphony. She has been a featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, and South Carolina Philharmonic, and was honored with the Russell Award at the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition.

Wolborsky has performed at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., as a co-founder of LACE (Living Arts Collective Ensemble) and with fellow NCS musicians in a trio setting. She has performed for Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Weisel in Chicago and, in 2001, for the Vice President of the United States in Washington, D.C. She has spent past summers at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, with the Chautauqua Symphony in New York, at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago, at Keshet Eilon in Israel, and at the Weathersfield Festival in Vermont. She has worked with members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, and Vermeer Quartets; and with Yuri Bashmet, Joseph Silverstein, and Claude Frank, among others. She has toured with Joshua Bell, James Levine, and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Wolborsky received her bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, as a student of Roland and Almita Vamos, and her master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein and received her Suzuki teacher training.

Danielle DeSwert Hahn, piano (Ode to Joy – Ep 2)

is a seasoned performer and arts professional. Ms. Hahn is currently the head of music programs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where she curates a weekly concert series.

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Formerly principal pianist of the Baltimore Opera Company and the Washington Concert Opera, she has also worked on the music staffs at the Ash Lawn Highland Opera Festival, New York Opera Society, and the Chautauqua, Indianapolis, Kentucky, North Carolina, Portland, Sarasota, and Washington National Opera Companies.

Ms. Hahn’s latest project, the Living Art Collective Ensemble (LACE), is a fluid group of musicians committed to bridging the gap between the visual and performing arts and bringing issues of cultural relevance to light within the context of engaging performances. Recently, Ms. Hahn completed the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellows Program.


Nathan Leyland, Cello (Ode to Joy – Ep 1)

born in Butler, Pennsylvania, later moved to Lynchburg, Virginia and began his cello studies in the public school system at the age of nine.

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Nathan attended the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist Nathaniel Rosen, a former student and teaching assistant to the late Gregor Piatigorsky. Mr. Leyland has performed as soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, The Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and the Welsh Hills Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Nathan began his professional career at the age of 20, becoming the cellist of the Pioneer String Quartet. In addition to that appointment, he was Principal Cellist of The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Leyland moved to North Carolina in 2001 and began performing regularly with some of the area’s professional ensembles such as the North Carolina Symphony, Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Master Chorale, and the Choral Society of Durham. Currently, he is the principal cellist of the North Carolina Opera, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Tar River Symphony Orchestra, and a member of The Mallarmé Chamber Players. Along with these positions, Leyland is an avid chamber musician and recitalist, having performed in venues across the US.

Jennifer Curtis, Violin (Ode to Joy – Ep 1)

Violinist Jennifer Curtis, a Chapel Hill, NC native, navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as…

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…“one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs,” and she was celebrated as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.” An improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jennifer is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and founder of the group Tres Americas Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela and the Knights Chamber Orchestra; performed in Romania in honor of George Enescu; given world premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; collaborated with composer John Adams at the Library of Congress; and appeared at El Festival de las Artes Esénias in Peru and festivals worldwide. An educator with a focus on music as humanitarian aid, Jennifer has also collaborated with musical shamen of the Andes, improvised for live radio from the interior of the Amazon jungle, and taught and collaborated with Kurdish refugees in Turkey.

Michael Burns, Bassoon (Ode to Joy – Ep 3)

An active performer, Michael Burns enjoys roles as a soloist, in chamber groups, and orchestrally with numerous recent performances…

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….at International Double Reed Society conventions, recitals and masterclasses throughout North America, Germany, Italy, China and the South Pacific. He performs as principal bassoon with the Asheville Symphony and the North Carolina Opera and as bassoonist in the EastWind Ensemble and Blue Mountain Forecast.

He also performs regularly with regional groups such as the Greensboro, Charlotte, and North Carolina Symphonies and as a guest with the Ciompi Quartet and Mallarmé Chamber Players.

He has recorded for the Centaur, CAP, Telarc, EMI, Klavier, and Mark labels and his solo CD Primavera: Music for Bassoon and Piano by Bassoonists, was released to critical acclaim on the Mark Masters label. A new CD Glass Ghosts is scheduled for release in 2020.

He performed extensively with the Cincinnati and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and he held Principal positions with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Midland/Odessa, Richmond, and Abilene Symphonies.

Burns plays on a Moosmann 222CL 5SC Thin Wall bassoon.

Burns’ primary position is as Professor of bassoon at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In summers, he has been associated with several Festivals including the Clazz International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy, Eastern Music Festival, The Summer Bassoon Extravaganza, Music for All/Bands of America Summer Symposium, the Affetti Festival, New England Music Camp and the Bocal Majority and Operation O.B.O.E.

Prior to accepting the position at UNCG, he also taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Indiana State University and Midland College.


Simon Ertz, Viola (Ode to Joy – Ep 1)

is principal viola of the Winston Salem Symphony and also a member of the Greensboro Symphony.

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He plays as a regular substitute in both the Charlotte and North Carolina Symphonies. Simon also regularly performs as principal viola with both the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and North Carolina Opera. He has appeared as soloist with the Winston Salem Symphony and regularly performs on the Greensboro Symphony Chamber Music Series. After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music Simon worked with orchestras across the UK including the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Degas Quartet from 2002 until 2010, Simon has performed in venues across the country including appearing as guest artists at the Aspen Music Festival, the Chicago Chamber Music Society and at the Library of Congress where he performed on the Tuscan Medici Stradivarius. Since moving to North Carolina, Simon completed a Doctoral of Musical Arts at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and now teaches at North Carolina State University. He plays a viola made by his brother, Neil Ertz.

Carla Copeland-Burns, Flute (Ode to Joy – Ep 3)

Flutist Carla Copeland-Burns enjoys an active teaching and performing career based in North Carolina. Noted as a flexible and versatile player….

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….Carla currently performs with the Greensboro, North Carolina, and Salisbury Symphonies as well as the North Carolina Opera, Carolina Ballet, Blue Mountain Ensemble, Flute4, Mallarmé Chamber Players, and with the performer-composer collective Blue Mountain/Forecast. Enthusiastic about new works, Carla has been a member of commissioning projects and premiere performances with all of her chamber ensembles and as a soloist. She is equally comfortable performing as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, and playing contemporary music in alternative settings.

 Carla teaches at Duke University, Meredith College, and through her home studio. Previously she served for eight years as Instructor of flute at Radford University, and has also been a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mars Hill College, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. Guest artist-teacher appearances include schools such as the New Zealand School of Music, Auckland University, University of Southern Maryland, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Florida State University. She has been a featured performer at National Flute Association Conventions and at several International Double Reed Society Conferences in the US, Canada, and Australia. In summers she has been associated with the New England Music Camp, Eastern Music Festival, and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy and Germany. She taught at the Clazz International Music Festival in Summer 2018 in Italy and looks forward to returning to Arcidosso soon! Carla’s students have successfully auditioned into festivals, competitions, and music schools throughout the US and abroad with many currently working as music educators, music therapists, arts administrators, and performers.

Carla has recorded with ensembles on the Albany, Centaur, and Klavier labels and has been heard on several editions of NPR’s Performance Today. Mentors include Charles DeLaney, Lois Schaefer, Carol Wincenc, and Nadine Asin and her degrees are from Florida State University, New England Conservatory, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

Dr. Copeland-Burns is a Yamaha Performing Artist

Jacqueline Nappi – keyboard (Ode to Joy – Ep 3)

Residing in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina, Jacqueline Nappi is a harpsichordist, pianist, organist, teacher, and avid improviser.

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She performs regularly with the North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Historically Informed Performance (HIP) Music Festival, the Mallarmé Chamber Players, the Duke University’s Dance Program, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Music Department. Past collaborations include Duke Performances, the Duke Chapel Bach Cantata Series, the Boston Early Music Festival fringe concerts, and piano improvisation for yoga classes at Global Breath Yoga Studio in downtown Durham. Jacqueline holds a Master of Music degree from SUNY Stony Brook, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Hartt School. 

Jacqueline is the Minister of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham, Piano Faculty and Music Coordinator at Durham Academy, and she teaches harpsichord/organ continuo lessons at UNC-Chapel Hill. Jacqueline is also Dean of the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and a member of the Board of Directors for the Mallarmé Chamber Players. 

Rachel Niketopoulos, Horn

The seventh of eight children growing up in a house full of art, music, and bicycles in Davenport Iowa, Rachel Niketopoulos began playing the horn at age 11. She studied horn performance at the Universities of Iowa and…

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Missouri (Kansas City). As a student, she attended the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.  She also toured Europe with the New World Symphony (where she met her future husband) and the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra. After seven seasons with the Virginia Symphony and Opera, she joined the North Carolina Symphony in 2005. She performs regularly with the NC Symphony Wind Quintet, and was a soloist with the Orchestra in performances of Schumann’s Konzertstuck for four horns.

Trained at the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia, she has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique for over 10 years. She maintains a busy schedule of private lessons, and gives workshops for musicians all over North Carolina and Virginia, including the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and recent Southeast Horn Workshops at Appalachian State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and UNC-Greensboro. She works with Yoga students at Global Breath Yoga in Durham, teaching Alexander Technique and Anatomy. She volunteers with the Jobstart program in Raleigh, where she teaches yoga and mindfulness to 10 women inmates every Monday.

She married her horn section colleague Christopher Caudill at the Outer Banks, and they love living in North Carolina.  As a duo, Rachel and Chris have performed on both Baroque and Natural horns with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, playing copies of horns from 18th and early 19th-century Paris.

Together, they have rescued two extremely sweet girl dogs, and more than a few cute cats.

Matvey Lapin – Violin (Ode to Joy – Ep. 1)

Matvey Lapin, Baroque violin, enjoys multifaceted career as a recitalist, chamber music performer, orchestra leader and teacher. His professional engagements brought him around the world,…

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…including most of the Europe, Japan and Korea. Russian native, he accomplished his conservatory training in St. Petersburg, and currently is completing his DM in violin performance at IU Jacobs School of Music, minoring in historical violins and music history.A former member of Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet, Matvey collaborated with such musicians as Alex Kerr and Barthold Kuijken, among others. Duo Amabile, a chamber music duet formed with his wife, pianist Katya Kramer-Lapin, performs intensively across US and in Europe. As a historically informed performer, Matvey performed with Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble ad Libitum. Demanded teacher, Matvey currently teaches violin and viola for Virginia Tech Outreach Program and Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia. He is a faculty member of the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival and Courses in Prague, Czech Republic.