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Nancy Wilson


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With a repertoire ranging from early 17th century violin solos to the string quartets of Beethoven and Schubert, Ms.Wilson is known as one of the leading baroque violinists in the U.S.  A founding member of many of American's pioneering period instrument ensembles, including Concert Royal, the Bach Ensemble, and the Classical Quartet, she performs regularly with Aston Magna and has worked extensively with the Smithsonian Chamber Players.  She has performed as concertmaster and soloist with leading conductors in early music, including Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, and Jaap Schroeder, regularly leads period orchestra performances in theNew York City metropolitan area, and has over 50 recordings to her credit.

Her solo playing has been called "clear and sweet in tone, refined in articulation" by Gramophone, "exceptionally stylish" by The Edinburgh Scotsman and “expert” by the New York Times. As concertmaster of the  Boston Early Music Festival, she had the honor of playing on one of Bach’s own violins from the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. She has also appeared as soloist  in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons  in Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago.  Ms. Wilson is currently undertaking the first ever recording of thesonatas for violin andcontinuo of Teodorico Pedrini.

A native of Detroit, Ms. Wilson holds degrees from Oberlin College and The Julliard School; shestudied modern violin with Dorothy Delay, David Cerone, and Mischa Mischakoff, and began her studies of historical performance practice with Albert Fuller, Jaap Schroeder, and Stanley Ritchie. She has been invited to give lectures and workshops at throughout the U. S. and Europe, and currently teaches at Mannes College The New School for Music and Princeton University.

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