Nick Montopoli, hailed by the Washington Post as a performer with "no-fail agility," is one of the most versatile string players in the DC/Baltimore area. Nick has performed as a soloist with the National Festival Orchestra, the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Capital City Symphony. Nick won the University of Maryland Concerto Competition and the National Orchestral Institute Solo Competition, and has placed in the Goldie B. Feder String Competition and the Army Band Concerto Competition. As a chamber musician, Nick has performed in a variety of prestigious venues, including the White House, the Phillips Collection, and the Kennedy Center, and has performed alongside members of Orpheus and eighth blackbird. Nick performed with the Annapolis and Alexandria Symphonies, and has appeared as a member of the Fairfax Symphony, PostClassical Ensemble, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the International Chamber Orchestra of Washington. Nick's principal teachers include Virgilio Joven and David Salness. Nick holds a BM and MM in violin performance, both from the University of Maryland and most recently an Artists Diploma from the University of Texas at Austin.
Zachariah Matteson, from Kalispell, Montana, has been studying violin since the age of four, beginning his study in Russia. His teachers and coaches have included William Fedkenheuer, Irina Muresanu, David Salness, David Harrington and members of the Miró, Guarneri and ENSO quartets. As a founding member of invoke, a bowed and fretted string quartet, Zachariah has found great interest in pushing the boundaries of what is considered to be a classical ensemble, i.e. a string quartet, as well as exploring options to change the defined classical concert etiquette. Since it’s inception in 2013, invoke has participated as Emerging Young Artist Quartet at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp, as the Emerging String Quartet at Stanford (under the guidance of the St. Lawrence String Quartet) and was most recently the Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to performing with invoke, Zachariah also enjoys cooking and eating Russian cuisine and exploring the Austin food culture with his brother, Zeb.
Karl Mitze received his Master’s in Viola Performance from the University of Maryland where he studied with Daniel Foster. Originally from Dade City, FL, he received his Bachelor’s of Music from the McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, GA. He enjoys performing music of all genres from folk to jazz and as an active performer has had the opportunity to perform with and accompany such artists as the iconic Aretha Franklin, folk music innovator Marian McLaughlin and Ken Slowik of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, among others. Karl has had the honor to perform in Carnegie Hall, the New World Center, Esterházy Palace, and the National Gallery of Art among other pretty cool places. As a founding member of invoke, he sings, composes original music and performs on a variety of instruments. Recent accolades include winning First Prize in the Open Category of the M-Prize in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With invoke he was also selected as member of the Young Professional String Quartet at the University of Texas at Austin (2016-18) where he studied with the indomitable John Largess and the Miró String Quartet.
Geoff Manyin, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, made his professional solo debut at 17 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He started playing cello at age 8, and grew up honing his playing with the guidance of teachers Evelyn Elsing, David Hardy, and Suzanne Orban. In 2016 he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying under David Teie of the National Symphony. Manyin has participated in the Brevard Music and National Orchestral Institutes. In addition to regularly performing at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, he has had the privilege of playing in such venues as the New World Center, the Music Center at Strathmore and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, as well as the National Gallery of Art and the Embassy of Colombia, and overseas in Russia and Italy. Most recently, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Masters Degree, where he studied cello under Joshua Gindele of the Miró Quartet. Manyin keeps busy freelancing in the Austin area, where he and invoke make home base.
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