Elizabeth Field & Stephanie Vial
As active performers and teachers on both period and modern instruments, violinist Elizabeth Field and cellist Stephanie Vial share a strong belief in the need to translate Early Music practices for today's performers on today's instruments. As a violin and cello team, Field and Vial have been working together for over a decade, sharing a unique history as performers on both period and modern instruments, and combining their playing and teaching with informed historical scholarship. Field and Vial each received doctoral degrees in 18th-century performance practice from Cornell University and together direct The Vivaldi Project and its educational arm, the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments. As a team, Field and Vial have performed and taught throughout the U.S. They directed the Duke University instrumental collegium from 2000-2003, and have led workshops and classes at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, and George Washington University. Since January, 2011 they have been regular guest teachers at The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Field and Vial have both been interviewed on WETA's series Classical Conversations.
Elizabeth Field, violinist, is the Founder and Director of the Vivaldi Project and concertmaster of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has served as concertmaster for leading period instrument ensembles such as the Washington Bach Consort and Opera Lafayette as well as acting as performance-practice coach for modern orchestras such as The National Philharmonic and the Washington Chamber Symphony. She has performed with leading period instrument ensembles such as the Handel & Haydn Society, The New York State Early Music Association, and the Classical Band. A former member of Brandywine Baroque, Field was also a founding member of the Van Swieten Quartet. She performs frequently with the Washington National Opera, and has recorded for Hungaroton, Naxos and the Dorian label. Field's modern training was done with Oscar Shumsky and Joseph Silverstein. From 1982-1991, Field performed and recorded extensively for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Field has coached student & professional performers throughout the U.S. including at the Universities of Maryland, Illinois and Iowa, and the University of Washington. She has held professorships at Sacramento State University of California, the University of California at Davis, and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. Her collaborative DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson, exploring the Historical performance Practice of 18th-century violin/piano repertoire was released in November of 2011. Emanuel Ax describes the DVD as "truly inspiring-a completely lucid and authoritative look at the connections between the great composers and the instruments that they worked with." He concludes, "In short, I am a fan!"
Stephanie Vial cellist, is the Assistant Director of the Vivaldi Project, and the co-director of EMMI. A sought-after chamber musician and soloist, Vial has performed with many of North America's period instrument ensembles including such groups as Quebec's Les Violons du Roy, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and the Apollo Ensemble. She has recorded for the Dorian Label, Naxos, Hungaroton, and Centaur Records. Fanfare Magazine, in a review of the Naxos recording of Quantz flute sonatas, gives "a particular bow to Stephanie Vial, who manages to make each cello intervention a delight to the ear." Vial received her training on the modern cello at Northwestern University with Alan Harris, followed by a Master's Degree at Indiana University with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Her book, The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical "Period", published in 2008 by the University of Rochester Press' Eastman Studies in Music Series, was praised by Malcolm Bilson as "inspired scholarship" and "essential reading." Vial has taught at Cornell University, Duke University, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.