Colin Pip Dixon (violinist & composer)
Recently relocated to New York after living and working for 14 years in Paris. His compositions include: Inovcation, for soprano, violin & viola, Suite Khamush, for voice, violin and cello based on the poetry of Rumi (performed in Paris, Lyon, Saintes, Belgium, etc); music for the theater piece Etty Hillesum (Paris, Avignon, Brussels, Geneva, Montreal, QuebecCity, etc.); original music for the play The Tolstoy Diaries (Sarasota Fl, Paris, Lyon, Brussels). Pieces for chamber music with narrator include Chekhov Triptych (Paris, New York, Boston), The Happy Prince (Paris, New York) and The Velveteen Rabbit (orchestra as well) (Paris, London). His compositions have received grants from the French institutions SACEM & SPEDIDAM and the French cultural magazine “Etudes” described the music of Suite Khamush: “Admirable music which is both ancient and new, contemporary and traditional, clear yet passionate, with rough, sensual and transparent sounds.” As a musician in the theater: The Cherry Orchard, Primo Levi, Pinocchio, Dancing Color Box (circus show), Cyrano de Bergerac, La Premiere Seconde. He has performed in various chamber music groups and orchestras in France and other European countries, including a chamber concert in Yerevan, Armenia (2007), and has taught violin in France’s National Conservatories in Reims and Versailles, among others. In 2010 he was honored to be invited to play at Les Invalides, Paris for the 100th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy’s death. As an actor: La Premiere Seconde (Paris, Lyon), Etty Hillesum (France, Belgium, Quebec, etc), Our Town (George), Into the Woods, etc. as well as appearances as a child in the films: Popeye (Robert Altman), and Paternity (Burt Reynolds). His studies took place at the High School of Music & Art, Mannes College of Music (prep.), a BA in music from Haverford College, and a year at the European Mozart Academy in Poland. His most important teachers have been Barbara Krakauer and Carol Amado. As a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner he gives workshops to other professional musicians. In 2006 his book of short stories entitled “…in God’s Flower Garden” was published in the U.S. by Pocol Press.
Arnaud Ghillebaert (viola)
Originally from Paris, he moved to New York in September 2012. After being awarded his “premier prix” in violin and viola from various conservatories in the Paris area (St. Maur, Cachan), he went on to complete a Masters in viola and violin at the Royal College of Music in London. He continued in London playing for a year with the Southbank Sinfonia. With this same orchestra he was part of London’s National Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s and Andre Previn’s play with music Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. He toured Europe for two summers with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis and Herbert Bloomstedt in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London or the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As an orchestral musician he has performed regularly with The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Mariner), The London Symphony Orchestra, The Bournemouth Sympony Orchestra, The Scottish Opera and Opera North. He performs in festivals in Italy every summer as a member of the Quartetto con Fuoco. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Viola performance at StonyBrook University with Nick Chords (Silkroad Ensemble) and Larry Dutton (Emerson String Quartet).