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Nolan Petote (clarinet) holds Master’s and Advanced Music Studies Degrees in music performance from Carnegie Mellon University. While at Carnegie Mellon, Nolan was in the studio of Michael Rusinek and was a member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda, Theta Xi chapter. He is also a 2012 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s Degree in music performance. While at Duquesne, he was in the studio of Ron Samuels and was a winner of the 2010 Duquesne University Symphony Concerto Competition and 2012 Charles Bruno Wind Symphony Concerto Competition. Nolan has substituted numerous times with the Orchestras of Charleston (SC), South Florida, Albany (NY), Wheeling, Westmoreland, and Johnstown. He is an active chamber musician with the Bel Suono Ensemble, freelances with many Pittsburgh ensembles, maintains a private teaching studio, and is on the staff on the Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra. He has also studied extensively with Richard Page and Brian Hysong.

 

“Exceptional talent with virtuoso technique” writes Mike Cimballa, music critic and violinist with┬áthe Charlotte Symphony of Mr.Korbanic’s lyrical interpretations. Born and educated in Pittsburgh, He earned a masters degree in classical guitar performance fromCarnegie Mellon University studying with Jim Ferla and additional study with Tom Kitka from Duquense University. As a player on the newly innovated 8 string Brahms guitar, he has toured the east cost and mid-west. In 2006, Matthew received a grant to study with Paul Galbraith(Founder of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet and Grammy nominee). Some noted performances have been with Russ Friedman and the Rippingtons, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Arts Council,and live on WQED-FM in Pittsburgh. He has released a CD of original guitar compositions and the world premiere of Robert Maggio’s “Traveling Songs,” and is currently publishing new editions for the guitar. He has recorded with Arabesque Records.