Who We Are




Willow String Ensemble is an Ithaca-based quartet that performs classical and modern music. We offer high-level musicianship and work closely with our clients to create the ambiance they desire for their special event. 






Angela Yantorno, Founder and Artistic Director

Whether performing chamber music with her string quartet, solo recitals, as a freelance violinist in a symphony orchestra,  teaching in her private studio, or playing and singing in her Indie-Rock band, violinist Angela Yantorno is living a music-driven life. She loves connecting with her audiences and has been known to shed a tear at a wedding or two! 






Natalie COOTS

Natalie Coots began her quartet journey as a sophomore in high school in Syracuse, NY. Natalie attended Ithaca College from 2006-2010 for her double Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance and music education, as well as from 2011-2013 for her Master’s Degree in Suzuki Pedagogy. 


Eric Perreault

Between years spent in Ithaca (MM Performance ‘14) and the Piedmont region of North Carolina, cellist Eric Perreault has enjoyed more than a decade of rigorous engagement with diverse musical projects: regional symphonies, pit orchestras, chamber ensembles, early music groups, avant-garde and improv players, new compositions, and fiddle sessions.


mark Lewis

Hailing from Queensbury, NY, Mr. Lewis picked up the viola in 5th grade, and has been playing music ever since. Mr. Lewis graduated in 2005 from the Crane School of Music with a BM in Music Education and Viola Performance and he earned a Master of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Florida in 2009.  Mr. Lewis resides in Ithaca, NY teaching grades 6-8 in the Ithaca City School District. When not teaching music, he is likely to be seeing live music, traveling, or playing music with friends.