WILLOW STRING ENSEMBLE
Planning an event takes time and energy and we work to create an experience of ease and harmony before, on and after your wedding day.
Willow String Ensemble brings together Ithaca's finest string players, managed and led by professional violinist Angela Yantorno. Members of the ensemble are highly experienced, professional musicians who regularly perform with the Binghamton Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and various chamber music concerts. We offer a variety of genres and are dedicated to providing excellent customer service each step of the way while planning your event.
Willow String Ensemble is currently accepting inquiries and booking weddings for the summer 2017 wedding/event season and are accepting inquiring for the 2018 wedding season.
Angela Yantorno, Artistic Director
Founder of Willow String Ensemble, violinist Angela Yantorno holds the belief that music elevates the moment and brings people together like no other art form. Performing with other musicians and connecting with audiences inspired Angela to form Willow String Ensemble.
Angela's musical background is equal parts traditional classical training (graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 1993 and Ithaca College School of Music in 1998) and indie rock-Americana (composer and active member in the band Not From Wisconsin). As a child she was surrounded by the melancholy tones from Kind of Blue by Miles Davis to the symphonies of Mahler playing on her mom's 1970's record player. Angela continues her lifelong study of violin with violinist Kirsten Marshall and performs frequent recitals ranging from the music of Aaron Copland to J.S. Bach. Angela frequently performs with Binghamton Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Ithaca New Music Collective, and can be seen plugging in her violin with the rock band Not From Wisconsin. Angela maintains an active Suzuki teaching studio with a focus on joy and learning with young children.
Natalie Coots began her quartet journey as a sophomore in high school in Syracuse, NY. After being placed in a quartet with her brother and their best friends, the “Capriccio Quartet” experienced the works of Brahms, Mozart and Schumann. Natalie attended Ithaca College’s Chamber Music Institute, introducing her to the works of Ravel, Borodin and Dvorak. From these experiences, Natalie fell in love with the collaboration and teamwork involved in chamber music.
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. There she spent 7 years of studying quartet works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mozart, Brahms, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and many others. Natalie has 13 years of experience playing with her various quartets for weddings and events, and currently teaches violin and viola at Ithaca Talent Education. The Willow String Ensemble allows Natalie to continue the tradition of collaborating with friends with the purpose of creating and sharing the beauty of music.
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. His original and collaborative musical work has taken him on months-long road tours playing in DIY spaces, house shows, and local coffee shops across the country. Eric’s playing has been featured in recording both independently and through the Full Spectrum record label, including several collaborative albums of new/experimental music. He can be found regularly behind the espresso machine at Gimme! Coffee pursuing his other love, craft coffee, as well as making music on stage and in dimly-lit living rooms around Ithaca.
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 has a strong classical background and has performed with orchestras in New York, Florida, Georgia, and abroad in France and Italy. He has also performed in many recitals and master classes including classes by Pinchas Zukerman and Hank Dutt (Kronos Quartet). 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.