Violin and viola teacher Andy Bonner is also a member of the music faculties of Duke and Elon universities and an active performer on both baroque and modern violin.
Andy grew up in Durham as a DUSS student himself, and studied with Dorothy Kitchen and Eric Pritchard. He now holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UNC-Greensboro, as well as degrees from the Eastman School of Music and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has performed with five professional symphonies and with acclaimed smaller ensembles including Ossia, the Duke New Music Ensemble, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and in venues including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (with Chamber Music Charleston) and the Boston Early Music Fringe Festival (with the Duke Vespers Ensemble). His support for musics outside the classical canon has led to experiences as varied as playing with Edgar Meyer in a masterclass and providing solo improvisation in a Moth Mainstage show. Andy’s scholarly research focuses on early baroque organology, musical migration, and the early growth of the violin. His doctoral dissertation focused on the 1627 Capriccio Stravagante, which uses a violin ensemble to imitate trumpets, shawms, organs, cats, dogs, roosters, and more.