Nola String Quartet
The Nola String Quartet is one of the most sought-after Louisiana based ensembles for wedding ceremony music, corporate events, and parties. Performing from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, the group presents classical music as well as original arrangements of popular non-classical songs, bringing a level of artistry and professionalism that your guests are sure to notice.
Meet our musicians
Increasingly recognized as a versatile and passionate performer, Brazilian-born violinist Moises Bonella Cunha has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Brazil, Italy, Russia, and United States. As winner of several competitions, Moises has been featured as a soloist with major Brazilian symphonic and chamber orchestras, including Bahia Symphony Orchestra, Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra,Theatro Sao Pedro Chamber Orchestra, Unicamp Symphony Orchestra, receiving excellent reviews. He has also appeared as a soloist with ARCO Chamber Orchestra, University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Northern Neck Orchestra. Moises has also performed on Brazilian television such as TV Educativa and TV Senado as a soloist of the Projeto SESI Catedrais. At the invitation of pianist Arnaldo Cohen, Moises Cunha performed a solo recital for a full audience at the prestigious Sala São Paulo in Brazil. He has served as the Concertmaster of the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra during the Indiana University Summer Music Festival. Since 2018, Moises has served as Concertmaster and Artist-in-Residence of the Northern Neck Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. Moises Cunha is on the faculty of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, teaching chamber music and working with the youth orchestra in rehearsals and sectionals. Dr. Cunha also directs the newly established Crescent City String Academy, teaching private and group lessons for pre-college students. Moises Cunha holds a B.M. and a M.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, Conrado Wessel Foundation Scholarship, The Scott C. and Kathrin Schutz Latin American Scholarship, and the Artistic Excellence Award. Moises Bonella Cunha completed the D.M.A. at University of Georgia in the spring of 2018. His primary mentors include Mauricio Fuks, Kevork Mardirossian, and Levon Ambartsumian.
Elizabeth Almond Crute enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, orchestra player, and music educator. As the winner of the Augusta Symphony’s Concerto Competition, she performed Haydn’s Violin Concerto in G Major with the Augusta Symphony. Elizabeth was a member of ARCO Chamber Orchestra and was involved in multiple performances and recordings of classical and contemporary music with the ensemble. She toured with ARCO in Italy, performing at the 2011 UNESCO Conference in Venice at La Fenice. She was featured as a soloist with the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra and also performed for the First Lady of the Republic of Haiti in New Orleans. As an orchestral musician, Elizabeth has performed with ensembles such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Neck Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Philharmonic, Augusta Symphony, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, North Georgia Chamber Orchestra, and Hendersonville Symphony Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared in performances at the Amadeus Festival, Westabou Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, and Philadelphia International Music Festival. Elizabeth is passionate about music education and the role that music and art plays in shaping our lives. She is currently the director of the Crescent City String Academy where she teaches private and group classes to pre-college students. In addition, she works with the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras as the development assistant and rehearsal assistant, and is also on faculty at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts. She has also worked at the Philadelphia International Music Festival as a chamber music coach, the Director of the Children’s Program, and sectional instructor. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music where she attended on a music scholarship. Her principal teachers were Levon Ambartsumian and Shakhida Azimkhodjaeva. She also earned her BS in environmental engineering while at UGA.
Amelia Clingman lives in New Orleans, where she is a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. During summer months, she holds the position of Principal Viola with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon, and in 2014, she was named a Quarterfinalist in the Primrose International Viola Competition. As an avid chamber musician, Amelia became a founding member of the New Orleans-based Polymnia Quartet in 2015, and the Electric Yat Quartet in 2020. She is also a new music enthusiast, and has taken part in many world premiere performances, as well as performances and recordings with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Amelia also enjoys crossing into other genres, and has performed with renowned artists including the Who, Peter Gabriel, Mumford and Sons, and Tank and the Bangas. Amelia teaches violin and viola lessons privately, and has been part of many youth educational programs and masterclasses. In recent years, she has worked in various schools in New Orleans, through a grant from the Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Ms. Clingman graduated from UMass Amherst with a BM in violin performance, and in 2008 she completed her Master’s degree in viola performance at the New England Conservatory. She has attended the Heifetz and Kneisel Hall music festivals, and served as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2007-2009. Teachers include Marylou Speaker Churchill, James Buswell, Ed Gazouleas, Carol Rodland, and Kathryn Lockwood.
New Orleans-based cellist Jacob Fowler is the Founding Director of the Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series (Outer Banks, North Carolina), and frequently performs with the Houston and San Antonio Symphonies. He is also a Festival Artist at the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival in New Orleans, where he has performed with members of the Manhattan Chamber Players, Dover and Escher Quartets and the Lysander Trio since the festival’s founding in 2016. In March of 2019, Mr. Fowler was a featured artist at the SXSW Festival performing in the HBO/Games of Thrones and American Red Cross production Bleed for the Throne, which received national coverage. Mr. Fowler can also be heard on the 2019 soundtrack recording of the Alley Theater production Constellations. Mr. Fowler is a former tenured member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and former Principal Cellist of the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra, with which he travelled throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Along with these appointments, he was an adjunct cello professor at Virginia Wesleyan College, the Fei Tian Academy and Fei Tian College. Mr. Fowler has toured throughout China as a Principal Cellist of the Manhattan Symphonie. In Virginia, Mr. Fowler was a regular performer with the Norfolk Chamber Consort and the Hampton Roads Chamber Players, was a founding member of the New Commonwealth String Quartet. He performs regularly at Bargemusic in Brooklyn and has been a Festival Artist at the Festival de Febrero in Ajijic, Mexico. In November of 2014, Mr. Fowler collaborated with Todd Rosenlieb Dance Company to perform the Suite for Solo Cello by Gaspar Cassadó with choreography by Ricardo Melendez, which opened with great success and was hailed by M.D. Ridge of Norfolk’s WHRO as “the pièce de résistance. [Mr. Fowler] sang sweetly…and the result was spectacular.”