Recent Artists and Performers

Alexander Scheirle

Alexander Scheirle

Alexander Scheirle, the Crested Butte Music Festival's Artistic and Managing Director since 2004, also enjoys an international career as a cellist, performing concertos, chamber repertoire and orchestral music. In Crested Butte, he plays as principal cellist of the Festival Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist and in recitals. Resident in the USA since 2007, he was born in Germany and trained at t...

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Ben Powell

Ben Powell

Ben Powell stands among select few as one of the leading multi-stylistic improvising violinists of his generation. He has worked with jazz icons such as vibraphonist Gary Burton, classical conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Marin Alsop & Keith Lockhart to name a few, and on the scoring stages of Los Angeles with composers such as Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat. His abilities to play classi...

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Cyrille Aimée

Cyrille Aimée

Vocalist Cyrille Aimée was primarily raised in France by a French father and Dominican mother. As a curious child in Samois-sur-Seine, she would sneak out of her bedroom window to wander into the nearby gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. She quickly fell in love with gypsy music and way of life; years later she would sing on street corners wi...

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Frank Vignola

Frank Vignola

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar ...

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JACK Quartet

JACK Quartet

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Olli Soikkeli

Olli Soikkeli

Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. Now based in New York City. He started playing guitar at age of 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been Ollis main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. Despite his young age he’s already played with stars such as Bucky ...

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Ron Earle

Ron Earle

Baritone Ron Earl was educated at the University of North Texas in Denton. He studied voice under world-renowned professor and voice teacher, Dr. Arthur Schoep, who directed the university's opera program and taught choral conducting, voice, and diction. Earl also received vocal coaching from Harold Heiberg and currently studies with Brenda Boozer in New York City. He recently appeared with the St...

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Swallow Hill Music

Swallow Hill Music

Swallow Hill Music has been helping people make and enjoy music since 1979. As it celebrates its 33rd year, it is proud to be known as one of the largest non-profit organizations in the United States to serve as a source for roots, folk and acoustic music. Swallow Hill Music serves more than 100,000 people through its concert, school and outreach programming. Three concert venues at our facilit...

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Talea Ensemble

Talea Ensemble

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Vinny Raniolo

Vinny Raniolo

Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has taken him to 14 countries on three continents (and still growing), and he has performed in some of the world's most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York's Lincoln...

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