Born in Portugal, clarinetist Nuno Antunes performs extensively with a variety of ensembles in and around New York City. Nuno is currently a member of Sylvan Winds, IRIS Orchestra and Principal Clarinetist with Opera Saratoga. He is a frequent collaborator with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s, American American Ballet Theatre, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the America Symphony Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic and New York City Opera. He played clarinet and bass clarinet for the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, and has been a substitute clarinetist for the productions of My Fair Lady, The King and I, Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd. Nuno has appeared as a soloist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, performing Strauss’s Duett Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra. Other solo performances include Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra and Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes. He has performed as a guest artist with various chamber music groups, including the Parker Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players and the Jasper String Quartet . Nuno holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra.
As a bassoonist, Gina Cuffari performs with many orchestras and chamber ensembles in the New York City area. Gina became a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2018 as Co-Principal Bassoonist. She is also a member of the Lincoln Center-based Riverside Symphony, and performs with the Westchester Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Ballet Theater, Stamford Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and American Symphony Orchestra. She has subbed on Broadway productions which include Fiddler on the Roof, Sunset Boulevard, and My Fair Lady. Gina is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and Sylvan Winds. She has appeared with the renown west coast-based ensemble Camerata Pacifica, and is a recent addition to the artist roster of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players. Gina is also a champion of new music, and is a frequent collaborator with Alarm Will Sound. A passionate educator, Gina is an Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at New York University and Western Connecticut State University. Gina is also a versatile singer who enjoys performing in many different styles. From classical to musical theater to jazz/pop/r&b, she loves it all, and has professional experience performing in all genres. In a New York Times review of the Jupiter Chamber Players, Allan Kozinn said, “Gina Cuffari, a soprano (though she is usually the group’s bassoonist), sang them (set of Toscanini songs) with the right balance of gracefulness and passion.” Gina’s current passion project is commissioning composers to write pieces that integrate both voice and bassoon into the same work.
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Vlada Yaneva moved to New York in 2011 and earned her degrees at the Manhattan School of music. She is the co-founder and piano duo partner of the Masterwork Conversations project where alongside husband Matthew Harrison she presents interactive storytelling concerts. Her solo and chamber music concerts have been heard by audiences in Italy, France, Finland, Bulgaria, Greece, England and the United States. In NYC she has performed at Weill recital at Carnegie hall, Steinway hall, Yamaha hall, Trinity Church, Scandinavian House, St.John the Divine, Barge museum, Bulgarian Consulate and many more.
Mrs. Yaneva cherishes the opportunity to share her passion for music through teaching. In 2007 she became a team leader of the first Children’s Music Social Project at the New York Cares organization working with kids in transitional shelters for two years. Later in 2011 she joined the New Victory Theater Teaching Artist Ensemble where she currently works with students from New York public schools, as well as researches the intrinsic impact of arts in education. She also holds her teaching studio in the city for the last seventeen years.
For fun Vlada enjoys performing with the Bulgarian folk dance group “Bosilek”, composing music for puppetry theater, hiking, reading and cooking. She lives in Washington heights, NYC with her husband Matthew and their daughter Yana.