Carla Kountoupes, violinist, is a member of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Piazzolla da Camera Piano Trio. Carla has toured and performed professionally with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Central America, Taiwan, Germany and all over the United States, including as a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco and the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys performing and recording many genres in addition to classical, including Latin/world, alt-rock/pop and jazz.
A dedicated music educator, Carla holds a Master of Music degree in Music Teaching. She has taught private violin lessons to children and adults for more than 25 years and is currently on the faculty at the New Mexico School for the Arts. In 2016, Carla was awarded Music Teacher of the Year by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) of New Mexico, and she received the Santa Fe Public Schools’ 2017 Teachers Who Inspire Award. She is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory (violin performance) and Oberlin College (English literature).
Carla’s violin was made in the 1740s and was inherited from her grandfather.
(Photo by Marghreta Cordero aka Nacha Mendez)