Stephanie Vial, cellist, is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a sought-after lecturer, soloist, and continuo player. Co-director and principal cellist of the Vivaldi Project, she has also performed with such groups as the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Apollo Ensemble, Les Violons du Roy, and the modern period chamber ensemble, Arcovoce. As a Baroque cellist, she has recorded for Dorian, Naxos, Centaur Records, and Hungaroton. Fanfare Magazine, in a review of the Naxos recording of Quantz flute sonatas, gives “a particular bow to Stephanie Vial, who manages to make each cello intervention a delight to the ear.”
Ms. Vial received her training on the modern cello at Northwestern University, followed by a Master’s Degree at Indiana University. Her D.M.A. dissertation was awarded Cornell’s Donald J. Grout Memorial Prize, and led to her publishing the book The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical “Period”. Malcolm Bilson praises her book as “inspired scholarship” and “essential reading.”
Recent academic lectures include appearances at the Performing Romantic Music conference in Durham, England in July of 2008, for which she received a Music and Letters Trust award, and at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Philadelphia. Ms. Vial makes her home in Durham, North Carolina.