Founded in the summer of 2007, Louisville, Kentucky-based Bourbon Baroque specializes in the historically informed performance of 17th and 18th-century music inspired by the art and culture of the royal House of Bourbon. Led by harpsichordist John Austin Clark and violinist Alice Culin-Ellison, the ensemble varies in size based on a given program performing chamber music to full operatic spectacles throughout the year in a variety of venues. Bourbon Baroque holds collaboration as its mission through music.
John Austin Clark, keyboards
Louisville native and Director of Music, John Austin Clark cofounded Bourbon Baroque in the summer of 2007 with the late violinist Nicolas Fortin. Mr. Clark operates a private piano studio, is an active accompanist and vocal coach, directs musical theatre and opera, and performs regularly with various ensembles and equity theatre houses such as Actors Theatre of Louisville and Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida. He is the recipient of the 2017 Young Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater Louisville Collegiate School in Louisville, Kentucky and a recipient of a Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts Toyota Alumni Grant that he used to apprentice with harpsichord builder Yves Beaupré of Montréal, QC in August 2017. He performs on a variety of keyboard instruments and owns a 2017 Beaupré Italian harpsichord. He can be heard on the Naxos/Centaur label.
M.Mus. McGill University
B.Mus. Oberlin Conservatory
Alice Culin-Ellison, violin
Alice Culin-Ellison, violinist and co-Artistic Director of Bourbon Baroque, is a versatile historical performer with training in over 400 years of repertoire. As concertmaster, Alice has led productions of Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Purcell’s King Arthur, and soloed with various ensembles. Other professional engagements include the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Chatham Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, and Les Délices. Also passionate about education and scholarship, her current research focuses on 19th-century American chamber music and she has lectured and given masterclasses on Historical Performance. Alice recently co-founded Incantare | An Ensemble of Violins and Sackbuts, specializing in lesser-known repertoire from the late 16th to 17th centuries.
D.M.A. Case Western Reserve University
M. Mus. Indiana University
B. Mus. University of Michigan