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
Director of Music and keyboardist John Austin Clark serves as founding Producing Artistic Director for Bourbon Baroque. Mr. Clark operates a private piano studio (#musicbox1532), is an active accompanist, recitalist, vocal coach, and directs/produces musical theatre and opera including work with Louisville Ballet (Louisville, Kentucky), Kentucky Opera (Louisville, Kentucky), CenterStage (Louisville, Kentucky), Music Theater of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky), Pandora Productions (Louisville, Kentucky), and Gulfshore Playhouse (Naples, Florida). He enjoys the musical rendezvous of the Baroque and Broadway and finds great influence between the two genres. He plays on a 2017 Italian harpsichord by Yves Beaupré.
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