Artistic Leaders

Bach Akademie Charlotte's Artistic Leaders are leaders in their respective fields and internationally-renowned interpreters of Baroque music. They assist the Artistic Director with the overall artistic direction of Bach Akademie Charlotte.

Aisslinn Nosky

Aisslinn Nosky, Artistic LeaderAisslinn Nosky was appointed Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society in 2011. With a reputation for being one of the most dynamic and versatile violinists of her generation, Aisslinn is in great demand internationally as a director, soloist, and concertmaster. From 2016 to 2019, Aisslinn served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. She is currently Guest Artist in Residence with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and an artistic advisor for the Portland Baroque Orchestra. Aisslinn is also a member of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble. For twenty years, this innovative Canadian ensemble presented its own edgy and inventive concert series in Toronto and toured Europe and North America, turning new audiences on to Baroque music. With the Eybler Quartet, Aisslinn explores repertoire from the first century of the string quartet literature on period instruments. From 2005 through 2016, Aisslinn was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. An avid educator, she serves on the faculty of EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Guy Fishman

Guy Fishman, Artistic Leader.jpgGuy Fishman is principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society and is in demand as an early music specialist in north America and Europe. He has performed with Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roi, Seraphic Fire, Arcadia Players, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Querelle des Bouffons, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Museum Trio, Boulder Bach Festival, and El Mundo, among others. In addition to concert appearances, Guy has been presented in recital with Dawn Upshaw, Mark Peskanov, Eliot Fisk, Richard Eggar, Lara St. John, Gil Kalish, Kim Kashkashian, the Eybler Quartet, the Consone Quartet, and Natalie Merchant. His playing has been praised as “plangent” by The Boston Globe, “electrifying” by The New York Times, and “beautiful....noble” by the Boston Herald, and “dazzling” by the Portland Press Herald. The Boston Musical Intelligencer related having “…heard greater depth in [Haydn concerto] than I have in quite some time.” Guy studied with David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Julia Lichten, and Laurence Lesser, with whom he completed Doctoral studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. He now serves on the faculty there. In addition, he is a Fulbright Fellow, having worked with famed Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam, and he has presented masterclasses at conservatories and universities here and abroad. Guy plays a rare cello made in Rome in 1704 by David Tecchler.

Nicolas Haigh

Nicolas Haigh, Artistic LeaderPrize-winning organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh is currently Associate Organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue (NYC). Prior to this, he held positions with the Gramophone Award-winning Choir of New College, Oxford and the choir of York Minster. He was a student at the University of Cambridge, where he held the Sir William McKie organ scholarship at Clare College, working closely with Graham Ross and Timothy Brown. Recent engagements have included performances with American Bach Soloists, TENET vocal artists, and Bach Akademie Charlotte; as well as solo recitals at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; and Westminster Abbey, London. Nicolas is co-founder of the early music consort L'Académie du Roi Soleil and has performed as a Young Artist at the Britten-Pears Festival. He has been privileged to perform on a number of tours to venues in Europe, the Americas, Hong Kong, Australia, and Israel. He appears frequently on radio in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and can be heard on the CDs Veni Emmanuel, Imogen Holst: Choral Works, and A Tudor Christmas. Nicolas’ organ teachers have included Malcolm Archer, Clive Driskill-Smith, and James McVinnie.