BELLANOTA STRINGS & OUR MUSICIANS
BellaNota Strings is a professional ensemble of Weddings & Events Musicians who’s been based in Atlanta since 2017. We have been building the diverse repertoire of songs to perform, developing our own unique & beautiful sound. We can provide you with all the support you need to make your event unique and special. We are one of the most popular event ensembles in Atlanta. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly with any questions, special requests, or for more information about us, our performance experience, and musical services.
Rosie Riquelme, Director of Orchestras at Collins Hill High School, received her Bachelors of Music Education degree from Georgia College and State University where she was a student of Dr. Daniel Kaplunas.
As a violinist, she has performed with various groups including the Omaggio String Quartet, GCSU String Ensemble, GCSU String Quartet, Georgia All-College Orchestra, Agnes Scott Community Orchestra, Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Gwinnett County Chamber Orchestra, and the Da Salo Solisti Chamber Orchestra.
While attending GCSU, she was concert master for five terms. Rosie has had the honor or performing with various performing artists including Josh Groban, Michael Buble, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Ashanti Floyd otherwise known as “The Mad Violinist”.
Rosie also teaches private violin lessons at the Lawrenceville Suwanee School of Music.
Rosie Riquelme - Violin
Colin comes from a musical family in which his mother played harp and piano, and his sister played flute and cello, and his wife plays flute and piano.
He is an alumni of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. There his formal music education included Violin under the tutelage of Serban Rusu and Davis Law, Viola Performance with Susan Bates & Melissa McBride, Composition, and Conducting, where he received training under the baton of Suzanne Suwanda, Herbert Blomstedt of the San Francisco Symphony and Seiji Ozawa. Colin has performed with the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra, Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Youth Symphony, Stanford Summer Symphony, California Summer Symphony, and the El Camino Youth Symphony, where he won Concerto Competitions performing the Bruch 2nd Violin Concerto and the Walton Viola Concerto. Colin has also performed as a guest violinist for the San Francisco Symphony and the University of Texas Symphony in San Antonio. Before joining the Georgia Philharmonic, Colin was also the General Manager for the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra.
Colin Ogg - Violin
Christopher Williams is a violist specializing in the performance of new and innovative music. His debut solo album, Viola Voltage (2018), features electroacoustic works for solo viola and various electronic medias. He has performed with orchestras in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, and Alabama. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia in 2018. He also earned his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from UGA in 2014. He was awarded Director’s Excellence Award from UGA in 2016 for his performances in numerous graduate chamber ensembles. He studied viola performance with Maggie Snyder, Idalynn Besser, Seanad Chang, Scott Rawls, Erika Eckert, and Rebecca Bull. Christopher is an active violin, viola, and cello teacher for the UGA Community Music School and also hosts sectionals and master classes throughout various student orchestras in Georgia.
Christopher Williams - Viola
A native of Atlanta, Harrison’s interest in orchestral playing began when he joined the Buckhead Youth Orchestra. Two years later he had the privilege of becoming a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Jere Flint. Harrison began his undergraduate career at Columbus State University, studying under Andres Dias and Troy Stewart. He finished his undergraduate education at Georgia State University where he studied under Martha Gerschefski and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance. Harrison recently received a Masters in Music Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied under renowned cellist Anne Martindale-Williams. He now studies with various members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, including Joel Dallow, Brad Ritchie, and Christopher Rex. Harrison has had many opportunities to travel and perform overseas, including China, France, Italy, as well as for Prince Albert II in Monaco. Harrison Cook regularly performs with local orchestras around the Atlanta community. He also plays with various trios and quartets at private parties, weddings, and corporate functions. When not playing as a freelance musician, he is busy teaching privately. Harrison has a home studio in Kennesaw, GA, and at Simpson Middle School.