Carla Kountoupes is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Oberlin College (Violin Performance/English Literature). Currently, she is a member of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and the Piazzolla da Camera Piano Trio. An active freelance musician, she has toured and performed in orchestras and chamber ensembles in Central America, Taiwan, Germany, and all over the United States. She has previously been a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician she frequently performs with the UP Quartet as part of the Chatter chamber music series in Albuquerque, NM. She just recorded a CD for Centaur Records with the Piazolla da Camera Piano Trio in July 2016 (due for release in 2017), and will be touring nationally this year. Carla also enjoys performing and recording Latin, alt-rock, and jazz.
A dedicated music educator, Carla holds a Master of Music degree in Music Teaching. She has taught private violin lessons to children and adults for more than twenty years and directs a thriving orchestra program in the Santa Fe Public Schools. In the summers she teaches and performs at the renowned Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska.