The Riso Quartet is a group of classically trained musicians, appearing under the guises of piano quartet, string trio, string duo, and any other imaginable combination. The four musicians are graduates of the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music at The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts and met in 2011. All four members became fast friends, and upon finishing school with many performances under their belts, decided to create music together for the long haul.
Megan Buschkopf, Violin
Megan Buschkopf began her violin studies at the String Academy of Wisconsin as a student of Susan Dominguez and Elizabeth Pabon. She continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, earning a Bachelor’s degree in 2009 in Violin Performance under the guidance of Dr. Myron Kartman and Dr. Bernard Zinck. Megan recently graduated with Master’s degrees in String Pedagogy and Chamber Music Performance. During her time as a graduate student, she performed extensively as a member of the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music, receiving coaching and instruction from the faculty of the Peck School of the Arts. During this time, Ms. Buschkopf was also given the opportunity to work with the esteemed Arianna String Quartet. Megan currently serves as a faculty member of the String Academy of Wisconsin, Waukesha String Academié, and Wisconsin String Studio.
RACHAEL CHARLES, VIOLA
Rachael Charles began her studies on the viola at age 9 in her hometown of St. Charles, MO. She received her Bachelor of Music in viola performance at the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 2011, and her Master of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. Her previous teachers include Lewis Rosove, Joanna Mendoza, and Robert Meyer. While at UW-Milwaukee Rachael served as a member of the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music and also soloed with the UW-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Rachael is currently the principal violist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and teaches private violin and viola lessons.
ALICIA STORIN, CELLO
Alicia Storin began playing cello at the age of 10 with the public school music program in her hometown of Mequon, WI, and continued her studies through high school with Greg Mathews of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Alicia earned a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and her Master’s of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007, where she studied with Stephen Geber. Upon her return to Milwaukee, Alicia served as cellist in the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music at UW - Milwaukee, where she graduated with a performance certificate under Stefan Kartman in 2013.
As a founding member of local ensemble Cadance Collective, Alicia works with musicians and dancers to create collaborative performance pieces using innovative musical scores and original choreography. She has also performed at both the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and American Players Theatre as the cellist/Muse in 'An Iliad' opposite Wisconsin favorite, actor James DeVita. Alicia teaches as part of the faculty at both the Waukesha String Academie and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.
JOHANNA SCHILLING, PIANO
A Wisconsin native, Johanna Schilling graduated with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Houghton College in western New York in 2010. She received her Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012, where she studied with Judit Jaimes and Elena Abend. Since graduation, Johanna has worked as a company accompanist for the Milwaukee Ballet, piano faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and currently as an Associate Lecturer in Piano at UWM. She is also the accompanist for the Lakeshore Chorale in Sheboygan and teaches piano privately and at St. Robert School in Shorewood. When not teaching, practicing, rehearsing, or performing music, she enjoys the outdoors, preferably on her motorcycle.