Artistic Directors

John Austin Clark

John Austin Clark

Artistic Director

Louisville, Kentucky native John Austin Clark serves as co-founding Artistic Director for Bourbon Baroque: Louisville’s Period Instrument Ensemble. He received his collegiate training at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M.) in music education and at McGill University (M.M.) in harpsichord performance.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities with Bourbon Baroque, Mr. Clark operates a private piano studio, is an active accompanist and vocal coach, directs musical theatre, and performs regularly throughout the surrounding region including appearances with Catacoustic Consort of Cincinnati, Ohio and Lexington Philharmonic of Lexington, Kentucky as well as adjudicating for regional musical competitions including the KMEA Choral Festival ratings and the Kentucky Bach vocal competition.

He is a member of Early Music America, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the Kentucky Arts Council Partnership, and the Arts and Cultural Attractions Council of Louisville, Kentucky.

Nicolas Fortin

Nicolas Fortin

Artistic Director

A native of Alma, Québec, violinist Nicolas Fortin serves as co-founding Artistic Director of Bourbon Baroque: Louisville’s Period Instrument Ensemble. Mr. Fortin was introduced to the Historical Performance practice while under the great tutelage of Chantal Rémillard eventually completing his Masters in Music at McGill University.

Since 2003, Nicolas has collaborated with Susie Napper, famed cellist and gambist, with the Festival Montréal Baroque, which takes place each June in Old Montreal and features the best international Early Music performers over four days. He has collaborated with respected musicians and ensembles such as Wieland Kuijken, Hervé Niquet, Daniel Cuiller and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.

Nicolas can also be heard on ATMA Classique label. Mr. Fortin teaches French at Indiana University Southeast and the University of Louisville in addition to maintaining an active violin studio.

He is a member of Early Music America, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the Kentucky Arts Council Partnership, and the Arts and Cultural Attractions Council of Louisville, Kentucky.

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