ATLYS is a classically trained, crossover string quartet comprised of four unique women. Lauded for their passionate and dynamic performances and signature sound, they create concert experiences that are both mesmerizing and interactive. Equipped with the power of stringed instruments, ATLYS is both an ambassador for Shar Music, as part of their Young Strings of America roster, as well as an ambassador for Swiss audio teach company, Schertler, whose microphones allow ATLYS to harness the dynamism of the 21st century. Curating programs that are both diverse and intriguing, an ATLYS performance is more than an experience--it is a conversation between artist and audience. With over 1000 performances under their belt, they have inspired listeners across the globe. During these socially distant times, ATLYS has revolutionized their paradigm, perfecting the art of remote recording, launching a YouTube tutorial series to inspire young musicians, and publishing their unique arrangements. Crossing borders with incessant passion, ATLYS is always searching for new spaces, and distinctive methods, to captivate and inspire an ever-growing audience, live and virtual.
Jinty McTavish began her violin studies at the age of four in her small town of Lafayette, Indiana after emigrating with her family from her hometown, Winnipeg, Manitoba. When she was 10, Jinty had her solo debut with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. She performed with them a second time at age 16 after winning the local concerto competition. The same year, she began traveling to Bloomington, IN to study with Mauricio Fuks and his principal assistant, Minjung Cho. Jinty continued on to study under Fuks’ tutelage and become one of his teaching assistants at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance in 2014. During her time at Indiana University, she also studied with Sibbi Bernhardsson and Mark Kaplan and was an active member in the chamber music program, receiving numerous coachings from the Pacifica Quartet.
Following her graduation, Jinty moved to Chicago, Illinois to study with Almita Vamos and serve as her teaching assistant. Prior to winning the audition with ATLYS for Lincoln Center Stage, Jinty played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and was able to collaborate and learn from members of the Chicago Symphony, Riccardo Muti, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Nowadays, Jinty is known for her passionate performances, fiery improvisations, and Paul Buckmaster-inspired string arrangements. When she’s not performing with ATLYS, you can find her teaching her students in Chicago, working on her solo Instagram project, @jintshred, or searching for her new favorite brewery.
Violinist Sabrina Tabby, from Philadelphia, developed a fondness for chamber music at a very young age, playing regularly with her twin sister. In high school, they were featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” radio series and television show at Carnegie Hall. At Bard College Conservatory of Music, Sabrina performed across four continents, as concertmaster of and soloist with the Conservatory Orchestra, in chamber groups, as well as in various baroque and new music ensembles. In addition to her degree in performance, Sabrina also received a Bachelor’s degree in French Studies. She continued throughout her Master’s Degree from Northwestern University to be recognized for her fine playing as a soloist and chamber musician. A founding member (2010) of the NYC-based new music ensemble, Contemporaneous, she is prominently featured on Innova Recordings album “Stream of Stars: Music of Dylan Mattingly.” Sabrina continues to travel the world actively seeking to play music of all styles, often with her husband, conductor and violist Ernesto Estigarribia. She made her solo debut in Paraguay in July of 2018 with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Congreso Nacional de Paraguay, the same year she joined the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s violin section. When not performing, practicing, or teaching, Sabrina’s favorite activity is concocting (and devouring) delicious plant-based creations in the kitchen.
Philadelphia native Genevieve Tabby, first picked up the cello after being inspired by her twin sister’s violin lessons at the age of eight. Since then, she continues to perform alongside her sister in performance and events. She was a repeated performer on NPR's "From the Top" series and television show at Carnegie Hall, and a repeated semifinalist in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
Ms. Tabby completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Stephen Geber and Dr. Melissa Kraut and took part in the Cavani String Quartet's prestigious Intensive Quartet Seminar (IQS). She also attained a full certification in Suzuki Pedagogy after finishing a 2 year rigorous program where now she is certified to teach all 10 levels of the Suzuki cello books. She received her Master's degree in cello performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where she studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen, a world-renowned pedagogue that shaped her to be the musician she is today. During her second year of the program she won the Northwestern-Civic Fellowship and participated as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from September 2014 through June 2016.
Summer festivals Ms. Tabby has participated in include Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West, Meadowmount School of Music, and Bowdoin Music Festival. One of her recent highlights includes winning the Zarin Mehta fellowship with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, where she was contracted a week of concerts with the orchestra, as well as having private lessons, meetings, and mock auditions with the the principal cellist and other Philharmonic musicians. She even got to meet Alec Baldwin, world-famous actor and board member of the New York Philharmonic.
In addition to her work with crossover ATLYS, Genevieve freelances around the Chicagoland area and teaches for many music institutions, including the well established Ravinia Festival’s El Sistema program.
Rita Andrade, a native of Austin, Texas, is currently living as an active orchestral and studio violist in Los Angeles. Raised in a family that values their Latin heritage and music, she was always a musically curious child and immediately drawn to the viola upon first hearing it. Pursuing an arts education at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, Rita continued studying viola performance for her bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Texas Butler School of Music and finished her masters at DePaul University.
In the years following her masters degree, Rita was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, with an assistant principal position for the 2014 - 2015 season. Rita was also a fellowship member of the Chicago Sinfonietta and Grant Park Symphony Project Inclusion programs geared toward promoting diversity in the world of classical music. Some of her most memorable and influential musical experiences were at summer festivals such as the String Academy in Cambridge UK, Encore Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, and Interlochen Arts Academy.
As the original violist of the Austin-based chamber rock band Mother Falcon, and with experience playing with various bands, Rita loves performing many styles of music. Outside of teaching and performing, you can find Rita on her yoga mat, strolling through farmer’s markets or wandering around with her camera to practice her hobby and love for street photography.