Gary Schulte is a violinist and performance composer to whom Stephane Grappelli gave his most sincere blessing. A veteran of A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, he has done everything from classical improvisation with harpsichord master Layton James to the avante garde with David Byrne, and extensive collaborative work with groups such as Ancestor Energy poetry-jazz with Louis Alemayehu, Ballet of the Dolls, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Sought after as a jazz violinist, he has gigged with some of the greatest artists of the Gypsy Jazz genre, including guitarist legend Dorado Schmitt. He is also known for his work in the Black Gospel tradition, and for his unaccompanied solo violin performances in which he takes a story or image and creates a spontaneous composition in front of a live audience. Of his recent performances with Klezmerica, Ed Huyck of CITY PAGES wrote: “Special mention goes to violinist Gary Schulte, whose playing threatened to raise the roof right off Park Square.” A performance graduate of Indiana University School of Music, he studied with Paganini master Rugierro Ricci, and Josef Gingold.