San Francisco-based Duo Bohème is a flute/guitar duo featuring flutist Courtney Wise and guitarist Lyle Sheffler. Sheffler, a New York native and Wise, a bay area native, met in 2010 at the San Francisco Conservatory where they both were pursuing Masters Degrees. After numerous acclaimed solo performances around San Francisco and the Bay Area, they decided to continue their successful concertizing together post graduation.
The impetus of Duo Bohème is the idea of modern Bohemianism through artistic collaboration and innovative and diverse performances. Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle in the company of like-minded creative people involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians are creative adventurers. As concert artists, Duo Bohème bring together music from around the globe in exciting and eclectic performances. They seek to embody the free spirit and adventurous ideals of bohemianism in their musical selections written by composers from around the globe as well as through unique, culturally-informed performances
After two successful concert tours and many performances around the bay area, Duo Bohème recorded their concert favorites for their first album, Senza Misura, which was released in November of 2014. Senza Misura consists of a wide variety of captivating repertoire leaving behind the classical norm and displays an extremely diverse array of styles. This innovative album features works by Ravel, Faure, Giuliani, Shankar, Tedesco, Ibert, and Borne/Bizet, from Latin to Hindustani to operatic to romantic. Senza Misura is now on iTunes and other online distribution sites including Amazon and CDBaby. The album has received glowing acclaim as Courtney and Lyle continue to concertize.
In July of 2015 Duo Bohème premiered Rasputin, a work written for the duo by Nashville-based composer Grant Ferris. The work, inspired by the mysterious death of Russian healer Grigory Rasputin as well as the Russian reputation for espionage, encapsulates the bohemian gypsy vibe of Duo Bohème and has become a fan favorite at live performances.
guitarist Lyle Sheffler
International guitar soloist Lyle Sheffler began playing classical guitar at the age of seven and made his first public appearance at the age of eight. Acclaimed for his artistry, warm tone, and captivating programs, he has played at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Freight & Salvage Stadium, the Tilles Center, and the Hanoi Opera House, as well as numerous other concert halls around the globe. In addition to solo recitals, Lyle has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras with Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un Gentilhombre” and Antonio Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D Major.
In the fall of 2012, Lyle was invited to tour the Middle East and Asia with Celebrity Cruises as a solo classical guitarist. He was also selected to participate in the prestigious Ile de Ré International Guitar Festival in France, led by guitar virtuoso Philippe Villa in 2010. While in France, Lyle was hand picked to perform in a solo concert held open to the public, as well as to play first guitar in several different chamber ensembles. During the summer of 2009, Lyle was awarded the opportunity to participate in both the Iserlohn Classical Guitar Festival in Germany and the Polish Guitar Academy in Poznan, Poland. There, he performed both in ensembles and as a soloist. He has participated in master classes with many world-renowned artists including Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, and many others.
Lyle earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied under the tutelage of acclaimed guitar pedagogue Ray Chester. Lyle received his Masters of Music degree in classical guitar from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Guitar Foundation of America competition winner and Naxos recording artist Marc Teicholz and department chair David Tanenbaum. As a performer, Lyle has become an integral part of the San Francisco music community, both as a soloist and as member of the Duo Bohème with flutist Courtney Wise. He also maintains a thriving teaching studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides classical guitar, Lyle is proficient on double bass, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, and lute. He looks forward to a future of sharing his love for the guitar with his audiences and students, alike.
To learn more about Lyle Sheffler, visit www.lylesheffler.com
flautist Courtney Wise
Courtney Wise is a Peninsula-based San Francisco Bay Area freelance flute player and teacher. She holds a Bachelors of Music from the University Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music where she studied with Gary Woodward of the LA Opera, and a Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Tim Day of the San Francisco Symphony. She has performed in the master classes of Susan Milan, Jim Walker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Joshua Smith, and Jonathan Keeble. Courtney has studied traditional classical music as well as contemporary music, Latin music, and jazz. A proponent of contemporary works, she has participated in many premieres of new works, including that of After the Flood, a piece written for her by composer Noah Luna in 2009. She is a co-founding member of the flute and guitar duo, Duo Bohème with Guitarist Lyle Sheffler.
Courtney enjoys an active and varied performance schedule as a member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. In addition to performing, Courtney enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for music with her students. Her greatest pleasure is to watch her students progress. Her goal is to instill in her students a lifelong interest in music, encourage and support their learning, and provide them with performance opportunities so that they may shine. Courtney is currently a member of the woodwind faculty at St. Cecilia School in San Francisco, and a private instructor at Inspire Music School in San Francisco and Scherzo Music Studio in San Mateo. She strongly believes that music has the power to build kids' confidence, cultivate their self- discipline, give them a unique means of expression, and help them find their place in the world.
To learn more about Courtney Wise, visit www.courtneywise.com