Classical violinist gone rogue, Samantha Bounkeua aka RogueViolin, is a queer experimental musician, composer and producer specializing in non-traditional violin performance. A graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she's performed internationally as a guest artist with the Southern Arizona Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Britten-Pears New Music Festival, Festival de Opera San Luis, the Rogue Theatre and more. She also appears regularly with Tucson, Arizona music projects including Two-Door Hatchback, Sapphocracy & ChamberLab. In Fall 2019, Samantha was awarded a stART mini-grant from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona to complete an album about queer subculture, and has been commissioned to write music for the Binational Encuentro (an event about the female migratory experience), ChamberLab, LuftBassoon, Hawkins Dance Company and more. In 2020, Samantha was the 2nd place finalist in the competitive University of Arizona FORGE Accelerator, the recipient of the Arts Foundation Pivot Grant and accepted a fellowship position with StartUp Tucson's Women in Technology program.
- Julie Jennings Patterson, Tucson Sentinel