Innovation and Impact: Past Participants

Riley Calcagno


Originally from Seattle, WA, Riley Calcagno has been playing both classical and roots music on the violin from an early age. Now at home as well on banjo, guitar, mandolin, and vocals, he performs with The Onlies (winners of the 2017 Appalachian Stringband Festival), and in a duo with Vivian Leva, whose 2018 album Time Is Everything featuring Riley Calcagno has garnered wide critical praise. Riley has performed and worked closely with Elvis Costello, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Rhiannon Giddens, and Bruce Molsky. He is a current student at Oberlin College and Conservatory, a Comparative American Studies and Musical Studies double major, the latter with David Bowlin and Jamey Haddad. Find out more about  Vivian & Riley on their website and Facebook page.

Participant biographies were submitted at the time of the project and may contain information that is no longer current.