Anthony (Rustico) Rissesco

Fiddle/Violin, Vocals

Anthony is a versatile violin player and teacher, experienced in all styles of playing from classical violin to traditional fiddle and often plays with Merimac as a 5th member or when requested for various functions & events.

He tours regularly with singer Lennie Gallant and is also a member of the Halifax band The Gig Dogs. As a music student at Dalhousie University, Anthony studied classical violin under Phillippe Djokic. He has won fiddle competitions throughout Canada, including the Maritime Fiddle Championship. In 1990, he came third in the prestigious Canadian Open in Shelburne Ontario, and he was chosen to represent Nova Scotia at the Grand Masters Competition in Ottawa for six consecutive years.

Anthony has played with Symphony Nova Scotia, Bruce Guthro, Cyril MacPhee, Anne Murray, and Peggy Seeger.  Has been “on call” as a 5th member with Merimac since 2006!

Check out a sample of his playing here: