Madeline is a violist and educator based in Seattle, Washington. She is studying the Master's degree in Viola Performance at the University of Washington where she is an instructor for chamber music, baroque ensemble, and the viola studio. Previously based at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she earned degrees in both Viola Performance and Music Education, and played with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Camerata, and many other local groups. Madeline teaches string players of all ages, and freelances in the Seattle area. As a teacher, Madeline helps her students create a methodical style of practice that will help them teach themselves. She has learned from her own experience that quality practice and discipline are crucial to learning and mastering an instrument. She inspires her students to practice and play expressively, channeling their real feelings and experiences into musical expression.
Alexandra starts to learn violin since the age of 6 from the professor Peiwen Yuan who teaches Shanghai Conservatory (The professor who were the guide for Issac Stern in the Oscar documentary ‘ From Mao to Mozart’). During her study in University of Miami, she participated in the chamber orchestra of University of Miami and performed with Miami Symphony Orchestra. After graduated from the university, Alexandra participated the Shanghai City Orchestra directed by Peng Cao. Alexandra has been teaching violin for all ages and levels more than 25 years, She believes that "Being part of the music would carry you fly high above the darkness of the life, you may find the extraordinary beauty and harmony through playing with others". Alexandra served a core faculty in West International School in Shanghai (a private school) for more than 8 years. Alexandra is the founder of the string quartet of Shanghai University of Engineering Science, also serves as a instructor in the Shanghai University Symphonic Orchestra. Besides helping most of her students successfully pass the Shanghai Conservatory Music Exams .Alexandra is specialized in teaching in Suzuki method, and believes children will learn better through cooperative play with others.
Chris has been playing the cello since the year 2000 when a 2nd -grade classmate’s show-and-tell cello performance piqued his interest. In the years since then, music has taken Chris across the country (and occasionally out of it). He earned degrees at Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Miami, and the University of Michigan. From 2010-2014, he was a Miami Stamps Scholar and was the first cellist of the Stamps String Quartet. While chamber music is his favorite, Chris also enjoys playing in orchestras. He has been a member of the Idaho Falls Symphony and the Miami Symphony, in addition to his schools’ orchestras. Currently, Chris studies with Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir at the University of Washington in Seattle. He plays a Christopher Dungey cello on generous loan from the Wong/Engel Cello Library.
Joanna is a performer and educator whose musical journey has taken her across the country and abroad. Joanna received her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. After then she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating with a Master of Music in Violin Performance with distinction.
In addition to her duties as a violin instructor, Joanna enjoys a solo career that includes performances with other ensembles. Joanna has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the US and UK, including an appearance as soloist with the Goodensemble Orchestra as well as Southbank Sinfonia under the baton of world-class conductor Edward Gardner.
Irina has been professional chamber musician and violinist for most of her life. She has committed her life to music performance and teaching.
“The true mission of the violin is to imitate the accents of the human voice, a noble mission that has earned for the violin the glory of being called the king of instruments” (Charles-Auguste de Beriot).
One cannot deny the power of music. Students who study music have higher grade point averages that those who don't. These students also develop faster physically. Student listening skills are also improved through music education."
Irina received her music training from the Academy of Music (formerly known as Conservatory of Music G. Muzicescu), and got her Master’s of music in violin performance from the P.I. Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Crimea. She maintained her own private string studio in Moldova. During her stay in Chisinau, Moldova, she was a concertmaster, 1st violin, for National Symphony Orchestra and a music director for The National Theater of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova. She has traveled in Europe with her performances.