|Kadima String Quartet
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA
Web site: http://www.kadimaconservatory.com
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The Kadima String Quartet’s repertoire is notable for its diversity with a palette ranging from Mozart to Led Zeppelin. New works by several contemporary composers have been commissioned specifically for the Quartet including a commission by 20th Century Fox. They are featured performers in a variety of chamber music series throughout the greater Los Angeles area including, “Music at the Mansion” in Beverly Hills, the Concerts at One, the Kadima Conservatory Concert Music Series, La Galería Gitana Chamber Concert Series and Vaughn Next Century Learning Center. They are also heard in DVD’s and films, including “The Hebrew Hammer” and most recently recorded the sound track to newly released movie, “For a Good Time Call.”
The Kadima String Quartet currently sits in residence at the Kadima Conservatory of Music, and the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center. The Quartet places an emphasis on their pedagogical role as well as their role as professional musicians structuring their work around the motto “You play, and you pass it on”.
As educators, they are actively involved in music education and developing outreach programs in the Southern California area, specifically in partnership with the Kadima Conservatory of Music, Cal Poly Pomona, Los Angeles Mission College, Glendale City College, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, Kittridge Elementary School, Millikan Middle School, Daniel Pearl Magnet, Pierce College, Laurence School, and the City of San Fernando. The ensemble members teach privately, coach chamber groups and the string sections of Kadima Conservatory training orchestras, head a student mentoring program, and arrange master classes and performance opportunities for Kadima Conservatory students. The Kadima Conservatory has three symphonic programs and conducts a yearly Summer Music Seminar with students of all ages in attendance. Their concert series offers ten community concerts a year which are provided free of charge to students and community members. In addition, they perform many children’s concerts annually and have been a recipient of the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Outreach Concert Award in 2001 and 2003. The quartet has recently received grants from the DCA, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the California Arts Council, artists in residence.