The Kadima String Quartet… a short history.
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 which have included, “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 can also heard in movies 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, the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, and Cleveland High School. 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, Pasadena City College, Cleveland High School, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, Kittridge Elementary School, Millikan Middle School, Daniel Pearl Magnet, Pierce College, 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. The quartet has recently received grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the California Arts Council Artists in Residence, and the Music Man Foundation.
Mishkar Nuñez-Fredell, violin
Brian Benning, violin
Beth Elliott, viola
Cathy Biagini, cello