Krisztina Kiss is a Hungarian violist and violinist who earned her Master’s degree studying at the Liszt Academy of Music and the University of Debrecen in Hungary. She recently relocated to New York City to continue with postgraduate studies at the prestigious New School for Music under the guidance of Cynthia Phelps, Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic. She has 9 years of professional experience performing with various orchestras, quartets, trios, and cabaret acts all over the world. Her background includes several years performing with the Debrecen Filharmonic Orchestra in Hungary, as well as freelancing around Europe with some of London’s top-rated string quartets for private events including Niche: The London String Quartet and Graffiti Classics). This past year, she had the honor of performing at Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as Queen Elizabeth Hall in London for Samuel L. Jackson’s “One For the Boys” Charity Ball.
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Kate Barmotina, P.S. 124
Violist Kate Barmotina has a degree in Music Education from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is a passionate devotee of new and experimental music as well as a longtime fan of Beethoven.
Gizem Yucel, Castle Bridge School
Gizem Yucel is a versatile concert violist equally at home in many genres, from jazz, rock, and experimental to classical. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in viola performance from Hacettepe University State Conservatory and Bilkent University in her hometown of Ankara, Turkey. Gizem teaches violin, viola and piano.
Tia Allen, United Palace of Cultural Arts
Tia Allen has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Metropolitan Museum, Royal Opera House of Muscat, and the Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo. She has also performed as a member of the Dayton Philharmonic as part of the diversity fellowship program. As an educator, she teaches with the Harmony Program and has held an educational quartet residency at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with Quatuor Mahogany.
Andrea Kleesattel currently lives in New York City, where she freelances and teaches private and group cello lessons. She is a former member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. She holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a registered Suzuki teacher. She is currently on faculty at the Lucy Moses School, the Suzuki Music School of Westport, Opportunity Music Project, and is a faculty mentor with the Harmony Program.