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Kate Barmotina,

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.

Julia Danitz,

Violinist Julia Danitz is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a Master’s degree under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki and Li Lin. Prior to her graduate studies; she completed a Bachelor’s degree at Columbia University, where she was enrolled in the rigorous dual degree Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. She has been a fellow at many prestigious summer music festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. She has collaborated with a number of iconic musicians, including most recently Yo-Yo Ma with the Silk Road Ensemble. When not performing, Julia is a devoted teacher, maintaining a full studio of private violin students. Her students have gone on to be accepted to notable pre-college programs such as Juilliard Pre-College and Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, as well as Youth Symphony programs, such as the New Jersey Youth Symphony and New York Youth Symphony.

Marija Kovacevic,

Born in Serbia, Marija began playing violin when she was seven years old. From the age of 10 she started training, under the tutelage of Georgy Zazrovic, at The School for Musically Gifted Children in Cuprija, one of three institutes in Europe exclusively devoted to the teaching of stringed instruments. During these years, and before moving on to university, she traveled throughout Europe, competing and winning multiple summa cum laude musical festival awards for solo and ensemble playing. Marija earned her Master’s degree and graduated in 2010 from the University for Music Arts in Belgrade. Marija has performed in many ensembles with musicians of varying genres (including Willie Colon, Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Marie Christine Katz, Ibo Cooper, Freddy McGregor, Ken Boothe, Hamish Kilgour). Along with exploring and expanding her repertoire, Marija privately teaches violin to students of all skill levels.

Lia Mooney,

A native New Yorker, Lia began her cello studies at the age of nine with Erika Pickhart (principal cellist in the Albany Orchestra), acquiring numerous accolades, before continuing her studies at The Boston Conservatory of Music, mentored by Andrew Mark (Boston Pops), and Terry King. Lia also studied cello pedagogy with Pamela Devenport at The School for Strings in NYC, and is on the faculty at The Brooklyn College Prep Center for the Performing Arts and Sunnyside Strings.

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