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After watching violinists perform on WTTW Channel 11, she bugged her parents enough to let her start taking lessons. Many years later, she finds herself as a founding member of Dolce Strings. She studied at Roosevelt University with Cyrus Forough, mastering a degree in music performance. She has performed with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Choral Society, and many various recording artists. Besides performing with Dolce Strings, she spends her time teaching young violinists the craft. One thing Katie loves to do is perform popular works on string quartet. "There's nothing better than thinking outside of the box. Taking a piece of music people would never think of for string quartet and pulling it off. It really shows you that strings can do much more than the classical label has defined for them."


It was a performance of Berliozʼs Symphonie Fantastique at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall that Violet realized how amazing music truly is. “It is still one of my favorite classical pieces, it expresses the depths of which music can move you.” She earned her Bachelor of Music Education at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and her Master of Music Performance at DePaul University. Her previous performance ensembles include the Rockford Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Illinois Opera Orchestra, Peoria Symphony, the Bailiwick Theater, the Metropolis Performing Arts Center, and the Theater Building Chicago. When not performing with Dolce Strings, Violet loves teaching and is currently an orchestra director in the northern suburbs.


Lili started studying cello in Poland 18 years ago. She received her Masters in Music in cello performance from Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts Music Conservatory in 2004. Over the years, Lili has performed with many ensembles such as The Tomorrow Music Orchestra, Paderewski Symphony, and the Illinois Philharmonic, as well indie rock bands in Chicago. Besides being a member of Dolce Strings, she also recently turned her attention to free jazz and improvisation with various local jazz musicians. Her new CD, My Christmas, launched in December of 2006.


Erin began playing viola at age nine through the public school orchestra program in Naperville, Illinois. In grade school she loved the social aspect of playing with other musicians, but when she competed at the Music Competition as a senior in high school, she realized that quartet playing was her forte! Erin attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Business Administration major, but she also studied viola with Professor Rudolf Haken and completed a minor in music. She followed that up with a Masters of Music Performance at DePaul University, where she studied with Rami Solomonow. Erin can be heard throughout the Chicago-land area performing with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and the South Bend Symphony, but her primary passion remains chamber music. "I love the intimacy of playing music with just a few other people-- especially when they are great friends!"