Margarita Solomensky, founder and first violin, began studying violin and piano at the age of four in Moscow. She holds a Master's Degree in Music and Arts from the Moscow Conservatory. She has won a number of national musical competitions and worked successfully as a violin and piano instructor for the State Conservatory and Musical College. She worked for 15 years as concertmaster with the Lvov Theatre of Opera and Ballet and performed as a soloist with the Lvov Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Solomensky immigrated to the United States in 1978, and has resided in Skokie since 1983. She has performed with a number of orchestras in the States including the Orchestra of Illinois, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, American Ballet Theater, Highland Park Strings and the Park Ridge civic Orchestra. She has served as concertmaster with the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Illinois Orchestra, the Russian American Chamber Orchestra of Chicago, Glenview Symphony Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, North Shore Chamber Orchestra and as assistant concertmaster for the Skokie Valley Symphony.
Ms. Solomensky balances her career as an educator and a performer. She teaches violin and piano at her private studio, the Music House and the Park Ridge Park District. She previously taught at Oakton Community College and the Devonshire Cultural Center. She has made numerous radio and television appearances, is currently a member of the Arioso Duet, first violinist of Arioso Chamber Ensemble and performs with the SoliArts Trio.
David Cowen, cello, is a founding member of the Sinfonietta Arts Chamber Ensemble. He has performed as a chamber music and symphonic cellist at numerous venues in the Chicago area, including the Art Institute, Arie Crown Theater, First National Bank, Chicago and Skokie Public Libraries, Unity Temple of Oak Park, St. James Cathedral, the Unitarian Church of Evanston, St. Elizabeth of Glencoe, Moody Bible Church, Skokie Theatre Music Foundation, Temple Menorah (where he was Kol Nidre soloist on Yom Kippur for over 20 years), Temple Judaea Mitzpah, Chicago Botanic Gardens, and the Morton Arboretum. He has also been broadcast on radio and television. David has studied with Alan Harris, Carl Fruh, and Jerry Grossman, played in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and was a scholarship student of Aldo Parisot at Yale University.
Jason Rosen, viola, was largely self-taught until he entered the DePaul School of Music in 1999, when he began studying in the studio of Israeli violist Rami Solomonov. At this point he appeared in master classes with artists such as world-renowned violist and conductor, Yuri Bashmet, as well as in master classes with many players of the Chicago Symphony. Jason has also performed with The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Sinfonietta Arts Orchestra, as well as in their chamber music series, and currently plays with the Skokie Valley Symphony.
Beth Hafter, violin, began her studies at age five with Morris Hochberg at Wayne State University in Detroit. She has a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, where she studied with Gustave Rosseels, Charles Avsharian and Paul Makanowitzky. Later she obtained an MBA in Arts Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Locally, Beth has played with the Northbrook Symphony and the Highland Park Strings. She is a founding member of the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra and has performed with them for the past 13 years, 12 years a Principal Second Violin. Throughout her life Beth has been an avid chamber musician and has participated in numerous chamber music workshops, coached by such luminaries as the Muir Quartet, the Manhattan Quartet, and Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet.
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