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Diana Pepelea


Born in Romania, Diana Pepelea began studying the violin at the age of four and won her first National Competition at the age of eight.  As a laureate of numerous national and international competitions all over Romania, Diana has toured and performed all over Europe and the United States. She has recorded for the National Radio Station in Bucharest, and appeared in many live television performances.  She also performed as a soloist on many occasions throughout Romania.

Diana attended the Interlochen Arts Academy High School on a full scholarship and continued her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She completed her Masters Degree at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Andres Cardenes.

Tim Kantor


Tim Kantor began studying the violin at the age of four and has performed throughout the world.  He has performed as a soloist with the Pioneer Symphony Orchestra in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra in Maine.  He graduated with honors from Bowdoin College and is currently completing a Masters degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has performed several recitals at both institutions. 

He has studied with Andrew Jennings, Steven Kecskemethy and Paul Kantor.  He has participated in the Cascade Music Festival in Bend, Oregon, the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Zephyr Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy.  He also performs in several orchestral ensembles in the Cleveland area, including regular performances with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. 

Diana Cohen


Praised for her “incredible flair, maturity and insight,” violinist Diana Cohen was appointed concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony in 2007. She has appeared as soloist and served as concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Red {an orchestra}, and The Kalamazoo Symphony. She has also been soloist with the Hilton Head and Valdosta Symphonies, among others. Diana performs regularly in concerts in New York and across the globe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The International Sejong Soloists, The Knights, and as a substitute at the New York Philharmonic.  She has been rotating principal of the Iris Orchestra since its inaugural season.  As a chamber musician, Diana has performed at festivals including Marlboro, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Giverny, France,  Perlman Chamber Music, Taos, Sarasota, Aspen, Bennington, Gretna, Swannanoa, Fontana and Piccolo Spoleto. 

Jennifer Sours


Violinist Jennifer Sours is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with David Updegraff and received her Master of Music degree in May of 2009. Prior to CIM, Jennifer studied privately with renowned violinist and pedagogue, Camilla Wicks. Jennifer has attended the National Repertory Orchestra summer orchestral training festival in Breckenridge, CO as well as the Holzhausen Musiktage masterclasses with Denes Zsigmondy in Holzhausen, Germany. A pianist as well, Jennifer holds undergraduate degrees in violin and piano performance, and was a staff pianist at Western Washington University for two years, working with voice and instrumental students. Currently, Jennifer resides in Cleveland Heights and plays with Canton, Youngstown, Mansfield, Firelands, and Cleveland Pops symphony orchestras.

​Karen Yeh


Karen Yeh began her studies on the cello at age 9 in Stony Brook, New York.  In 2008 she was awarded the Catherine E. Sutherland Scholarship from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, where she is a student of Hans Jorgen Jensen.  She has performed in the New York Youth Symphony, the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.  Karen has attended  the Meadowmount School of Music, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, and the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook Summer Music Program.   In addition, she has attended festivals in Europe such as the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic and Oberstdorfer Musiksommer in Oberstdorf, Germany.  She has also performed in masterclasses with Timothy Eddy, Colin Carr, Anner Bylsma, and Joseph Johnson.

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