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Newly Formed Kova Quartet of Colburn School Performs at Soka

Newly Formed Kova Quartet of Colburn School Performs at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – The Kova Quartet performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. as a part of the Colburn at Soka: Artists on the Rise Series. Tickets are $20 for adults; $16 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $14 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

In collaboration with the Colburn School in Los Angeles, this new chamber music series features outstanding young soloists and ensembles, specially chosen by the Colburn faculty for their artistry and professional potential. The Kova Quartet comprises four exceptional students of the Colburn Conservatory: Felicity James and Gallia Kastner, violin; Chris Rogers-Beadle, viola; and Chanyoung ‘Charles’ Seo, cello. The program will be Dvořák’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, No. 12, “American Quartet;” Shostakovich’s String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 118, No. 10; and Brahm’s String Quartet in C-minor, Op. 51, No. 1.

Individually, the Kova Quartet members have performed with such renowned chamber musicians as Gary Hoffman, James Dunham, Ani Kavafian, Gil Shaham, Lynn Harrell, Robert Chen, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Members have taken home top prizes from several prestigious competitions including the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition, the 2014 YoungArts National Scholarship Program, the 2016 Pasadena Showcase Competition, the George Enescu International Violin Competition, the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, and the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition. The quartet name, kova, is the Finnish word for “hard” representing strength, resilience, and diligent work.