Biographical Information

First Violinist and music arranger Tom Dziekonski studied violin with Vilem Sokol at the University of Washington, where he graduated with honors in Music and Arts and in Electrical Engineering. He also studied with Daniel Majeske, the late concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Tom plays electric violin for Teatro Zinzanni, and is first violinist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Tom has also played for Muzak, on soundtracks for TV, radio, video games, theme park attractions and film. He performed the solo violin soundtracks for the KCTS-TV documentary "Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Seattle's Forgotten World's Fair" in 2009. He has an 8 car garage with various unusual vehicles, such as a Pacer, Gremlin, Edsel and a boattail Riviera.

Stephen Bryant is a violinist known for his enthusiasm and passion for music. Each summer he leads a string quartet concert series during a fifteen day river raft trip down the Grand Canyon, performing in some of the most spectacular natural amphitheatres in the world. Steve was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Second Violin of the Edmonton Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. At present, Steve is a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and plays for the many studio recording opportunities around town. Steve is an avid chamber musician, a devotee of the music of Alfred Schnittke and fanatic about red wine, ping pong, and rowing the Colorado River.

Violist Timothy R. Hale was inspired to pursue a life in music as a child after hearing the soundtrack to Lady and the Tramp. He is now a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, after realizing that "man does not live on Disney alone". He studied with Heiichiro Ohyama at UC Santa Barbara and Raphael Hillyer at Yale University, and he was a member of the Fairfield (CT) Chamber Orchestra, located in what was the wealthiest county in the United States. He has also been a member of the San Diego Symphony. Timothy has been known to resist performing the works of Tchaikovsky, but realizes also that occasionally such resistance can be futile.

Virginia Dziekonski is Assistant Principal Cellist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. She has performed with Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera. Virginia has also performed as principal cellist for Tacoma Opera, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the St. James Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and 5th Avenue Theater. Virginia is a studio musician, playing scores for radio, television and movies. As a chamber musician, she has appeared with ArtsWest, Mostly Nordic, Camerata Musica of the Battelle Institute, the San Juan Chamber Players, the Music in the Park Series of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Second City in Tacoma, the Water Music Festival in Long Beach, WA, and the Anacortes Arts Festival. Although her apple pie is truly one of the yummiest of yummies, perfecting the soft-boiled egg still proves elusive.

Carlos Flores, the quartetÂ’s founding 2nd violinist, passed away on June 24, 2003. His enthusiasm and zany sense of humor lives on in our hearts and in our music.