Lauren Dixon

 

Violinist

 

Lauren Dixon is a gifted violinist who has been performing since a young age. Inspired by several of her family members who served in major American symphony orchestras, she began studying violin at age 5. Lauren initially studied with teachers including her grandfather, violinist Albert Muenzer, and associate concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony, Maggie Martinic. While pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, Lauren studied with violinist Mark Rush. Lauren has performed in the Phoenix Youth Symphony, the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, the University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and was also one of the original founding members of Suite Strings Quartet in 2003. Lauren also currently performs regularly with her church’s worship team.

 

In addition to performing, Lauren also teaches violin. She has taught both private and group lessons, and currently instructs a number of private students on a weekly basis. Lauren also has a master's degree in professional counseling and works full time as a mental health therapist at Grand Canyon University. She finds great joy in serving people as both a musician and as a professional counselor.

Corrie Graves

 

Pianist

 

Corrie Graves is a pianist and vocalist who has been playing and performing since 1996. Corrie grew up in a household of musicians and was surrounded by music from a young age. She began learning piano as a child and began taking voice lessons during her college years. As Corrie’s skill developed, she studied piano with teachers including Dr. Kim Hayashi in Tucson, Arizona and Robert Hamilton at Arizona State University. Corrie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arizona State University in 2011. 

 

Since graduating, Corrie has been actively teaching and performing in the private and public setting. She taught music at Veritas Preparatory Academy from 2013 to 2015, where she conducted multiple choirs and ensembles. She has also worked as a piano accompanist at the collegiate level. Corrie first performed with Suite Strings in the 2008 Music from Greer chamber music festival in Greer, AZ and again in 2010. In addition to maintaining a studio of private piano and voice students, Corrie also currently teaches elementary music in the Tempe School District and leads worship at her local church. 

Wei Guo

 

Cellist

 

Wei Guo is a Chinese cellist who has been described as “a tremendous talent who plays with real passion and integrity” (UW News). Wei was a finalist at the 2013 National MTNA Young Artist Solo Competition and received Honorable mention at the 2014 Northwest MTNA Chamber Music Competition. She was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship as a graduate student at the University of Wyoming, and she also served as principal cellist for both the UW Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Wei has studied with Professor Beth Vanderborgh, and she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Arizona State University, where she studies with Professor Tom Landschoot and works for ASU's String Project.

Kyle Malkin

 

Violinist | Manager | Owner

 

Kyle Malkin is an award-winning American Composer, Violinist, and Conductor. Kyle was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1988 and began studying violin and piano at the age of 9. He was inspired by the new creative opportunities he found in music and began writing his own music almost immediately. Kyle studied violin with teachers including Paul Brisbane and Dr. William Magers. He studied composition with Karl Schindler shortly before entering the University of Southern California (USC), where he studied with composers Richard Lesemann, Stephen Hartke, and Donald Crockett.

 

Kyle's music has been performed by groups including the USC Symphony ("Cassation"), the Phoenix Youth Symphony ("The Last Day"), the Hollywood Studio Symphony ("Dinner with Fred"), and the Paloma Winds Quintet ("Like Clockwork"). His "String Quartet No.1" won Best Composition at the 2001 AMEA Student Composition Competition. 

 

Kyle has written and conducted music for several dozen motion pictures including short films, commercials, and independent feature-length film productions. His music for "Dinner with Fred" won Best Original Score at the 2011 Van Wert Film Festival.

 

Kyle has performed with groups including the Phoenix Symphony and the Phoenix Youth Symphony. He co-founded Suite Strings Quartet in 2003, and has performed with the group for weddings, special events, and concerts, including being featured twice in the annual chamber music festival, Music from Greer, at which the group debuted several of his works. Kyle lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona as a freelance musician, filmmaker, and writer. He began playing violin regularly on the worship team at his home church, Gateway Church Scottsdale, in the fall of 2015, and he began performing with Sweetwater Strings in the fall of 2016.

 

Kyle considers the most important accomplishment of his life to be his decision to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, whom he lives to serve in all that he does.

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