Courtesy of The Dallas STring Quartet
Here’s some of what we think makes this part of the world special—from Dallas Hotel Magazine.
is a universal Classical Music’s Music language. The Dallas String Quartet, with its diverse ensemble of musicians and New Groove electric string instruments,
The Dallas String Quartet transcends genre with a funky fusion of classical and pop. BY THOMAS FORRISTER Photography by Teresa Jolie
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transcends genre and gives contemporary music a classical, resonating dialect all its own. Seemingly dissonant fusions of style blend harmoniously together, as do the group’s talented players. Comprised of violinists Tatiana Glava and Melissa Priller, violist Ion Zanca, and bassist Young Heo, the quartet is an unstoppable force of mashup mastery -- you’re just
as likely to hear “Pachelbel’s Canon” as you are a vigorous cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” at any given performance. And the group is intent on pushing sound further in fresh, funky ways. Founded in 2007 by Ion Zanca, the quartet’s members came together at Dallas’ own Southern Methodist University from various walks of life. “For me, I was an international student; a lot of the string players were international students. It helped to have other foreign people there,” says
Zanca. Hailing originally from Argentina, Moldova, Romania, and the United States, each member’s background included an interest in music from a young age. At SMU, that shared passion for music inspired them to play together. As any legendary rock band story begins, this classical string ensemble started lining up gigs. Falling into a successful routine, the quartet members decided to take their musicianship to the next level, incorporating contemporary songs as well as electric instruments.