The Appassionata String Quartet is available to provide music for weddings, cocktail hours, receptions, background music, etc. We are located near West Chester, PA and focus our services to Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs.
We have played venues such as Cairnwood Estates, Downingtown Country Club, Down Town Club, Penn Oaks Golf Club, Merion Tribute House, Pen Ryn Mansion, Phoenixville Foundry, Tyler Arboretum, Knowlton Mansion, Hilton in Philadelphia and many, many more.
The quartet repertoire spans from traditional wedding music to professional classical quartets to comtemporary pieces. BIO: The Appassionata String Quartet-often referred to as ASQ- was formed under the direction of Sylvia Ahramjian in the winter of 2004 at West Chester University. Since then, the quartet has performed a variety of genres of music at numerous venues along the east coast. During the summer of 2006, the quartet was selected to represent the US and West Chester University at Guizhou University in Guiyang, China. At this invitational festival, the quartet participated and performed in chamber music master classes and recitals while working closely with Chinese music professors and students. In the 2006-2007 season, the quartet claimed first place at the MTNA Chamber Music Competition in the State and Eastern Divisions and were named a finalist at the National competition level. Dedicated to the education of children, the quartet has put together children’s workshops and master classes focusing on performance and related arts topics throughout Pennsylvania. They have made appearances at Great Valley School District and Cecil County School District in Maryland.
Founding members, Joy Deminski (viola) and Liz Shafman (violin) have since graduated from WCU with a BM in Music Education and are both performers and music educators in public school districts. Joy earned her Masters in Viola Performance at WCU in December 2011. Liz is pursing a Masters in Music at Temple University. Brandon Page (violin) has been a wonderful assett to the Appassionata String Quartet since 2009. Brandon has studied the violin for almost 30 years. He did his undergraduate studies in Violin Performance at Bob Jones University and finished his Masters in Violin Performance at Butler University. Attila Szasz (cello) began playing cello at the age of 11 in his hometown of Transylvania. He has since travelled throughout Europe, Asia, and North America performing at various concerts and events. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music and recently finished a second Master’s degree in Cello Performance at West Chester University.