String Quartets

String Quartets – Weekly rehearsals – Wednesdays – Time TBD


profile photo of Evan Hesketh

Evan Hesketh, violinist/violist, has been teaching for the past nine years with the goal to “share my passion and enthusiasm for music with others. As a teacher, I am fully invested in my students and strive to ensure that lessons not only hone their technical skills, but also develop and nurture their musicality and creativity. I want my students to be both inspired and challenged by their lessons – if they can’t wait to take their instrument out of the case then I know I’m doing my job!”

He teaches students ranging from near beginners to high school students. While a graduate student in Cleveland, he mentored viola students at the Cleveland School for the Arts, an inner-city performing arts middle and high school. As a conductor, he has worked with high school orchestra and band students as a guest clinician.

Evan brings extensive experience as a performer to his teaching. he holds a masters degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a masters degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Victoria (Canada). He has played in professional orchestras as a violinist and violist for the past eight years, was a prizewinner at both the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions, and has performed in master classes for many notable artists, including Pinchas Zukerman. Additionally, he has conducted orchestras in Canada, Europe, and the United States.

photo of Kim Hain

Kim Hain, a violinist, began her musical studies at age 5 and continued to study the violin seriously through high school and college. After a first BM and MM degrees in violin performance, she received a second MM in chamber music from Kent State, and then a DMA in violin performance from Florida State.
Since then Kim has performed with professional string quartets, including Quartet Nouveau, and is also Concertmaster of Center Stage Opera.
As of September 2017, Kim also is a dedicated and successful Faculty member at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.

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John Redfield strings orchestra santa monica

John Redfield began playing cello at the age of 8, and with the help of private teachers practiced hard throughout Elementary, Middle and High School and was awarded a full scholarship to Indiana University where he attended private studies and master classes with the world-renowned Hungarian cellist and teacher Janos Starker.

Starker’s teacher was Schiffer, Schiffer’s teacher was David Popper, and now the Popper Methodology is taught by John Redfield at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music. No cello methodology can compare to the rigors or rewards of the Popper Methodology, an essential for all aspiring professional cellists.

After living in Italy and performing throughout Europe for 13 years, John Redfield returned to Santa Monica, co-founded the Elemental Strings youth orchestra, is currently Founder/Director of the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music, as well as a member of the

SMMUSD District Advisory Committee for the Performing Arts.

His numerous current and past cello students include prizewinners as well as those pursuing music at Yale, NYU, Georgetown, USC, and UCLA. As a performer, in his little free time from teaching, John has chosen to dedicate himself to performances of the solo cello repertoire (Bach, Kodaly, Cassado, Hindemith, etc.) in 3-4 recitals per year. John plays a Dutch cello dated 1700.

The Santa Monica Conservatory of Music
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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