String Quartets

String Quartets – Weekly rehearsals – Wednesdays – Time TBD


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Ellery Weiss

Ellery Weiss earned his degree in Violin Performance from UCLA in 2013 studying with world renowned Violinist Guillaume Sutre.

Ellery was born and raised in Santa Monica, attending Roosevelt Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, and Santa Monica High School where he was the first violin in Symphony Orchestra.

As a teacher, he is fully invested in his students. He teaches students ranging from near beginners to high school students.

Ellery also is a dedicated and successful Faculty member at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.


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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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