Meet the string Staff
piano, Violin & Flute
Leah Pesenson has been a student of the arts since age 4, first studying piano and picking up cello as well later in school. She is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education at Rutgers’ Music school, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She currently performs with the Rutgers Sinfonia Orchestra as a cellist, but her main work is done in accompanying on piano and performing in chamber groups as a pianist. Leah currently studies with Dr. Karina Bruk at MGSA and previously under Malvina Potop in Edison, NJ. Before university, Leah has competed in the Golden Key Festival and won gold, and she also regularly took part in the Spring Music Festival at Westminster and Princeton as well as receiving the Young Artist level in the yearly exam given by the American College of Musicians.
piano, violin & viola
Eric graduated from Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of Arts with a degree in Viola Performance. He studied under Lark Quartet Violist, Kathryn Lockwood and Philadelphia Orchestra principal Violist C.J Chang. Has been studying music since the age of 5, starting with Violin and then Piano at the age of 7, and switching to Viola prior to college. Eric has extensive experience with NJ Regional and All-State auditions, and has attended the International Chamber Music Course Festival in China and Italy. Eric has several years of experience teaching music using an adaptive and holistic approach. He has also had success teaching students with physical and mental disabilities using violin and piano as a source of physical therapy. He also has experience preparing students for advanced orchestra auditions and chamber group auditions in public schools. Having been engrossed in music for over two decades, he is always eager to share his experiences.
Cello, Violin & Viola
Jordan has been involved in music since he was six years-old. First starting on the violin, he settled on the cello, and has been playing since 2002. While in in school, Jordan has been involved with the Sussex County Youth Orchestra and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. Currently, Jordan is pursuing a degree in Music Education at Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has held the position of Principal Cellist for Rutgers Sinfonia, the undergraduate orchestra that holds concerts throughout the year at Mason Gross. Outside of the orchestra, Jordan studies under Jonathan Spitz, Principal Cellist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the state In the past, he has studied under Frances Rowell, a co-worker of Jonathan Spitz in the Cello Section of the NJSO, and Kenneth Law, a well-known cellist with a large private studio in Fairfax,Virginia. Jordan has experience in teaching individual private lessons for the violin and cello, and has experience in coaching chamber groups.