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.
piano & violin
Salome is a violinist and pianist. She has been playing both the violin and piano since the age of 8. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree at the Mannes School of Music in New York City. As part of her degree, she is also currently studying music composition and arranging.
Over the years, Salome has performed in masterclasses with world-famous violinists in Europe and in the US. She has attended and been invited to participate in the festivals such as Bowdoin International Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Academy Summer Masterclass series, and many more. She played numerous charity concerts and has programmed and performed two solo recitals.
Salome is originally from Georgia, Tbilisi, which is where she attended and graduated high school and music school. She regularly performs as a solo violinist and pianist, and also plays in chamber groups in and around the New York area.