Born in Colombia in 1989. He completed his Bachelor’s in Music Degree (Summa Cum Laude) at the Corpas University Music School in Bogotá where he studied with Fabio Santana. He began studying the violin at the age of eleven under the guidance of Nana Nikolova. He has studied with Maritza Pacheco and Mauricio Echevarría, and received masterclasses with Joel Nieves and Camilo Acosta (Venezuela), Andrew Zaplatynsky (USA), Federico Hoyos (Colombia), Eva León (Spain), Jennifer Koh (United States), Weigang Li and Yi Wen Jiang (China-USA). He served as Concertmaster of the Accordanza Camerata under the direction of Leonardo Hoyos and the collaboration of Dutch cellist Detmar Leertouwer, as well as Concertmaster of the Juan N. Corpas Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2012, orchestra which received a masterclass with Yuli Turovsky (Former artistic director of “I Musici de Montréal”) in 2008. He participated as Concertmaster of the Youth Colombian Symphony playing Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the 27th International Choir Festival in Bogotá. In 2010 he was invited to play in Venezuela as a representative of Colombia with the Iberoamerican Youth Symphony and the Caracas Youth Symphony, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the CAF, where he played under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in the first violin section. He is the winner of the Young Talent Award of the Alliance Colombo-Française (2009), the Auditorio Fabio Lozano Youth Musician Award (2009 and 2011) and the Music Talent Award from the Colombian Central Bank (2011). He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Violin Perfomance at Indiana University studying with Prof. Simin Ganatra. He is also active as a teacher, studying violin and viola pedagogy with Prof. Mimi Zweig.
María José Romero Ramos is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in Violin at Indiana University, studying with Kevork Mardirossian. She obtained her Masters from IU as a recipient of the Jacobs Fellowship, the most substantial and prestigious scholarship in the school of music. Ms. Romero also enjoys playing the baroque violin and viola, having had Cynthia Roberts and Stanley Ritchie as mentors. She has performed in venues such as the Isaac Stern Hall in Carnegie Hall with the Sphinx Virtuosi. As a semifinalist of the Sphinx Competition, Ms. Romero attended the Aspen Music Festival and School under full scholarship. Among other festivals, she also attended the Brevard Music Center, where she was Concertmistress of the Brevard Sinfonia and studied with William Preucil. During her time at IU, Ms. Romero has been a featured soloist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra as the winner of their concerto competition, prize winner at the National Society for Arts and Letters Instrumental Competition – Bloomington Chapter, performed in master class for Joshua Bell, and studied pedagogy and assisted Mimi Zweig at the IU Summer String Academy. She started her musical training as part of El Sistema in her hometown Valencia, Venezuela.
Daniel Martinez began his cello studies at the age of nine in his hometown of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He continued his studies at the Victoriano Lopez Music School in San Pedro Sula and in 2001, Mr. Martinez entered The University of South ern Mississippi on a full scholarship, studying there with Dr. Alexander Russakovsky and serving as principal cellist in the university orchestra. After earning his Bachelor of Music degree in 2006, he accepted a teaching position with the Gulfport School District Strings Program in
Gulfport, Mississippi. In 2009, he was honored to take the position of Director of Orchestral Activities with the Gulfport School District. Mr. Martinez is a member of several chamber music ensembles including Magnolia Chamber Music Society and Magnolia Chamber Orchestra among others and is currently a member of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. Daniel is an avid follower of fútbol and spends much of his free watching both international and club matches. He, his wife, Catherine, and their cat, Stormy, are big fans of FC Barcelona.
Susanna Johnson is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied viola performance with Atar Arad. An avid orchestral and chamber musician, Susanna has performed and collaborated with world-renowned conductors and musicians from orchestras such as the National Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. In addition to her orchestral performance experience, Susanna has been featured in chamber and solo performances at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, the Kennedy Center, and the Senate Hart Building in Washington, D.C., among others. Susanna was a finalist in the concerto competitions of several summer festivals, and in 2009 she won first prize in the Middle Tennessee Bach Festival competition. Susanna is also an enthusiastic music educator and has extensive pedagogical training and teaching experience. In the fall, she will begin a Master’s degree in viola performance at the University of Maryland where she will study with Katherine Murdock.
Born in El Centro, CA Joshua Corona started to play the bass at the age of fourteen. Josue studied with Nico Abondolo at Azusa Pacific University and continued his musical study in at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Bruce Bransby for his Diploma student performance Josue has been accepted in prestigious summer festivals like the Aspen Music Festival with a full scholarship. An active orchestra player, Josue played in many orchestra like the American Youth Symphony, Sinfonia Terre-Haute, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the main UI, the Orquesta IU Philharmonic. Joshua had the privilege to work with conductors such as Paul Salamunovich, David Effron, Franz Welser- Most, Scaglione and Alexander Treger.