CENTRAL4
Piano Quartet
 
ELIZABETH HEDMAN (violin) started playing the violin at the age of six, on an instrument given to her by her piano teacher, whose father had been a violinmaker.  So began her journey...
Since that time, Ms. Hedman has soloed with orchestras: The National Repertory Orchestra, The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, The Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and The Seattle Youth Symphony, among others.  She has played solo and chamber music recitals across the country and in Vancouver, B.C.  Other momentous events have included winning the 1994 MTNA National Collegiate Competition; performing with her piano trio, Trio Floraison, in the Cleveland Orchestra's Pre-Concert Performance and Lecture Series; playing on live radio programs in Seattle, Cleveland, and Los Angeles (most recently on “Sundays Live”, performing with members of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra), as well as being featured in The Seattle Times and other newspapers in her early teens.  Her education includes Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she won both the Concerto Competition and the Valedictory Award and was teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein.  Her principal violin teachers include Mr. Weilerstein, Margaret Pressley, and Naoko Tanaka; and for piano, Beth Hall.

Currently, Elizabeth resides in Los Angeles, and enjoys a diverse musical career that only a city such as this could offer.  She is Assistant Concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic and a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, the Pasadena Pops, and the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.  Elizabeth plays regularly with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Santa Barbara Opera. She is a member of Ensemble Green and has collaborated with Mladi.  During the past two summers she performed at the renowned Oregon Bach Festival, where she acted as Principal Second for select performances.  In February of 2010, Elizabeth traveled with a group of musicians to Guatemala City, where they performed several concerts.  Out of this adventure, Central4 was formed—a group that has a piano quartet as its nucleus but will explore diverse combinations of musicians in its concerts.  Recent recording projects include the motion pictures Salt and Sex And The City 2, among others, as well as contracting the orchestras and performing for the movie Fly and James Below’s album I Once Was Told, for which she was the featured violin soloist.