Violist Ion Zanca was born in Romania in 1980. He began studying piano at the age of five and viola at the age of nine. He attended the National Conservatory of Music in Bucharest from 1999-2001, where he studied under the direction of Marian Movileanu. From 2001-2003 Mr. Zanca studied with Dr. Jerzy Kosmala at Louisiana State University and graduated with his Bachelors in Music Performance from Southern Methodist University. He has his Masters Degree in Music Performance from SMU with violist Ellen Rose -principal of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Ion Zanca performed with numerous orchestras in Europe as well as in the States. Some local orchestras include Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, and East Texas Symphony. Recently he had a solo performance with Meadows Symphony Orchestra after winning SMU's 2005 concerto competition. Mr. Zanca was also invited to play principal viola in Philadelphia with the Atlantic Coast Opera in 2005 and he was a finalist in the Doria International Competition in Japan in 2004.
Melissa is from Chicago, Illinois where she began studying the violin at the age of four. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University where she studied with performing artist, Chee-Yun Kim. Melissa plays classical and electric violin with the Dallas String Quartet. In addition to DSQ, Melissa teaches violin at the Dallas Academy of Music and Performing Arts.
Violinist Eleanor Dunbar is an accomplished and commanding artist, performing regularly as a soloist, chamber music enthusiast, and concertmaster. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she earned her Bachelor's of Music degree in Violin Performance under the direction of Emanuel Borok. During her education at SMU, she was awarded the prestigious Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, given to an outstanding music major each year. A native of California, Eleanor began her musical education at the young age of t