the Chicago Tribune, highlighted in TimeOut! Chicago, and heard on
National Public Radio, Quartet Parapluie is a versatile and dynamic
ensemble. Performing together since 2001, the members of the
quartet have broadened their repertoire and experience through recording
for rock albums and movie soundtracks, presenting traditional classical
concerts, and premiering new works. Quartet Parapluie musicians have
been seen on the Oprah Winfrey Show and have shared the stage with
Grammy-Award winning Kanye West. Eager to reach all audiences,
Quartet Parapluie’s favorite and most recent project has been
performing for the Friday night crowd at Danny’s, a popular
bar in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago.
Rebekah Cope grew up in England and studied at Chetham's School of music. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree from The Royal Northern College of Music, studying violin with Yossi Zivoni. While studying at the RNCM she was the recipient of several awards including the Weil Prize for Chamber Music and 2nd place for the Granada Prize. After being offered a scholarship to Northwestern University, Rebekah moved to Chicago and received a masters degree in violin performance. During that time Rebekah was teaching assistant to Gerardo Ribiero. She later studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi and the Vermeer Quartet while performing in the graduate quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University.
Outside of performing with Quartet Parapluie, Rebekah also performs regularly with the Musical Offering Piano Trio. For the last six years, she has been violinist with The Grace Chicago consort, a unique ensemble-in-residence at Grace Chicago Church. Rebekah has performed chamber and solo concerts across the U.S and Europe. She recently completed a solo recital tour in the U.K with a program of 20th Century British works for violin and piano, and most recently performed Messaien's Quartet For the End of Time at the Chicago Cultural Center. Additionally, Rebekah has performed with the Elgin Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta and Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and has played for the Bolshoi and San Francisco City Ballets. She has also performed in concert with artists including the Beach Boys, Jonny Mathis, Tony Bennett and R. Kelly.
Melissa Bach received her Bachelor's degree with highest honors from DePaul University, where she studied cello with Christopher Costanza. Before attending DePaul, Melissa studied with Robert Jamieson, former principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra. After graduating, she managed Concertante di Chicago, a professional chamber orchestra, for five years. As a freelance musician, Melissa plays in and around the Chicago area in a wide array of venues, performing all styles of music ranging from classical to rock. She has performed with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra and New Millennium Orchestra. Outside of classical music, Melissa has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Oprah show and on stages across the United States, Europe and Japan with various rock bands including Bright Eyes, Pinetop Seven, Rilo Kiley and Grammy-Award winner Kanye West. Additionally, Ms. Bach is a frequent recording artist and string arranger. Her greatest love is performing chamber music, both classical and contemporary, which she has studied with Larry Combs, Elsa Charleston, and all members of the Chicago String Quartet. Today she fulfills that musical aspiration by performing frequently with Quartet Parapluie.
Erielle Bakkum graduated from DePaul University with Highest Honors
in Viola Performance and Music Education. Currently a middle school
orchestra director in Orland Park, Illinois, Erielle hopes to instill
in her students a love for playing and performing music. While
Erielle was at DePaul University, she played for several years
as the principal violist of the DePaul Symphony Orchestra. She
is grateful for her opportunities there to study and take chamber
music classes with some of Chicago’s most esteemed musicians,
including Rami Solomonow, Joseph Genualdi, Christoper Costanza,
Elsa Charleston, and Larry Combs. Since graduating, she has
played as the principal violist of the University of Chicago Symphony
Orchestra. Other orchestras Erielle has performed with include
Concertante di Chicago, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, and the
DuPage Symphony Orchestra.
Andra Kulans received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees
from DePaul university in violin and viola performance, where she
studied with Mark Zinger and Rami Solomonow. She now works
as a private violin instructor in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
A freelance musician, her experience includes collaboration with
local musicians and composers in Chicago and surrounding areas. Much
of her freelance work has been recording for and playing with local
and national bands including Rilo Kiley, Pinetop Seven, Head of
Femur, and the M’s. Recently Andra joined Chicago-based band