Rebekah Cope, ViolinistClient Liaison
Royal Northern College of Music, Northwestern School of Music, Northern Illinois University
Everyone watches the Superbowl for the commercials, right? If you saw the Fiat 2015 Superbowl ad, you heard Rebekah’s solo violin. And so did 114.4 million other viewers. How’d she get that gig? By being amazingly talented. Rebekah has performed chamber and solo concerts across the U.S and Europe. In Chicago, Rebekah has performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time numerous times, including at the Chicago Cultural Center. Outside of QP, she is a founding member of the Musical Offering Piano Trio. Orchestrally, Rebekah has performed with Elgin Symphony and Chicago Philharmonic, as well as the Bolshoi and San Francisco Ballet. Rebekah has also performed with artists such as the Beach Boys, Rod Stewart, and Tony Bennett. Plus, she’s on faculty at Olivet Nazarene University as a violin and viola instructor. Originally from England, Rebekah has made Chicago her home since 2000.
Rebekah’s teachers have included Yossi Zivoni, Gerardo Ribiero and Shmuel Ashkenasi, of the Vermeer Quartet.
Andra Kulans, Violinist, ViolistClient Liaison, Founding Member
DePaul University School of Music
Every quartet needs a resident rock star. Yes, Andra’s classically trained, but much of her freelance work has been recording for and playing with local and national bands. She has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, and Conan, and has toured North America and Europe with various bands including Grammy Award-winner Glen Hansard, Iron & Wine, Bill Callahan, Rilo Kiley, Belle and Sebastian, and was a member of Chicago-based band The 1900’s. When she’s not on the big stage or playing with QP, she also works as a private violin instructor. And did we mention that she plays violin and viola? That makes her a pretty valuable asset.
Andra’s teachers have included Mark Zinger, violin, and Rami Solomonow, viola.
Melissa Bach, CellistClient Liaison, Founding MemberDePaul University School of Music
If you work with Quartet Parapluie, you'll likely collaborate with Melissa on some level. As a founding member and client liaison, she plays a role in just about every aspect of Quartet Parapluie, whether performing on stage, or taking care of business details. Her clients are pretty much crazy about her – just read about it on Yelp or The Knot. Plus, she's a highly sought-after cellist. You can catch Melissa performing live around Chicago on a regular basis, with New Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, or Northwest Indiana Symphony. She's performed live with artists such as Idina Menzel, Peter Gabriel, Michael Bublé, Barry Manilow and Kanye West. Plus, she's appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as the Oprah Show. In the world of Indie-Rock, she has performed with Bright Eyes, Kishi Bashi, Pinetop Seven, Rilo Kiley and a host of other Chicago bands, including Sleeping At Last, which featured her in a music video.
Melissa's teachers have included Christopher Costanza and Robert Jamieson.
Brian Hoffman, Cellist
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University School of Music
This guy is seriously talented. Brian has performed throughout the United States and abroad as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. First-prize winner of the North Carolina Music Academy Cello Competition, Brian's awards are numerous, including Northwestern University’s Esther Yochim Fellowship, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s Critser Endowed Cello Fellowship. How’s that for accolades? Brian has performed chamber music recitals at the University of Chicago’s Noontime Concert Series, the Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion, the Midwest Conservatory, Merit School of Music, the Gail Borden Library, and live on WFMT's FolkStage. And here’s a fun tidbit: when the Portland Cello Project played live in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, Brian sat in during the concert, sight reading everything. He didn’t miss a beat. Brian is currently on the faculty of the Midwest Conservatory of Music.
Brian’s teachers have included Peter Rejto, Hans Jensen and Steven Doane.
Inger Petersen Carle, Violinist
Carnegie Mellon University, Cleveland Institute of Music
What makes a great studio musician? Someone who gets it right on the first pass. That's Inger. And the magic she works in the studio translates to live performances too, when you only get one chance. With training like Inger’s, she’s in high demand, performing with the likes of Lake Forest Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and the City Lights Orchestra – and nationally with the Sarasota Opera and the Key West Symphony Orchestra. You might also catch her with the Becca Kaufman Orchestra or the CoverGirls Violin Show. Don’t forget to listen at your next theater outing; Inger’s recorded the soundtracks for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, and American Players Theatre. Plus, she’s a first-call when touring musicians come through town, performing with Rod Stewart, Ray LaMontagne, Belle and Sebastian, Kishi Bashi, Sufjan Stevens, Poi Dog Pondering, Michael Bublé, Josh Grobin, the Pointer Sisters, Dennis DeYoung, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Brian Wilson – to name a few.
Her teachers have included Donald Weilerstein, Andrés Cárdenes and David Updegraf.
Jody Livo, ViolinistFounding Member
Northwestern University School of Music, DePaul University School of Music
Jody's one of the finest violinists in Chicago, and she happens to be a founding member of Quartet Parapluie. She's an active orchestral and chamber musician, performing with Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. She held a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for five years. Her piano trio participated in the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency and the Beethoven Institute of Mannes College, and she has been heard several times on WFMT radio including on the Dame Myra Hess concert series, as well as on WBEZ's Morning Shift. Jody lived in Italy for three years where she held a position with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (“la Verdi”) and enjoyed performing all over the country. No stranger to the non-classical world, Jody has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and toured internationally with the band Bright Eyes. She's appeared in concert with Kanye West, the Beach Boys, Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, and many others. Jody has an amazing gift of being able to play many musical styles superbly – we keep testing her with new pop pieces, and she's yet to be stumped.
Her teachers have included Joseph Genualdi and Gerardo Ribeiro.
Erielle Bakkum, ViolistFounding Member
We are all searching for our inner voice, right? That's where the viola comes in, and your search can end with Erielle. Don't let her humility fool you -- her talents run far. If you spend your summers hitting the musical festivals in Chicago, like Pitchfork or the Hideout Block Festival, you've heard our gal playing with the likes of The Duchess and the Duke, and with Hamilton Leithauser. And when she isn't performing with QP, you can catch Erielle singing with the Chicago Chorale, which has earned Chicago Tribune’s distinction of “Best Choral Performance of 2015," as well as several other Best-of-Year Performances in the Chicago Classical Review. Let’s not forget that she also spent several years as a middle school orchestra director in Orland Park. And how about the photography on our website? All done by Erielle Bakkum Photography. If only she could play viola, sing and take photos at the same time!
Erielle's teachers have included Christine Terhune and Rami Solomonow.