Knarik Yeremian, Violin
Knarik Yeremian received her Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the Komitas Conservatory in Armenia, where she studied with Karp Dombaiev. She has performed and recorded with the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Armenia, the Spendianov Opera and Ballet Theatre, and as chamber musician with the Women’s Quartet of Armenia. As violinist with the Armenian Philharmonic, Knarik has toured throughout Europe, Russia, Canada and the United States. Currently, Ms. Yeremian performs as a soloist in the metropolitan area, and is co-founder of the Harmonia Chamber Players.
Elizabeth Kalfayan, Cello
Elizabeth Kalfayan, violoncellist, performs as a soloist and principal cellist with numerous symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the metropolitan area. Born in Romania, she holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Jacob Bernstein. She also studied with Martha Williams, Arthur Balsam and Rachmael Weinstock. Ms. Kalfayan has performed with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, The Baroque Music Ensemble, the Metropolitan Lyric Opera, The New Jersey Pops Orchestra, the Opera at Florham, the State Repertory Opera Company and as a soloist with the Hawthorne Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared with k.d. lang, Ray Charles, Anne Murray, Smokey Robinson, The Doors, and The Neo-Bass Ensemble with jazz artist Lisle Atkinson. Ms. Kalfayan is co-founder of the Encore String Quartet, Melody Arts Trio, the Harmonia Chamber Players, and founder of the Encore Piano Trio and the Merritt Chamber Music Workshops. As an educator, she was Director of Strings for the River Dell, New Jersey School District, and has facilitated chamber music workshops at the Puffin Foundation and the New Jersey Youth Symphony.
Darla Coolman, Bass
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii bassist Darla Coolman is a dynamic performer who has performed internationally in a diverse array of ensembles including symphony orchestras, opera and ballet orchestras and chamber music ensembles. An alumnus of the Indiana University School of Music with a Masters Degree in Music Performance, she has studied with master teachers Murray Grodner (NBC Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) and Orin O’Brien (New York Philharmonic). Ms. Coolman’s vast performing credentials include associations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Goldovsky Opera Orchestra, State Orchestras of Mexico and Xalapa, Veracruz, Stuttgart Ballet Orchestra, Caramoor Festival Orchestra, New Jersey Oratorio Society, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and Verismo Opera Orchestra. As co-founder of the Harmonia Chamber Players, Ms. Coolman researches and develops new repertoire, expanding the role of the double bass in chamber music. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Ms. Coolman also teaches at the Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey.