About Us

Founded in Ann Arbor in 2016, the Ivalas Quartet is composed of violinists Reuben Kebede and Anita Dumar, violist Aimée McAnulty, and cellist Pedro Sánchez. Ivalas has performed with artists such as the Calidore String Quartet, Imani Winds, Danielle Belen, David Ying, and Patricia Terry-Ross. The quartet has also been heard on WRCJ 90.9 FM’s Classical Brunch series and appeared at the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend. Maintaining their commitment to community engagement, Ivalas has also represented the Sphinx Organization playing for students in Flint and the Metro Detroit area. Recently awarded first prize in the 2019 WDAV Young Artists Chamber Music Competition, the quartet also took first prize 2018 Briggs Chamber Music Competition and was named a semifinalist group at both the M-Prize competition and Concert Artists Guild competition in New York

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About Us

Our Mission

Ivalas’ members are from both the black and latinx communities and the group was formed with the intent to play a part in bringing greater visibility to musicians of color. We feel a strong responsibility to not only play with all of our hearts but to strive for the highest standard of playing in every performance, and to be living proof of the power of diversity in all art forms.

Our Mission


    • December 4th – Pendulum New Music: Ivalas Quartet – Grusin Music Hall. Boulder, CO. 7:30pm.


    • November 18th – Ivalas Quartet 2019 Fall Recital – St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. Boulder, CO. 7:30pm.


    • October 6th – Friends of Chamber Music Denver – Family of Four –
      Denver School of the Arts. Denver, CO. 2:00pm.


    • August 2nd – Aspen Music Festival and School – Center for Advanced String Quartet Studies – Final Concert – Harris Concert Hall. Aspen, CO. 8:00pm.


    • July 24th – Aspen Music Festival and School – Music With A View.
      Aspen Art Museum. Aspen, CO. 6:00pm.


    • Sunday, June 23rd – Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – Ivalas Quartet and Emerson Quartet. Bloomfield Hills, MI. 6:30pm.


    • Friday, June 21st – Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – Ivalas Quartet, Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, Paul Watkins and Eugene Drucker. Ann Arbor, MI – 8pm.


    • Wednesday, June 19th – Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – Ivalas Quartet. Detroit, MI – 11am.


    • Tuesday, June 18th – Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – Ivalas and Emerson Quartets. Bloomfield Hills, MI – 7:30pm.


    • Saturday, March 30th – Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – Vignette Series. Ann Arbor, MI – 5:30pm.


    • Sunday, Feb. 3rd – Binkow Grant Winner’s Concert – Stamps Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI – 1pm.


    • Sunday, Nov. 18th – Classical Brunch Series WRCJ 90.9FM. Birmingham, MI – 11:20am.


    • Sunday, Sept. 16th – Briggs Competition Winners Concert. McIntosh Recital Hall. Ann Arbor, MI – 8pm.


    • August 1st – Portland Museum of Art. Portland, ME – 2pm.


    • July 25th – Ivalas Quartet, Steve Doane, Mikhail Kopelman, Robin Scott, Pei-Shan Lee and Ahrim Kim at Bowdoin International Music Festival. Brunswick, ME – 7:30pm.


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