[Scroll down for upcoming and past performances]

2020 Summer:

Colorado Music Festival
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival
Crested Butte Music Festival

We were lucky to perform and share our music during these difficult times. Through live performances and online streaming, we were given voices to express our concerns on the current state of our society as well as to continue our mission. Thank you to the festivals that made this summer possible!

2020 University of North Iowa Residency

SoM Ivalas Quartet Poster

We had a blast coming to the University of Northern Iowa in March. Both students and faculty were very welcoming and we felt at home as soon as we arrived. We lead a master class and had a thoughtful panel discussion with UNI students and faculty Julia Bullard on the topic of Diversity and Advocacy in the Arts. It was a joy to be able to perform our last  pre-pandemic live performance for a warm audience in such a beautiful hall.


We are extremely thankful to have participated in the Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA) as part of the 2020 APAP conference in New York City.
We absorbed so much knowledge during our time there and now feel inspired to continue our mission to better our community as we empower its diverse roots! Big thank you to the Sphinx Organization for making it possible for us! As well as Nate Zeisler for being a great mentor and friend guiding us through the weekend. We were lucky to see this adventure through along with the Omer Quartet, Invoke, JIJI and Hanzhi Wang who also inspired us with their own artistic visions. Thank you to Dana Putnam Fonteneau and Afa Dworkin for particularly interesting talks; we are full of hope and excitement as we look to the future!

Coming Up

Sep 27th - 5:30pm
Gerald Stazio Softball Fields - Boulder, CO.

Boulder Arts Outdoors 2.0

After Boulder Arts Outdoors' August performances, so many artists and members of the Boulder community asked if they would produce another series, keeping performance alive for the sake of inspiration, joy, community, and social conversation!

The lineup is here! An incredible group of artists LIVE this September 27th!

Oct 3rd - 4 pm and 5:15 pm.
1980 Dahlia St. Denver, CO.

Live Concert at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church.

Friends of Chamber Music presents the Ivalas Quartet in a LIVE concert, outdoors on the beautiful south patio at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church.


Strum - Jessie Montgomery
Elegy - Carlos Simon
String Quartet No. 5 "Rosa Parks" - Daniel Bernard Roumain

4pm (SOLD OUT), 5:15pm Tickets Available

Oct 4th - 12th. Online Performance
CU Presents: Takács Quartet Series

Takács Quartet and Ivalas Quartet

Joined by violist Richard O’Neill in his first season with the ensemble, the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet has moved audiences and sold out halls at CU Boulder for more than three decades and counting. The group’s irresistible dynamic has proven time and again that the members of the Takács are “matchless, their supreme artistry manifest at every level" The Guardian (London).

The October concert series will feature the Ivalas Quartet: Reuben Kebede and Anita Dumar, violin; Aimée McAnulty, viola; and Pedro Sánchez, cello.

This event will be offered to Takács Quartet season ticket holders only as an exclusive streamed video event

Past Events


Ivalas Quartet in conversation and performance
Aug, 28th

The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival was thrilled to host the August Virtual Festival with Artistic Director Paul Watkins. Nine Festival performances over five days provided extraordinary music and artist conversations to end the summer on a high note!

The Ivalas Quartet performs works by Haydn, Montgomery and Walker in conversation with Emerson Quartet's violinist and Shouse Institute Director Philip Setzer.


Beethoven in Color
Crested Butte, CO
Aug, 15th - 5pm

Continuing their mission of representing musicians of all colors, the Ivalas Quartet blisteringly performs Beethoven’s greatest middle-period quartet (which includes perhaps Beethoven’s most beautiful slow movement) alongside works by two composers of color. The first composer, Jesse Montgomery, is amongst the most important young composers today; her work, “Starburst,” was performed at CBMF in 2017 with Tito Munoz leading the Crested Butte Festival Symphony. The second work is by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the Romantic Afro-English composer. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear these great works!   The Ivalas’ mission is to present and represent composers and musicians of color, and they do so with energy, thoughtfulness, and passion.


Colorado Music Festival - Festival Finale
Jul, 30th

Under the direction of Peter Oundjian, CMF music director, the virtual concerts bring together world-class musicians to perform exceptional pieces in intimate settings

The finale, on July 30, will highlight CMF’s own musicians as they play movements from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and include performances by sensational twin sister pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton and Festival Fellows, Ivalas Quartet.

All virtual performances will be accessible on demand via Colorado Music Festival's website,, and are presented for free as a sign of gratitude to donors, subscribers, ticket buyers and the community.

SoM Ivalas Quartet Poster

University of Northern Iowa Residency (Master Class, Panel Discussion and Concert) - Cedar Falls, IO
Mar, 12th

As a part of their 2020 residency at the University of Northern Iowa the Ivalas Quartet will teach a Master Class with the participation of UNI students. Following the master class there will be a panel discussion over the topic of Diversity and Advocacy in the Arts led by UNI faculty Julia Bullard.

Join the Ivalas Quartet for their Guest Artist Recital at the Gallagher Bluehorn Performing Arts Center's Great Hall for an exciting performance of pieces by Mozart, Walker and Beethoven.


Music in the Galleries - Clyfford Still Museum - Denver, CO
Feb, 9th - 1pm

Join us for a program as exciting and eclectic as the record collection of Clyfford Still that inspires it! We will be performing Mozart's String Quartet No. 22 in Bb Major K589 and George Walker's String Quartet No.1

Experience a live performance of chamber music surrounded by Still's vibrant paintings and award-winning architecture. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Free event (with museum admission)


Ivalas Quartet Presented by the Louisville Cultural Council - Louisville Center for the Arts, Louisville, CO
Jan, 25th - 7:30pm

The Ivalas Quartet will perform a variety of works at the intimate Louisville Center for the Arts. The Louisville Cultural Council continues their support for the graduate string quartet in residence program at CU Boulder through this event. Ivalas is under the mentorship of the famed Takács Quartet during their time at CU Boulder.


APAP 2020 Carnegie Hall Showcase - New York, NY
Jan, 13th - 6pm

The Ivalas Quartet will be performing in culmination of the APAP Conference in New York City, NY. This performance will also feature incredible artists such as Hanzhi Wang, Invoke, JIJI and the Omer Quartet.

Spotlighting the next generation of classical music stars, APAP's Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA) program supports rising classical music artists during the formative stages of their careers, culminating in this special single performance, free and open to the public.


Ivalas Quartet 2019 Fall Recital - St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Boulder, CO
Nov, 18th - 7:30pm

On their first recital as the graduate string quartet in residence at CU Boulder, the Ivalas Quartet is excited to be performing a diverse and exciting selection of works. Quartets by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven and George Walker will make for an entertaining and delightful program featuring several contrasting, yet still very related, eras of classical music composition and styles.



Friends of Chamber Music Denver
Family of Four.
Denver School of the Arts, Denver, CO
Oct 6th - 2pm

Join Friends of Chamber Music for a FREE family-friendly musical afternoon featuring the dynamic Ivalas Quartet. Explore how the quartet – a family of another kind – works through various family dynamics to reach true musical harmony. Program includes works by Joseph Haydn, Astor Piazzolla, and George Walker.

We’ll have refreshments and hands-on activities in the lobby following this interactive program — fun for all ages!


Aspen Music Festival and School
Center for Advanced Quartet Studies
Final Concert - Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO
Aug 2nd - 8:00 pm

The Ivalas String Quartet performs Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata" sharing the stage with fellow members of the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies the Balourdet String Quartet and the Lorne String Quartet.


Music with a View:
Center for Advanced Quartet Studies
Aspen Art Museum - Aspen, CO
Jul 24 - 6:00 PM

The Ivalas String Quartet performs Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet No.2 in A minor Op.12 at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, CO. Presented in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS), this free chamber concert series features one-hour performances by the most advanced AMFS students and visiting musicians in Aspen.


Emerson String Quartet and Ivalas Quartet.
June 23rd - 6:30pm
Kirk in the Hills
Bloomfield Hills, MI

PRELUDE: MENDELSSOHN | String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
Ivalas Quartet

BEETHOVEN | String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat major, Op. 130

Ticketing Information:
General Admission | $42
35 & Younger General Admission | $12


Ivalas Quartet, Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, Paul Watkins and Eugene Drucker. June 21st - 8pm
Kerrytown Concert House. Ann Arbor, MI

 Ivalas Quartet, performs Janáček’s “Kreutzer Sonata,” the composer’s first of two string quartets. Then, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster and violinist, Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, is joined by Festival Artistic Director and cellist, Paul Watkins, for a performance of Kodály’ Duo for Violin and Cello. Closing the performance is the Emerson String Quartet’s Eugene Drucker on viola alongside the Ivalas Quartet for a performance of Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2.

GLCMF logo black no date

Ivalas Quartet
Special Edition: St. Matthew's & St. Joseph's. June 19th - 11am
Detroit, MI

Festival Sphinx Ensemble, Ivalas Quartet, presents a performance in one of Detroit’s most historic churches. For more information, contact 248-559-2097 or


Ivalas Quartet and Emerson String Quartet
June 18th - 7:30pm
Kirk in the Hills.
 Bloomfield Hills, MI

PRELUDE: MOZART | String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387
Ivalas Quartet

BEETHOVEN | String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18, No. 5
String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6
String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3

Ticketing Information:
General Admission | $42
35 & Younger General Admission | $12

GLCMF logo black no date

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival
Season 26: Vignette Series - Ivalas String Quartet

Immerse yourself in the remarkable artistry of these world-class musicians while directly supporting the 2019 Festival.

The spectacular east-side Ann Arbor residence of Soma & Ranajit Mukherjee will be the venue for the Festival debut of the Ivalas String Quartet, a fabulous group of young string players from the University of Michigan who will participate in the 2019 Festival. Following the performance, the Mukherjees will offer dinner for guests.


Ivalas Quartet at the Novi Public Library - February 10th. 3pm

Enjoy the afternoon with beautiful classical music. Founded at the University of Michigan, the Ivalas Quartet is comprised of violinists Anita Dumar and Reuben Kebede, violist Caleb Georges, and cellist Pedro Sánchez. This outstanding group was recently awarded first prize in the 2018 Briggs Chamber Music Competition, and named a semifinalist group at both the M-Prize competition and Concert Artists Guild competition in New York.

Binkow Grant Winners' Concert - Sunday, February 3rd. 1:00pm

Join us at University of Michigan's Stamps Auditorium to hear the Ivalas Quartet, Koinonia Trio, Sapphirus Quartet and Warren & Flick. These groups were awarded the 2018-19 Binkow Grants for Chamber Music.

University of Michigan Collage Concert - January 19th - 8pm
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI

Reserved seating $34 and $28 - Students $12 with ID.
The much-anticipated, annual Collage Concert never fails to amaze, with its captivatingly distinctive format featuring the incredible range of SMTD ensembles and programs performing one riveting work after another without pause. It’s a non-stop and exhilarating evening of virtuoso performances you won’t want to miss.

Classical Brunch Series
WCRJ 90.9 fm

Tickets are just $40 per seat and includes the meal and concert.  Proceeds support WRCJ-FM.
To reserve a table or order tickets, contact Dave Devereaux at or  248.305.3780.
November 18, 2018 – “Ivalas Quartet 2.0” –  Our rising stars from University of Michigan return to perform Janacek’s Quartet # 1 and Dvorak’s waltzes.

Ivalas Quartet Fall Recital - Saturday, October 6th. 4:30pm


Come to enjoy an hour long recital by University of Michigan's Ivalas Quartet. The program will present a variety of selections from different musical eras, from Felix Mendelssohn to Jessie Montgomery. The performance will take place at the Britton Recital Hall.

The Third Place Concert Series - Sunday, September 30th. 6pm


A concert of classical music featuring eclectic chamber ensembles from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
We are so so excited to bring a diverse, exciting hour-long program to Ann Arbor's first and only meadery, Bløm Meadworks!
Free Admission

Briggs Competition Winners Concert - Sunday, September 16th. 8pm


Featuring the winners of the 2018 Briggs Chamber Music Competition. The Ivalas Quartet, first place laureate, will perform Janàček's String Quartet No. 1. Free Admission.

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


The Ivalas Quartet will perform Mendelssohn's string quartet in F minor, Op. 80. Free Admission.

Ivalas at Bowdoin International Music Festival - July 25th. 7:30pm

Sonata for Violin and Cello
Robin Scott, violin • Ahrim Kim, cello
Death Valley Junction
Ivalas Quartet
Anita Dumar, Reuben Kebede, violin • Caleb Georges, viola • Pedro Sánchez, cello
Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67
Mikhail Kopelman, violin • Steven Doane, cello • Pei-Shan Lee, piano
Tickets $45

Flight Deck, ME - Saturday, June 30th. 2pm


The Ivalas Quartet will perform a piece by New York based composer Jessie Montgomery. Her work titled "Strum" showcases folk american rhythms and is fresh and exciting. Free Admission
Ivalas and Sam Addler

Samuel Adler's 90th Birthday - April 7th. 8pm


For his 90th Birthday Celebration, the Ivalas Quartet will perform Sam Adler's String Quartet No. 9 at Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, MI.

Teatro Chico - Saturday, February 24th. 6pm


Teatro Chico (Little Theater) returns with Moving Forward Through the Past, an evening of music, theater, and dance that takes a modern twist on beloved classics from Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde. The performance will feature Ivalas String QuartetBlack & Brown TheatreInside Out Literary Arts' City Wide Poets, Morgan Breon, and Living Arts' Youth Dance Ensembles. The show will take place at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center and is appropriate for ages 13 and up. A suggested donation of $10.00 per adult is appreciated to support Living Arts' community programming. Youth 18 and under are free.
Ivalas at the Baldwin library

Baldwin Library - Saturday, February 17th. 2pm.


The Sphinx Organization will present the Ivalas Quartet in concert. The Sphinx Organization is the Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Members of the Ivalas Quartet include violinists Anita Dumar and Reuben Kebede, violinist Caleb Georges, and cellist Pedro Sánchez. Free Admission.

Out of the Silence - Friday, January 26th. 7pm.

A Narrated Concert to Honor Black Classical Musicians of the Past Out of the Silence celebrates the musical life of African Americans living during the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Mixing spoken narrative and live musical performances, this evening will explore the meaning of classical music to African American individuals and communities, provide insights into the social uplift music fostered in those communities, and create an awareness of the challenges faced and successes enjoyed by African American musicians. Free Admission

Calidore String Quartet Side-by-Side - Friday, November 3rd. 8pm.


The 2016 M-Prize winner Calidore String Quartet will perform Felix Mendelssohn's Octet with University of Michigan's own Ivalas Quartet. Britton Recital Hall, Free Admission.