B i o g r a p h y
Aimee Kreston, violin
Elizabeth Hedman, violin
Andrew Picken, viola
Andrew Cook, cello
The Pasadena String Quartet
is four independent free lance musicians who take great pleasure in making great music together. Each of us brings a fresh and enthusiastic approach from diverse professional and personal backgrounds, with the goal of making the performance
a conversation, not a reading.
Individually, we studied at: the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, University of Minnesota, Boston University, Manhattan School of Music (double major with piano), UCLA, Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, and Northwestern University. We have returned those gifts at the Colburn School, Pepperdine University, Longy School of Music, Hartt Conservatory, Pasadena City College, Roosevelt University, Loyola Marymount, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Pasadena
Career highlights: performing on Radio Moscow, international tours with the Chicago Symphony and LA Philharmonic,
a Carnegie Recital Hall solo recital,
a residency at the Yerevan Conservatory, playing in the Orchestre de Paris, Milwaukee Symphony, Los Angeles Opera,
Santa Barbara Symphony, and a first prize at the Concert Artist Guild Competition. The entire quartet performs with the Pasadena Symphony and the Eastern Sierra Symphony in Mammoth Lake, Ca.
Extracurricular activities: collecting geodes, enjoying wine (x4), building a large backyard railroad, hiking the John Muir Trail, playing board games, owning a cement mixer, wearing highheeled shoes (have an open mind!), hitchhiking cross country to protest (in a somewhat safer
era), woodworking, climbing Sierra peaks (x2), having a cowboy Dad, raising salmon at a hatchery, being a historian, being a certified scuba diver, collecting rejection letters for laughs, building a small Navajo loom, training to become a pilot, sewing their own clothes, minoring in English Literature, trekking Nepal, baking cakes, maintaining a Paris apartment, volunteering as a National Forest Fire Lookout, and having
enthusiasm for food (x4). Two of us are married to each other -- take a guess, but be careful, there are six possible matches, and most string players prefer not to wear rings on their left hands!
The PSQ is pleased to share our love of chamber music with you.