Raphael Spiro String Quartet (RSQ) was formed in the summer of 2012 as a legacy and a living memorial to the late Raphael Spiro (1905-2000) when the three upper string players learned at a chamber music gathering that their principal violin teacher had been Mr. Spiro. The band is known for their formal recital concerts, educational workshops for audiences ranging from elementary to college level, contribution to local community and neighbourhood outreach programs. Additionally, they also love to perform at weddings, parties and celebrations.
Violinist Irene Gadeholt was earlier a concertmaster and soloist with the Portland Junior Symphony (now PYP). She was a featured soloist with the Portland State University orchestra during her undergraduate study in music. Currently, she is actively performing with many local chamber music groups and continues to mentor young musicians through her private teaching studio.
Violinist Mary Ann Coggins Kaza pursued an extensive professional musical career of thousands of performances during her remarkable 42 years with the Oregon Symphony including concerts at the Hollywood Bowl (CA) and Carnegie Hall (NYC). She has performed with the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theatre, West Coast Chamber Orchestra, Little Orchestra of Portland and with the former Kaza String Quartet. She teaches strings at Lake Music in Lake Oswego and is a passionate artist in her not-so-often spare time.
Violist Sharon Eng is a member of Classical Nuances (ob, va pn) for over 20 years and has performed to rave reviews at the United Nations in NYC, Athens Opera House, Australia’s National Museum, Seoul’s Performing Arts Center and the Sultan’s family in Kuwait among others. She maintains two private studios, teaches strings with the Portland Parks and Recreation is on the faculty of the Intermuse lnternational Music Institute and Festival (IMIF) at Mount St. Mary’s Univ. in Maryland.
Cellist Gayle Budd O’Grady is currently a member of the Oregon Symphony. She has performed with the orchestras of the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the West Coast Chamber Orchestra. Before coming to Portland, she was a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada. Today, Gayle’s busy schedule also includes teaching private students of all ages.