ABOUT THE QUARTET
Founded in 2010, CENTRAL4 was inspired to take its name after visiting the famous Central Market in Guatemala City during a tour of Central America. Moved by the variety and vibrancy of this colorful hub of activity, the players envisioned their group as a core piano quartet that would not only perform great concert chamber music but would also collaborate and grow into larger ensembles of various sizes and configurations. Elizabeth Hedman (violin), Meredith Crawford (viola), Paula Fehrenbach (cello), and Timothy Durkovic (piano) make up the quartet which has since performed frequently in their home base of Los Angeles as well as in returns to Guatemala and tours of Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire and Northern California.
Residing in Los Angeles, violinist ELIZABETH HEDMAN enjoys the many diverse musical opportunities the area offers. She is the Principal Second and occasional Guest Concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony as well as a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony. Also Elizabeth has begun a recording career, participating in various film and pop music projects (Salt, Sex And The City 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Smurfs, Colbie Caillat, etc.). Ms. Hedman's foremost love is chamber music and she embraces every opportunity to perform in that genre. As a founding member of Central4, she has traveled in 2010 and 2013 to perform concerts in Guatemala City. Elizabeth received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Violin Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was taught by Donald Weilerstein. Other main teachers include Margaret Pressley and Naoko Tanaka on violin and Beth Hall on piano. Elizabeth has given recitals throughout the United States and has soloed with many orchestras including The National Repertory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwest Chamber and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestras. Ms. Hedman is also a recording artist for Buysoundtrax Records and can be heard on various recordings of music from the Twilight films, Titanic: A Musical Journey, music from The Bounty, and The Snowman, all offered on iTunes and Amazon.
Violist Meredith Crawford, a Maine native, is the Principal Violist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and studied under the tutelage of Professor Peter Slowik at Oberlin College and Conservatory. She graduated in 2009 after completing Oberlin’s double-degree program with both a B.M. in Viola Performance and a B.A. in English Literature. After being inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society, she received the prestigious Prize for Musicianship, awarded to students judged to be “the most outstanding of those elected to Pi Kappa Lambda.” Crawford was the first-prize winner of the Ohio Viola Society’s annual competition in 2007, the 2009 Skokie Valley Symphony Annual Young Artist Competition and the 2009-10 Oberlin Conservatory Competition—the first win for a violist in over a decade.MEREDITH CRAWFORD is the Principal viola of Orange County's Pacific Symphony, and of the Eastern Festival Orchestra (as part of the Eastern Music Festival) led by Gerard Schwarz. She has performed with the LA Philharmonic, the LA Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Riverside Philharmonic. She is an avid chamber musician, performing with groups such as the Salastina Music Society, Le Salon de Musiques, the Fayetteville Music Festival, the Historic Portsmouth Chamber Music Society, and the Canadaigua Lake Music Festival. Crawford also records for film and television scores, with recent titles including Godzilla, Big Hero 6, Wolverine, Empire and American Crime. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she received a BM in Viola Performance and a BA in English Literature.
Currently a chamber musician, teacher and orchestral musician in Los Angeles, cellist PAULA FEHRENBACH began her musical life in the public schools of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and received her first formal training in cello upon her acceptance to the Peabody Conservatory as a college student. After degrees from Peabody with Yehuda Hanani and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with Steven Shumway, she was chosen by Lynn Harrell to join his first class at the University of Southern California where she received her doctorate in 1992. She then spent three years with the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas before returning to Southern California where she now pursues a varied career as artist and teacher. She performs regularly with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the New West Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Paula has played has played in several Broadway productions including The Lion King, Wicked, West Side Story, The Addams Family, Peter Pan, and Jekyll and Hyde. Paula is a founding member of Central4, a Los Angeles based piano quartet and is also currently on the faculty of the Pasadena City College and Long Beach City College.
Los Angeles based pianist, Timothy Durkovic, is an active soloist and chamber musician, collaborating regularly with some of world’s finest instrumentalists and vocalists including Lynn Harrell, Martin Chalifour, Helen Callus, Movses Pogossian, Timothy Landauer, Richard O’Neil, Jonathan Mack, the Calder Quartet, the Miró Quartet, and the Casal Quartet among others. He is the Grand Prize Winner of the 1996 Los Angels Liszt Competition as well as a winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions, the Carmel Music Society Competition, the 2001 San Diego Duo Piano Competition and the 2001 IBLA Grand Prize Duo Award (Sicily, Italy) with his duo partner Chie Nagatani, as well as the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award from the USC Thornton School of Music. He has served as the Director of Keyboard Studies at Long Beach
City College as well as on the faculties of the Orange County High School
of the Arts, the University of La Verne, and the USC Thornton School of Music. He also performs regularly as part of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. His playing has been described as having great “sensitivity to colors” (Salt Lake City Tribune) and “effortless, with the music always in the forefront, and an overall effect…of music making that is too rarely heard.” (Frederick Swann). His CD recording “Gargoyles,” available on iTunes, received rave reviews as being “an incisive and exciting performance” from Lowell Lieberman, the title track’s composer himself. He has also performed and arranged music for advertising campaigns for clients such as Christina Aguilera and Dignity Health. Born and raised in Guatemala, Mr. Durkovic studied at the National Conservatory of Guatemala, the Juilliard School, Salem College and the USC Thornton School of Music. Tim is also a luxury property broker-associate with Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Please visit his website for more information at www.timothydurkovic.com.
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