Ocean String Quartet
The Ocean String Quartet is a professional acoustic string quartet founded in September 2003. The group has enjoyed playing for many different special events including weddings, receptions and studio performances. They have performed at various venues on the Treasure Coast such as: The Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, The Vero Beach Art Museum, Costa D'Este, Windsor and many other garden and beachside venues.
Matt Stott, Violin
Matt is an active string artist and teacher in the Vero Beach string community. He’s a director of the IRC Public School Orchestra Program which includes 5 schools. He attended Baylor University in Texas where he graduated with a degree in Music Education. Since then he’s performed with many string ensembles and as a Soloist with orchestras in the state of Florida. Matt also coaches high school basketball and enjoys keeping active in the community by participating in local marathons. He also enjoys traveling, hiking and camping in many parts of the country.
Richard Ballinger, Viola
Richard is a director in the IRC Public School Orchestra Program where he has more than 170 string students. He attended Florida Southern College where he graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree. Richard came to Vero Beach in 2004 after teaching privately and directing youth orchestras in Stuart, Florida. He has performed in and as a soloist with several orchestras throughout the state of Florida. When he's not busy teaching or performing he's busy playing with the couple’s beagle, surfing, boating or swimming… thus the inspiration for the Quartet’s name.
Nicole Ballinger, Violin
Nicole has been performing for more than 20 years and started her musical studies with private instruction in Rhode Island.
After her move to Florida she continued in music performance along with her husband Richard. She has performed with several community orchestras, among them the Indian River Pops. She enjoys teaching a multi-diverse private string studio in Vero Beach. After music she enjoys community volunteering, beach time, gourmet cooking, photography, travel & interior decoration and design.
Adriana Stenvik, Cello
Adriana is an accomplished professional cellist and a dedicated teacher. Performing regularly in the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Craig Turley Orchestras, Beautiful Music, Ocean String Quartet, Nova Era, The Walt Disney World Orchestra, and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, she divides her time between symphonic performance, performing in backup orchestras for national touring groups, and her private teaching studio in Vero Beach, Florida. Adriana also previously held the position of principal cellist of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. She has shared the stage with the violin master Joshua Bell and famous pop artists such as Seal, Sting, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, and David Foster, and has toured Florida with The Irish Three Tenors, The Ten Tenors, Duran Duran, The Transiberian Orchestra, Ray Price, Ill Divo, The Indigo Girls, Celtic Woman, and the Electric Light Orchestra among others. As an educator, Adriana has a private studio of over ten young aspiring students of cello and bass. She also coaches the cellists of Vero Beach High School. Adriana holds a Bachelor of Music in performance, and Master of Arts in Music, with a specialization in string pedagogy, from the University of Central Florida. She has also worked as an adjunct professor of string techniques in the past.
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