Mary Rowell (Violin/Viola) is a freelance professional musician and teacher in the Portland area. Mary’s violin playing has been described as “brilliant” by Anne Voegtlin of the Columbian. Collaborations include performing with Andy Stein of Prairie Home Companion fame, Al Stewart and Thomas Rheingans (live from the Fries). As a freelancer, she plays many styles including, period playing (baroque violin and viola).
Currently, Mary is Concertmaster of the Bach Cantata Choir Orchestra, is an active freelancer in the Portland area, plays regularly in regional theater, teaches violin at her studio at home in the southeast and the Community Music Center, and is in a violin duo with Tatiana Kolchanova. Mary received her Masters in Music from Portland State studying with Carol Sindell. She lives in Southeast Portland with her piano-technician husband, cats, chickens and bees.
Tatiana Kolchanova is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and also earned her post-graduate Ph.D. in 1993. She is Laureate of the Russian Radio Competition, worked as a violinist for the Russian Radio and Television Orchestra for 8 years and was first violinist of the Glinka State (Russia) Quartet for ten years. She also taught at the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow Conservatory's Academic Music College and Central Music School.
Currently, she is an active freelancer in the Portland-Vancouver area, and is sought out as a chamber music coach and has a busy teaching studio.