The Bespoke Team
Caitlin Tarver, Owner of Bespoke Strings & Cellist
Caitlin Tarver is a versatile, multi-faceted cellist with over 17 years of classical training and performing experience. She also has 12 years of teaching experience. Her education includes a bachelor of arts degree in Cello Performance from the College of Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina) where she was a four-year recipient of the Kite Scholarship in Strings. Her classical background includes a long list of professional solo and ensemble performances, most notably Carnegie Hall in New York City. Caitlin has also established herself as a contemporary and innovative performer on both traditional and electric cello. A rising YouTube sensation (9+ million views), Caitlin continues to showcase a multitude of music genres such as pop, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. Two of her most recent pop performances were as a stage cellist in three Michael Buble concerts on his 2013 concert tour and also with George Benson and the North Charleston Pops Orchestra in 2014.
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Chelsea Murphy, violin
Chelsea Murphy began playing the violin at age 4, studying with acclaimed Suzuki instructor, Carol Sykes until the age of 13. For the following five years, Chelsea was an active member of the Boston Youth Symphony under Federico Cortese, playing in some of the world's most renowned venues, such as Boston's Symphony Hall, England's Chichester Cathedral and Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall. During this time with the BYSO, she studied with BSO violinist, John Holland and went on numerous international tours. During the summer months, Chelsea spent time at festivals such as Soundfest Chamber Festival, under the Colorado String Quartet and Tanglewood's Young Artists Orchestra. Son after, she went on to study with Dana and Yuriy Mazurkevich, students of renowned violinist, David Oistranhk, at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. She then continued her education at the College of Charleston where she studied with CSO Concertmaster, Yuriy Bekker. Durikng her time at the College of Cgarleston, she was an active member in the Charleston music scene and the Concertmaster of the College of Charleston Orchestra. Currently, she is actively playing in venues around Charleston and teaching young children at a local Montessori school.
Mayumi Nakamura, violin
Mayumi Nakamura began studying the violin at the age of nine. By age twelve, she was a featured soloist on a live radio broadcast with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. She has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
Mayumi gave her New York City recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 2002. Mayumi also has a broad range of orchestral experience, having performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony, and many others.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music before moving to America, where she earned a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2000 and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music in 2003. Her teachers included Ariana Bronne and Todd Phillips respectively.
Robbi Kenney, violin/piano
Robbi Kenney is an arts producer, composer, and arranger who is passionate about supporting other artists while bringing exciting programs to a variety of audiences. She began her formal training at the age of 4 and knew by the age of 6 that she would pursue music professionally. Her major teachers were Fernando Laires (Eastman School of Music), Oliver Steiner (Georgia State University), and Beth Newdome (former Atlanta Symphony assistant concertmaster). As a collaborative pianist, she served as the accompanist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Gospel Chorus, the College of Charleston Concert Choir, and the Charleston Ballet Theatre. This led her to work as a guest music director for the Dock Street Theatre, the Footlight Players Repertory Company, the Village Playhouse, Midtown Studios, and the Charleston Music Hall. In 2008 she formed and organized Little City Musical Theatre Company, which was awarded the title of "Best New Musical Theatre Company 2009" by the Charleston City Paper. As a violinist, Miss Kenney has performed for 3 seasons as a first violinist with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to performing with the Aurari Gypsy Jazz Ensemble, the Roanoke Opera Company, the Savannah Theatre Company, and the North Charleston Pops Orchestra, where she currently serves as Principal Violist. As a pops artist, she has recorded with Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish) and has performed live with Quiana Parler, Michael Bublé, Elise Testone, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Strings of the South, Aslyn, Justin Rosolino, Martin Chalk, and Sarah McLachlan.
Elizabeth Johnson, cello
Elizabeth Johnson is a classically trained cellist from Charleston who performs regularly with the North Charleston Pops! Orchestra and with various chamber ensembles for local weddings and events. She was a featured soloist of the Young Artist Series for Piccolo Spoleto in 2016 and 2017, and has performed with Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Jackie Evancho from America’s Got Talent. In addition to her performing engagements, Elizabeth is a full time orchestra teacher for Charleston County School District at Simmons-Pinckney Middle School and James Simons Montessori School, and instructs private cello lessons to students of all ages. Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s of Music from the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Jesselson and Dr. Gail V. Barnes, and completed an Artist Certificate in Cello Performance from the College of Charleston with Professor Natalia Khoma.
Zoe Whittaker, violin
Zoe Whittaker has been studying the violin for over 14 years. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Violin Performance from the College of Charleston in May 2014 and is beginning her Masters of Music Degree this Fall. Zoe was the Assistant Principal of the College of Charleston Chamber Orchestra for 4 years and the recipient of the CATO Arts Scholarship. Additionally she was awarded the Mary Stewart Allen Award for Violin in May 2013 and the Outstanding Student Award for Music in May 2014 from the College of Charleston. Performances include those with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival 'Young Artists Series', Beaufort Symphony Orchestra and USC Symphony Orchestra. Zoe was recently contracted as a violinist with the Flagstaff Symphony and was awarded a graduate assistantship from Northern Arizona University.
Victoria Milligan, violin
Victoria Milligan is an accomplished violinist and has studied classical violin for 15 years. She was accepted to the School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina where she studied music and was also principal violinist in the School of the Arts Orchestra. Victoria has been featured in many live performances in the Charleston area. One of which is Strings and Salsa. She currently is an intern for CMT (Country Music Television) while performing private events across the southeast.
Samantha Clark, viola
Samantha Clark (Price) began playing the viola at age 6 in Lexington, Kentucky. During her studies here, she participated in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra- including their Italy tour in 2002 and winning their Bochardt Concerto Competition, Kentucky All State Orchestra, and attended the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and SCAPA (School of the Creative and Performing Arts). All of this lead to her decision to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. While in Spartanburg, she studied with Miles Hoffman, founder of The American Chamber Players and commentator for NPR. She also performed in the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony, Hendersonville Symphony and the Brevard Philharmonic. Samantha then earned her Master’s degree in Viola Performance at CCM in Cincinnati, where she studied with Dr. Catharine Carroll and Masao Kawasaki. She is currently an active teacher and performer in the Charleston area.
Matt Peebles, violin/viola
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, violin/violist Matt Peebles earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina, studying violin with Ryan Kho and Neil Casey, and viola with Constance Gee. He plays regularly throughout the Southeastern United States, most recently with the Charleston and Hilton Head symphonies, and as a founding member of the North Charleston Pops!. He has played concert tours through Hungary, Austria, Italy, and Spain, including performances with the Dochnanyi Orchestra Budafok and a featured performance at the 2011 Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy. He has also performed with such notable groups as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Earth Wind and Fire, and Mannheim Steamroller. An active music educator, Mr Peebles taught for four years at the USC String Project, and spent two summers as a resident counselor and staff violin/violist for the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory at the USC School of Music. He was formerly Orchestra Director at DuBose Middle School and Ashley Ridge High School, and was named DuBose Middle School Rookie of the Year and Dorchester School District Two Honor Rookie of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year. He is a regular violin/viola clinician for SCMEA orchestra events, and maintains a private violin/viola studio in Charleston, South Carolina. Outside of music, he holds a USCG Master Captain’s license, and one is likely to find him enjoying the waters off the coast of South Carolina for both work and play.
Hayden Wilson, violin/viola
Hayden Wilson is currently studying Violin Performance with Deirdre Hutton at Furman University in Greenville, SC. She has over fifteen years of violin solo, chamber, and orchestra experience- as well as viola chamber music and orchestra experience- and has over five years of wedding chamber and solo music on both the violin and the viola. Hayden has served as the Concertmaster of the South Carolina Western Region Orchestra, South Carolina All-State Orchestra, and Greenville County Youth Orchestra Young Artist Orchestra, as well as concert soloist with The Philharmonic and Young Artist Orchestra. She is currently a principal violinist in the Furman Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of Furman’s Hartness Quartet. When not practicing or performing, Hayden may be found studying for her pre-medicine classes or blogging about her life as a student at Furman.
Maximilian Mross, piano
Maximilian Mross grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began studying piano when he was only three years old, and showed such extraordinary talent that by the age of twelve, he was admitted to the Duquesne University music program. At Duquesne, Max studied college level music theory and performance with some of the region'a best college students and professors. After the program, Max continued studying piano under Dr. Taras Filenko, the renowned winner of the International Piano Series. Max has a passion for people and went on to study Sociology and Music at the College of Charleston. You can find Max on YouTube with over 9 million views on his latest video with cellist Caitlin Tarver.