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Beginning in 1978, the Dakota String Quartet presented concerts and workshops throughout a five-state region, making strings “a natural resource” for our state. The diverse backgrounds of the Dakota String Quartet magically meld and create a superior ensemble. The majority of the ensemble’s time is spent on tour, performing at concert halls, colleges, community centers and public schools. Through their individual roles as string principals in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, they bring music enrichment and leadership to people of all ages.
Doosook Kim has been Concertmaster with the SDSO and the first violinist of the Dakota String Quartet since 1995. Kim, a native of Korea, started her musical training by beginning to play the piano at the age of four and the violin at seven. Dr. Kim was invited to join the Orchestre des Régions Européennes and performed in Germany and France and regularly travels to Korea to perform and teach. She maintains a highly successful teaching studio in violin performance. Kim plays a Francesco Ruggeri violin dated from 1686 in Cremona.
Magdalena Modzelewska started playing violin at age six and attended career oriented music schools in her native Poland. She enjoyed an extensive solo and chamber music career in Europe, performing in Poland, Germany, England, France, and Switzerland before moving to the United States in 1998 to join the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra as principal second violinist. She founded Flower and Flame, a project that joins music with dramatic storytelling, and she also plays Celtic fiddle in Maggie in the Meantime. Magdalena is a certified Suzuki instructor and maintains a private teaching studio, she also teaches at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD.
Yi-Chun Lin, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, violinist, violist, and pianist, was appointed Principal Viola in 2018. She has performed as soloist with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, and the Akademische Orchester at the Gewanhaus concert hall in Leipzig. Lin is also a passionate music educator and chamber musician.
Cellist Robert Erhard was appointed Principal Cello in 2020 after a season as Acting Principal Cello. Robert holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado Boulder where he studied with Judith Glyde and Thomas Heinrich, and holds a Master of Music from Eastman School of Music.