The Bellarosa String Quartet was founded in 1997 with the idea of providing a high calibre of music for weddings and other events throughout Northern California and specifically the beautiful Sonoma & Napa Valley. Music provokes emotions, a sense of nostalgia, and can create the perfect ambiance for special events. Whether dreaming up a fairy-tale wedding or planning the ultimate dinner party, the music of a live string quartet, trio, duo, or solo instrument adds a touch of elegance and sophistication.
Violinist and violist, Ivy Zenobi Cochran is the founding member and coordinator of the Bellarosa String Quartet. She holds a Master of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. An active chamber musician, Ivy has been coached by Erika Raum, Erika Eckert (Cavani String Quartet), Terry Helmer (Orford String Quartet), Borromeo, St. Lawrence, Takacs, and Guarnari String Quartets, among others. Ivy is the violist in the Blume Quartet, 2007 recipients of the prestigious Felix Galmir Chamber Music Award from the University of Toronto. Their prize included a gala recital at U of T and a full scholarship to attend the Banff Centre String Chamber Music Residency program in the summer of 2007. She has also attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in the summers of 2000 & 2003.
Currently residing in Northern California, Ivy performs frequently with Santa Rosa Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, and Symphony Napa Valley; can be seen rocking out with her San Francisco based indie-rock band “Naked Fiction”; and instructing over forty private students on violin and viola. In her spare time she enjoys wine tasting, traveling, running, gourmet food, and spending time with her husband, Daniel and their french bulldog puppy, Lola.