Principal, Elizabeth and John Stahr Chair
Bridget Dolkas is a passionate and vibrant member of the Southern California musical community. As first violinist and founding member of the California Quartet, she co-founded the Connections Chamber Music Series (connectionsmusic.com), of which Tim Mangan of the Orange County Register wrote, “a worthy series.” Since the year 2000, the California Quartet has performed in Europe and the United States to great acclaim.
Dolkas has performed world-wide since the age of 10. In recent years, she has performed as soloist with South Coast Chamber Orchestra and Poway Symphony. She performed for eight years in the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera Orchestra. Studying chamber music under such masters as Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Fred Sherry, Toby Appel, as well as the Juilliard, Alexander and Miro Quartets, it has made a tremendous musical impact on Dolkas.
As a student of Alice Schoenfeld, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern California, continuing her studies with Isaac Malkin and completing a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is near completion of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UCLA, where she studied with Mark Kaplan. Dolkas resides in the beautiful town of Carlsbad with her husband Sean (a trombonist) and two wonderful children, Miles and Ruby.