- Oliphant Hall 309
- (714) 744-2123
- Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music in Performance
- Bridget Dolkas, first violinist and founding member of the California Quartet, is a sought-after chamber musician and has had the fortune to perform alongside such wonderful musicians as Mark O'Connor, Orli Shaham, Peter Sprague, and Paul Katz. For eight years with the California Quartet, Ms. Dolkas has performed in Europe and the United States to great acclaim, and has been performing world-wide since the age of ten. She is the Principal Second Violinist of the Pacific Symphony, where she also performs on the orchestra's chamber music series, Café Ludwig. Most recently, she performed as soloist and concertmaster with the South Coast Chamber Music Society's chamber orchestra. In addition, she performed for eight years in the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera Orchestra. She has won numerous competitions and honors including First Place in the La Jolla Symphony Young Artist and the Meadowmount Concerto Competitions, scholarships to colleges and festivals, and the USC award for Chamber Musician of the Year.
Studying chamber music under such masters as Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Fred Sherry, Toby Appel, as well as the Juilliard and Miro Quartets, has made a tremendous musical impact on Ms. Dolkas. As a student of Alice Schoenfeld, she earned her BM degree at the University of Southern California, continuing her studies with Isaac Malkin and completing an MM degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is near completion of a DMA degree from UCLA, where she studied with Mark Kaplan. Ms. Dolkas performs on a cherished 1798 Lupot violin.