iconiQ String Quartet (also “iconiQ Strings” and “iconiQuartet”) is a dynamic special events string ensemble. Managed by BLC3Music Services, iconiQuartet performs an eclectic mix of pop and classical pieces with a talented roster of New York’s finest young musicians. The ensemble has performed for Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper, Alberta Ferretti “Impulse” Collection for Macy’s New York preview show, designer Tara Subkoff’s “Imitation of Christ” fashion show, and on singer-songwriter Blake Pfeil‘s Wallpaper album.
Bobbie Crow, cello & manager
Cellist and manager Bobbie Lee Crow III is one of the most versatile performers and arrangers working on the east coast. A cellist by training and an orchestrator by passion, he has credits in many performing arts industries – classical, film & television, jazz, pop, theater, and video game. As a composer, Bobbie has written pieces for the web, the concert hall, and the stage including his first musical The Tale of Murasaki. As an arranger, Bobbie has had the privilege of collaborating with Blake Pfeil on his debut album Wallpaper and ABC’s X-Factor finalist Khaya. As a cellist, he has worked alongside award-winning composer Bobby Cronin, Japanese pop singer KIYOTAKA, Tony Award-winner Patina Miller, and Grammy-nominated composer David Tolley. Bobbie is the founder of BLC3Music Services, LLC and Artistic Director of the anime, cartoon, and video game chamber ensemble iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra. He received his Bachelor’s of Music from The Ohio State University with additional musical training at Otterbein University.
Tia Allen, viola
Violist Tia Allen has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Royal Opera House of Muscat, and the Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Paul Gemignani, George Manahan, and Phillipe Entremont. A Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music graduate from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Tia is a freelance has performed alongside pop stars Seal, Cee-Lo Green, and Nikki Jean on The Late Show with David Letterman. She is a six-summer veteran of the Aspen Music festival and has performed at festivals in Graz, Austria and Nice, France. A student of Karen Dreyfus, Tia received her Professional Studies certificate in Performance and a Professional Graduate Diploma in the Orchestral Performance Program from the Manhattan School of Music.
Christina Bouey, violin
Violinist Christina Bouey has been praised by the New York Times, Opera News, and the New York Post for her “exquisite” and “beautiful” playing, even causing one music critic to proclaim he “died and went to heaven” upon listening (NY Post). A Professional Studies graduate from Manhattan School of Music, she has performed as soloist with Bergen Symphony, Prince Edward Island Symphony, Hemenway Strings and has shared the stage with Alexander Markov and Elizabeth Woo at Carnegie Hall. Christina has been awarded the Hugo Kortchak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music, 2nd prize Canadian National Music Festival, third prize Queens Concerto Competition (NYC), and the Manhattan School of Music Balsam Duo Competition. In 2014, she was commissioned by Julliard dance students to compose and perform music for dance as part of the 150th year celebrations on PEI. Christina frequently performs with the conductor-less string ensemble Shattered Glass.
Annette Homann, violin
Violinist and composer Annette Homann has been performing since the age of six in her native country of Germany. A graduate from Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, she and relocated to New York and earned her Master’s of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. Annette toured Europe, USA, Canada, Central America and China with the critically acclaimed theatrical violin show Barrage from 2006-2009 and performs regularly with New England Symphonic Ensemble, Bianchi Musica, Élan Artists, and Joe Gallant’s Illuminati Orchestra. She was featured as violinist/singer/actress for the productions of What I’m Failing to Learn and Julian Po for the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). In 2014, she released her 13-song original debut album entitled Heimatgefühle and will be embarking on an international album tour in the US and Germany.
Jason Mellow, violin/viola
A native of New York City, Jason Mellow began playing violin at the age of 4. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York, and in 2013 completed a Master of Music degree from Indiana University with a Dean’s Scholarship and a Music Merit Award. His teachers have included Professor Mark Kaplan and Dr. Ann Setzer. An avid performer of new music, Jason has participated in various ensembles, including the Mannes Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Holographic New Music Project, and he was awarded the Prix d’Interprétation Composition from the Fontainebleau School in France for the mastery of world premiere performances of new music. Since returning to New York, Jason has maintained a busy freelance career as a violinist and violist. He was most recently a member of the orchestra for both the New York Spring Spectacular and the 2014 Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, and is a regular violist with American Ballet Theater and Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera. Since 2014 he has also been on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s “Music Partners Program.” Jason has been a member of The Chelsea Symphony since 2013 and can be seen Amazon Studios’ Mozart in the Jungle with Bernadette Peters and Joshua Bell.
Nicholas Pauly, viola
Violist Nicholas Pauly is a Suzuki-certified teacher, improviser, and performer of contemporary classical music. A Brooklyn native, he received his Bachelor’s from Rutgers University and Master’s of Music from Manhattan School of Music. He toured China with Manhattan Symphonie led by conductor Gregory Singer in 2014 and was featured in Washington Heights Music Society’s concert of music by Douglas Townsend. Nicholas has premiered new works for viola be contemporary composers Anthony Constantino, Alessio Olivieri, and Hálldor Smárasonis. If not teaching as a group violin/viola instructor at a Success Academy middle school through the Harmony Program, Third Street Music School Settlement, Woodmere Music Studios in Long Island, or in his own private lesson studio, he can be found on Youtube performing works for solo viola.