Pappone, Lee, Holub, and Dicker Quartet

String Quartet

Comprised of violinists Nicholas Pappone and EJ Lee, violist Elizabeth Holub, and cellist Talia Dicker, these four musicians lead diverse careers across New York City in a variety of roles around music, education, entrepreneurship, and outreach.

Nicholas Pappone, lauded as a "first rate" violinist by Maestro Lorin Maazel, makes a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher in New York City. A former professional actor, playing the role of a prodigy violinist in a film inspired his interest in the instrument. Nicholas has performed with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Emerson String Quartet, the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Piano Trio, and the Zukerman Chamber PlayersNicholas has appeared as soloist with the Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, the Pacific Palisades Symphony, New York Session Symphony, and the New Westchester Symphony. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, the Boulder International Duo Competition, Rutgers University, WMP Concert Hall's Strad for Lunch, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Heliconian Hall in Toronto, Canada.

Violinist E.J. Lee joined The Chelsea Symphony in 2010. She began her violin practice in Seoul, Korea at the age of four and graduated Manhattan School of Music with a masters degree in 2004. E.J. has performed on stage at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully at Lincoln Center in NYC and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The depth of her practice led to intersections with conductors such as Charles Dutoit and Kurt Masur, and with composers such as Pierre Boulez. She maintains connections to the fashion and media industries and has toured with Clay Aiken, performed at Kenzo x H&M fashion show, and maintained a recurring presence in the first two seasons of the Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle. She has been an active music educator for over two decades and teaches at Convent of Sacred Heart, Geneva Conservatory of Music, and Riverdale Country School. E.J. demonstrates a commitment to service through her roles as a board member at The Chelsea Symphony, as an advocate for outreach. She actively seeks to address a larger philanthropic goal of bringing music to audiences to whom access is often challenging to attend concert halls.

Originally from the dusty desert of Tucson, AZ, Beth Holub began playing viola at the age of nine after pestering her parents for music lessons for many years. She also moonlights as an electric bass player, and plays viola and violin with bands and for studio recordings. Beth has performed with Cat Power and the Memphis Rhythm Band, recorded with LA/London record producer Ed Buller of the Psychedelic Furs, and records for established groups in Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York at studios. She has performed with the Bangor Symphony (ME), Guerilla Opera (MA), Juventas New Music Ensemble (MA), Boston Opera Collaborative (MA), MetroWest Opera (MA), the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (NY), the Contemporary Music Ensemble at CUNY, The Chelsea Symphony (NY), as well as with other various orchestras, opera companies, and chamber music ensembles. Beth currently works in Arts Marketing and Public Relations, and is pursuing an MBA in Marketing at Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business. She was honored in 2015 by Direct Marketing News as a 40 under 40 professional to watch, and attended both the League of American Orchestra’s Essentials of Orchestra Management arts marketing intensive training program (2011) and National Arts Strategies’ Senior Management Leadership Seminar (2016-2017). You can find a New York Times video of her talking about an 8-foot tall giant tuba on YouTube.

Talia Dicker is a dynamic and versatile cellist with an abiding enthusiasm for contemporary, orchestral, and chamber music performance. She currently resides in New York City, where she is an active performer and teacher throughout the northeast corridor. Past engagements include positions in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Civic Orchestra’s MusiCorps program for comprehensive outreach and music education, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Talia received her Bachelor of Music with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with Brandon Vamos of the Pacifica Quartet. She went on to earn a Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott.