OUR TEAM

Pablo Hopenhayn

Founder, Violinist/Producer

Interdisciplinary Music Composition
UCLA (University of California Los Angeles)

Los Angeles-based session player/producer Pablo Hopenhayn has worked with Disney, Pixar, Dancing with the Stars, EastWest Hollywood Strings, television producers and film composers in LA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has collaborated with multiple Grammy Award winning producer Rafa Arcaute, as well as being hired by Vitamin Records to produce for and be musical director of the Los Angeles based Vitamin String Quartet.

Born in Buenos Aires, Pablo studied violin and viola at the International Menuhin Academy in Blonnay, Switerzland with Alberto Lysy and with Guillaume Sutre at UCLA. He obtained an Interdisciplinary Music Composition degree from UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music as well as an Audio Engineering Certificate from the school of Film and Television.

In Los Angeles, Pablo is a widely sought after session player for his versatility; not only as a classical player but also as an improvising artist in genres such as rock, pop, jazz, bluegrass, tango and flamenco. Pablo has toured worldwide performing hundreds of international shows including Forever Tango on Dancing with the Stars, as well as with Latin Grammy and US Grammy award winners such as Mark O’Connor, Diego Torres, Julieta Venegas, Marco Antonio Solis and Andres Calamaro.

Laura Hackstein

Concert Violinist/Violist

Alice Nelson Competition winner

California born concert violinist/session player Laura Hackstein started the violin at the age of 4 and began working professionally at the age of 10. Since then she has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, orchestra musician (as concertmaster and section player), and has performed under the tutelage of Henri Temianka and Glenn Dicterow for television, radio and film.

She attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on full scholarship and was the youngest student in history to be accepted at the Music Academy of the West, also on full scholarship. She has won the Alice Nelson Competition and the Performing Arts Scholarship Competition and has performed as soloist with the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra, Central Coast Chamber Orchestra, Santa Maria Symphony and Santa Barbara Youth Symphony.

She taught violin and viola at Cate School, Crane school, Boys and Girls Club, coached chamber music at Santa Barbara Strings as well as teaching violin and viola in her private studio. She can be seen in the documentary film "The Unknown Violinist of Santa Barbara

Juan Ignacio Emme

Cello

Artist Diploma, The Colburn School

Principal Cellist of the Symphonic Orchestra of Euskadi, Spain since 2010, Juan Ignacio Emme has toured worldwide as a concert cellist as well as principal cellist for the Schleswig-Holstein orchestra of Germany and the YOA, Youth Orchestra of the Americas performing with Yo-Yo Ma, Bebo Valdez, and Paquito D’Rivera.

Juan won full a full scholarship to study in the University of Tel Aviv with Maestro Hillel Zori and later obtained his postgraduate degree from the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, California.

In 2011 Juan was chosen for his versatility to work as principal cellist for Esession Strings. He is equally at home in the concert hall as well as in the recording studio. Juan has recorded for many of LA’s top film and television producers, for music producers in the U.S., Spain, and Latin America and for CMH label group as one of the cello session players for the Los Angeles based Vitamin String Quartet.

Boryana Popova

Violinist

Doctor in Musical Arts in violin performance
UCLA (University of California Los Angeles)

Los Angeles-based concert violinist/session player, Boryana Popova performed at Royce Hall as concertmaster of the UCLA Philharmonia for jazz legend Kenny Burrell’s 80th Birthday Celebration, with BB King, Stevie Wonder, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Born in Bulgaria, Boryana arrived in Los Angeles in 2007 where she completed both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in violin performance at UCLA under the instruction of Professors Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre. Boryana was awarded UCLA’s Mimi Feldman and Mo Ostin scholarships and she currently plays on a violin and bow provided by the Maestro Foundation.

Boryana performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the Varna Summer Music Festival, Sofia Spring Contemporary Music Festival and Pianissimo Music Festival. She was selected as principal second violinist for the Italian Music Festival Pergine Spettacolo Aperto for three consecutive years and also performed in master classes led by Frederic Pellasy (France), Evelio Tieles (Cuba), and Alberto Martini (Italy). She has performed at Disney Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, NOKIA Theater, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater, Fox Theater Riverside, Getty Center, Royce Hall, Zipper Hall, Schoenberg Hall, Fowler Museum and the UCLA Reagan Medical Center.

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