CSUN’s Samuel Goldberg Honors String Quartet is named in recognition of the Samuel Goldberg Foundation for its longtime generous patronage, with special thanks to trustee Michael Levine for making the foundation's annual gift possible. Substantial support for the quartet also comes from David and Gita Kronen.
(left to right) Michael Gintz, Greg Von Notias, Madeleine Hogue, Joshua Rim
Madeleine Hogue, First Violin: A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Madeleine began her studies on the violin at age 7. Throughout grade school, she held positions with numerous regional youth orchestras, and in 2008 performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City as a member of the North Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2012, Madeleine attended the University of Arkansas to study with Er-Gene Kahng. In 2014, she performed the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto with the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and performed as a finalist in the Trinity Presents: Collegiate Performance Showcase in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has participated in master classes with soloists Alexander Markov and Elizabeth Pitcairn, and premiered works by Andrea Clearfield and Stacey V. Gibbs. In recent years, she has held positions with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Opera Fayetteville pit orchestra, and Walton Arts Center pit orchestra. She served as the concertmaster of the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for the ‘15/‘16 year, and has taught violin and viola lessons through the U of A Community Music School since 2014. In her free time, Madeleine enjoys traveling and performing music from a variety of genres, from large choral works to traditional folk music. In 2016, she toured both regionally and internationally with the University of Arkansas Schola Cantorum, performing throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. Madeleine is the concertmaster of the CSUN Symphony Orchestra and this is her second year in the Samuel Goldberg Honors String Quartet. Madeleine and the quartet performed in master classes recently for Jonah Sirota of the Chiara String Quartet and Ovidiu Marinescu, professor at West Chester University. Madeleine is a second-year graduate student pursuing her M.M. in Violin Performance, studying with Lorenz Gamma.
Joshua Rim, Second Violin: A native of Northridge, California, Joshua studied privately with CSUN’s violin professor Lorenz Gamma, prior to starting college. Prior to his studies with Prof. Gamma, Joshua took his violin lessons privately at the Colburn School in Los Angeles with Sam Fischer. Joshua started playing the violin at age five and soon started to participate in a great variety of musical activities in his community. He first participated in the Camerata Orchestra of the CSUN Youth Symphony in 5th grade and immediately advanced to the Philharmonic Orchestra the next year. In middle school, Joshua served as concertmaster of his orchestra until graduation and was also a member of the Colburn School Orchestra. He participated in several violin competitions, winning a first, second or third place each time. A few years ago, Joshua’s violin playing was interrupted due to a condition affecting his hearing. The situation became severe enough that he was forced to quit playing the violin from the middle of eighth grade year all the way until his junior year in high school. However, after recovering successfully from surgery, he decided to continue to pursue his passion for music and the violin, and he was happy to join CSUN’s music program in the fall of 2016. This is Joshua’s second year in the Samuel Goldberg Honors String Quartet. Joshua and the quartet performed in master classes recently for Jonah Sirota of the Chiara String Quartet and Ovidiu Marinescu, professor at West Chester University. Joshua is a sophomore pursuing his B.M. in Violin Performance, studying with Lorenz Gamma.
Greg Von Notias, Viola: A native of Houston, Texas, Greg was born into a family with wide-ranging musical tastes. He started learning the viola when he was eleven years old and the violin when he was eighteen. He fell in love with California when he attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy, a boarding school in Southern California. He has a wide-ranging love of music - orchestral, opera, chamber and solo viola and violin, all of which are his musical passions. Greg is also a composer. He moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and was married a year later. In Texas, Greg performed regularly in two professional orchestras and now performs regularly in orchestras in Santa Monica, Pasadena, and Glendale and accepts work as a freelance studio musician. Music and music history are true passions in his life and he will pursue post-graduate degrees to teach at the highest level the music that has inspired him. He has performed at festivals from coast to coast and in venues across North America. He is married to Elizabeth Von Notias, a professional graphic artist. They live in Altadena, CA with their two cats and two dogs. This is Greg’s first year in the Samuel Goldberg Honors String Quartet. Greg is a senior pursuing his B.M. in Viola Performance, studying with Lorenz Gamma.
Michael Gintz, ‘Cello: A native of North Hills, California. Michael began playing the ‘cello at age 7 through the public school music program. While growing up, he played in the Los Angeles All City Honors Orchestras through high school. He began private study through the Saturday Youth Conservatory at what was then known as San Fernando State College - now, CSUN. Over the years, Michael’s cello teachers have included JoAnn Johansen, Beverly LeBeck, Gregory Bemko, Noumi Fischer and most recently Victor Sazer. Michael’s college years included three years at the University of Hawaii, Manoa as a music major where he earned music scholarships and represented the State of Hawaii in the Congress of Strings summer honors program. The Congress of Strings included lessons and master classes with Ron Leonard. Michael’s studies continued at CSUN as a music major studying with Peter Rejto. He ran the Music for Youth program in his junior year on campus while teaching for the LA Unified School District. Michael completed his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and has since earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration through Pepperdine University. Michael has had an accomplished professional career in Financial Services. He has combined his business expertise with his love of music and passion for education, guest speaking numerous times at CSUN for Music Entrepreneurship classes consisting of students from both the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication and the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. For the last six years, he has enjoyed playing in Community Orchestras which include the Palisades Symphony and LA Lawyers Philharmonic. In March 2012, Michael was selected to play in the 110 member cello orchestra finale of the Piatigorsky Festival at Disney Concert Hall. Michael’s love for chamber music was rekindled several years ago through participating and performing in chamber music workshops at Humboldt State University and University of California, Santa Barbara. Michael was a co-founder of the String Orchestra Project in West Los Angeles and played as the orchestra’s principal ‘cellist. He has also been an active participant in the L.A. celebration of Bach in the Subways for the last four years. Michael is a first-year graduate student pursuing his M.M. in ‘Cello Performance, studying with Diane Roscetti.