Meet the Magnolia String Quartet
The Magnolia String Quartet features violinists Victoria Pedroza and Anna Maria Smith, violist Presti Merrill, and cellist Jesse Smith. Based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, the members of the quartet have known and played music together for many years. The ensemble enjoys every opportunity to play beautiful music for weddings and events and provide their listeners and clients with the perfect music for their special occasion.
Photo By: Sarah Morrel Photography
Victoria Pedroza, a native of Raleigh, earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Joan Kwuon.
Coming from a musical family, Victoria began playing the violin at the age of 4; as a student of Eric McCracken, she was a winner of the Raleigh Symphony's Benjamin K Gibbs award, performing as a soloist with the Raleigh Symphony in 2009.
Victoria has performed in masterclasses most notably for Daniel and Todd Philips, Leila Josefowicz, Grigory Kalinovsky, Benny Kim, Cathy Meng Robinson, and Peter Salaff.
During her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Victoria participated in numerous performances, including a tour to Asheville, NC, as well as a live studio performance for WCLV’s Symphony at 7 with the CIM Symphony Orchestra; solo recitals and outreach performances both locally and as a performer for CIM’s Distance Learning Center, reaching schools and audiences internationally; Chamber music performances across the greater Cleveland area; a live performance over Kansas Public Radio as a festival scholar for the Heartland Chamber Music Festival in 2013, as well as masterclasses and coachings with members of the Cavani, Miami, and former Cleveland Quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio.
Currently, Victoria teaches for Cardinal Gibbons High School as a part of their Middle School Arts Program; she directs string orchestras at St. Raphael and St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Schools as well as The Franciscan School. In addition to a large studio of private students, Victoria has played in recent seasons with the Richmond Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, as well as performances of the National Anthem for the Carolina Hurricanes.