The Kulas String Quartet, composed of Matt Cone, Natalie Hsieh, Lourdes de la Pena, and Jasper de Boor are all first-year students at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. They have had the honor of being selected to play masterclasses for Marilyn McDonald and Yoojin Jang. They are coached by Kirsten Docter. Their benefit concert this January is a part of a larger concert tour with the intent for using chamber music to bridge social, political, and economic gaps in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.
Since Natalie was a young girl she had heard many stories of her father and his work at the National Institutes of Health. She was extremely inspired by how he was able to help people in need and wanted to find a way to contribute. After attending Manchester String Quartet concerts at the NIH, she met Mr. and the late Mrs. Raabe, founding members of the Children's Inn at NIH. The Children's Inn at NIH is a nonprofit organization that provides patients undergoing treatment at the NIH and their families a home away from home.
Since the Inn runs entirely on donations, Natalie was compelled to bring music to and raise funds for the Inn. Natalie and her string quartet from high school, the Quadrivium String Quartet, raised over $2000 for the Inn. Now a freshman at the Oberlin Conservatory, she wants to continue to benefit the Inn and contribute to all its important work.
As a part of the quartet's 2020 Winter Term Project, Natalie has brought her new quartet, the Kulas String Quartet, from Oberlin to fundraise for the Inn.