Monique Mead is a violinist who loves music, and is intensly dedicated to inspiring the public's love for music. To carry out this dedication she has developed the concept, Klassic for Kids.
Monique was born in Indiana and began her violin instruction in her first seven years. She won a scholarship to Indiana University in Bloomington, where she studied with Nelli Shkolnikova and legendary violinist Franco Gulli. She earned her bachelor's degree in music in 1989 and a master's degree in 1994, summa cum laude. Between her courses in 1991 she won a Fulbright scholarship and spent a year in Lübeck, Germany, studying with Prof. Sachar Bron.
From 1993 to 1997 Monique lectured at Indiana University, the Indianapolis Academy of Music, and played with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She appeared as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles in Rome, Brussels, Toronto, and all over Germany. She took part in the chamber music festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, New York, Mexico and California, and played with Philharmonia Hungarica, the Krakow Broadcast Orchestra, and the Mexico State Orchestra.
In 1997 Monique was invited to participate in a musical education project for the new Philharmonic Concert Hall in Westphalia. She performed in the concert hall in Düsseldorf, in the Prince Regent Theatre in Munich, in the Beethovenhaus in Bonn and in the Cologne Philharmonic Concert Hall. She also took part in concerts with the Munich Broadcast Orchestra, the Southwest German Chamber, the Mainzer Chamber Orchestra, the Bochumer Sinfonikern, the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Cologne Philharmonic.
Monique lives part of the year in Pittsburgh, PA where her husband, Andrés Cárdenes, is concert master of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; together with their daughter Isabel Annik they enjoy several months a year in Düsseldorf.
Monique will produce her very popular Klassik for Kids in a free performance Saturday morning, June 19, and she will perform in concert that same night.