Who We Are
Átomos string quartet believes in Solvitur Musica, the idea that our communities are made stronger through the bonds of music.
Described by Chicago Tribune as “a violinist of fine promise”, Artem Diaz Kolesov is a 24-year-old violinist from Saint Petersburg, Russia. After he became a winner of the Young Artist International violin competition in Tallinn, Estonia, he also won the Freiburg International competition in Germany. His performances with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic led to a full scholarship to study with Philippe Djokic at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada. While in Canada, Artem won the Canadian National Festival in both solo violin and chamber group categories, and soloed with orchestras across the country. An avid chamber musician, Artem has worked with the Ying, Pacifica, Juilliard and Tokai quartets, and was a guest artist at the St. Cecilia and the Music Room concert series for three seasons, where he performed chamber works alongside professional musicians. After moving to Chicago to study with Almita Vamos, Artem won the CCPA Competition and performed the Brahms Violin Concerto in the Chicago Symphony Hall. As a former member of the Yas Quartet he was a prize winner at the Schoenfeld International Competition in 2016.A passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, Artem organizes and performs in benefit concerts with musicians such as Rachel Barton Pine, Roland and Almita Vamos, David Schrader and his string quartet to help LGBTQ+ individuals around the world escape persecution. He has also appeared on CNN, BuzzFeed, Chicago Tribune and CBC where he shared his personal story. In his free time Artem enjoys cooking, drinking tea, photography, composition, and spending time with his husband and his dog Luna.
Violinist Madeleine Hogue, a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is an avid performer, educator, and chamber musician. Her love for diverse musical genres has led her to perform throughout the United States, New Zealand, and Europe. Madeleine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Arkansas, where she studied with Dr. Er-Gene Kahng. She continued her studies at California State University-Northridge, where she earned a Master’s of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Lorenz Gamma. While living in Los Angeles she has cultivated an active role as a chamber and orchestral musician. She served as the first violinist of the Goldberg Honors String Quartet from 2016-2018, where she had the opportunity to work with the Danish String Quartet, Harlem Quartet, Jonah Sirota, Henry Gronnier, Stephen Harrison, and Laura Mcginnis. Madeleine is also a member of the American Youth Symphony and performed as the concertmaster of the California State University-Northridge Symphony from 2016-2018. Music education and community outreach are integral to Madeleine’s musical philosophy.
In addition to her performance schedule, she works closely with young violinists as a private and group instructor in an effort to give back to the next generation of musicians. Madeleine believes that classical music is strengthened when the voices of marginalized and underperformed composers are given a platform within the genre. She passionately advocates for the study and performance of works that fall outside the traditional repertoire of Western classical music and takes great joy in exploring the compositions of those whom history often elides.
Brandon is a professional violinist and violist in the Los Angeles area. In 2010, he attended the University of Redlands, studying violin with Pavel Farkas and viola with Kira Blumberg. In 2012, Brandon moved to the greater Los Angeles area in order to attend California State University, Northridge, studying violin with Michael Ferril and viola with Robert Berg. As a graduate student, Brandon studied viola with Dr. Lorenz Gamma. Since then he has achieved placement on the Dean’s list for two consecutive years. He has been awarded the Myron Sandler Ovation award as well as the Dr. Robert W. Wienpahl and Manuel Compinsky scholarships. He has also been a TELACU Education Foundation Scholar from 2011-2015. Brandon held the position of associate concertmaster for the University of Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and in recent years has performed with groups such as the Tulare County Symphony, Fresno Grand Opera, and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra.
He’s also been able to play under several professional conductors and composers such as Dr. Bruce Kiesling, Roger Kalia, Inon Zur, Gary Schymann, Chris Lennertz, Austin Wintory, Bruce Broughton, Russell Brower, John Debney, and Jack Wall. When not performing regionally, Brandon spends his free time as a traveling musician. Since 2010, he has spent over 12 months on the road, performing in over 30 U.S. states and in the countries of Haiti, Colombia, Portugal and France, as a violinist and music director with the Celebrant Singers. Brandon is also a member of the award-winning chamber ensemble, “The Whyman Project.” In May of 2014, The Whyman Project was selected as one of the winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Music in the Mansion Auditions. Shortly after, the group recorded their first album, “Whymanesque.” Brandon has performed with the Whyman project all over Los Angeles, including in venues such as the MKM Cultural Arts Center, Greystone Mansion, and the Valley Performing Arts Center. Brandon currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance, and a Master of Music degree in viola performance.