Violin | Viola l  Piano

Dmitri joined the Colorado Symphony in 2018 as the Fixed Fourth Chair/First Violin. Previously he performed with the Phoenix Symphony, and Chicago Symphony's Civic Orchestra. 

A passionate educator, Dmitri has been sharing his love for music with students across the United States for nearly 20 years, teaching violin, viola, piano, and coaching orchestras and chamber groups. He has taught college level musicians at Northwestern University (Illinois), Western Michigan University (Michigan), and Lenoir-Rhyne University (North Carolina). He has worked with music lovers of every age and skill level at Kontras Quartet Workshop/Suzuki Institute (Virginia), Pine Crest School (Florida), New Art Center (North Carolina), and Bowdoin International Music Festival (Maine), among other places.

An avid chamber musician, Dmitri was a founding member and first violinist with the Kontras Quartet. He also performed with members of GRAMMY-winning and nominated ensembles such as Vermeer, Avalon, and Spektral string quartets, Eighth Blackbird, the Lincoln Trio, Ibis Camerata, as well as principal players of the leading American and European orchestras. 

As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra concertmaster Dmitri has performed on four continents including prestigious venues such as the Chicago Symphony Center, the Ravinia Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and has also been featured on CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, and WFMT Chicago. 

Dmitri has collaborated with renowned jazz and bluegrass artists including Branford Marsalis, the Kruger Brothers, and Steve Martin, performing on main stages of the Telluride, Rocky Grass, MerleFest, and IBMA festivals. Dmitri can be heard on recordings of chamber music by Gunthur Schuller, Yehudi Wyner, Eric Ewazen, Kevin Volans, Dan Visconti, and Jens Krüger.

Dmitri was born in Russia to a family of professional musicians. Dr. Pogorelov holds degrees in Music performance from Northwestern University (DMA), Depaul University (MM), and Lynn University (BM), having studied with Gerardo Ribeiro, Ilya Kaler, Elmar Oliveira, and Sergiu Schwartz.

Dmitri lives in Littleton with his fiancée Emily. When not teaching or playing the violin, he enjoys exploring national parks, hiking, cooking, and watching soccer. 




Violin | Viola | Piano

Em Kivi is fascinated by the effect of music on the body. They believe that everyone should have the chance to experience the joys of playing an instrument, without having to worry about affording it. They grew up in a family surrounded by music, and their parents wanted their children to learn, although neither of them played an instrument. 


Em started violin when they were four years old, and piano at five, studying through the Suzuki method with Frances Van Dorn in Bemidji, MN. They participated in orchestra throughout elementary, middle, and high schools, where they learned how to collaborate with others. Their first leadership position came as the concertmaster of the Bemidji High School Orchestra.


They attended St. Cloud State University for a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, studying with Dr. Marion Judish. They also participated in the St Cloud Symphony Orchestra and led the university orchestra as concertmaster. Currently they are attending the University of Denver for a Graduate Degree in Violin Performance with an emphasis in the Suzuki Method. They have been teaching for three years, and they hope to continue teaching violin and piano lessons throughout their lifetime, helping children to experience the joys of learning music.




Cello | Violin | Viola

Gwen Chambers has been involved with music all her life, and has been teaching music lessons for over a decade. She enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels, and is very passionate about nurturing people’s love for music. She performs and teaches many styles on the cello including Classical, Romantic, Baroque, rock, metal, and pop. She has had the opportunity to perform with numerous high-level ensembles, including the Continental League Honor Orchestra, Western State Honor Orchestra, Colorado All State Orchestra, Colorado College Symphony, The Trans-Siberyian Orchestra, and The Colorado Springs String Quartet. She has also performed at both Boettcher Concert Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheatre numerous times. She studied the cello under Rodney Farrar, principal cellist of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and pioneer of the Suzuki Method for cello. Gwen is a cellist at heart, but she loves working with all string instruments, especially beginning learners!




Violin | Viola l  Cello

Nienke Izurieta is an artist and educator with nearly fifteen years of experience teaching the violin. Beginning with private violin and piano lessons at the age of 6, she became an avid member of several youth symphony orchestras from middle school all the way through high school. Nienke continued to perform regularly until university where she shifted her focus from music to visual art. 


After graduating from The Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2010, Nienke moved to Paris, France to work and study. After she returned to the USA from Europe, she accepted a job as a Teaching Artist for an El Sistema inspired orchestral music program in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Nienke taught the violin and viola to students as young as the age of 5 in groups that were part of a large youth orchestra. 


A skilled improvisor, Nienke has written original music and worked as a session musician in the recording studio. She was awarded several creation grants while in Canada and has collaborated and performed with choreographers, professional dancers and contemporary musicians from all over the world.


For Nienke, music has always been an outlet of creative expression. With a strong foundation in classical music education and the Suzuki method, she takes an intuitive approach to teaching that focuses on what her students need. Her philosophy surrounding music and art is to inspire others to strive for greatness and have fun while doing it.





Tatiana Zueva, a native of Russia, graduated from St.-Petersburg State Conservatory in 2007. During her studies at the Conservatory with Mikhail Gantvarg, she was a member of several chamber groups. She participated in numerous festivals in Germany as an ensemble and orchestra player. She successfully auditioned and got a training and certificate from the Orchestra Summer Academy in Netherlands. She also appeared on stage as a soloist, and a violin concerto by a young composer A. Stepanov with Saint-Petersburg Court Capella Symphony Orchestra is among her performances.

After moving to the USA, Tatiana got her Master’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa, where she was awarded a full scholarship and assistantship. In 2009 she won a concerto competition at UNI and performed Gipsy Airs by P. Sarasate with the UNI Symphony Orchestra directed by Jonathan Girard.

Tatiana received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University, where she studied with Professor Dmitri Berlinsky. During years of studies she attended the Summit Festival in New-York and Southampton Art Festival. She was a member of Camerata Michigan, International Chamber Soloists , and Ad Libitum ensembles.

At this time, she is a violinist of Midland, Traverce, West Michigan, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. In 2016 – 2019 she was spending her summers with the Ohio Light Opera Festival in Wooster, Ohio, where she served as Assistant Concertmaster.

Tatiana’s teaching career began while she was studying at the Conservatory. She was leading a studio at the St. Petersburg Music Liceum in addition to her private studio. She had an opportunity to work in South Korea, teaching private lessons and coaching chamber and large string ensembles. Her duties as a Graduate Assistant at UNI included playing in the orchestra and teaching undergraduate students. Tatiana has experience working with students aged four through adult, both amateur and advanced violinists. She also has experience teaching vision-impaired children. Her students have won local competitions and entered prestigious universities across Russia and the US.




Piano | Violin | Cello

Jeanne has been a music instructor, private, small group, as well as general music, band, and orchestra, for the past 25+ years.  She holds her BA from the Fort Lewis College of Music, Piano Performance. Additional training and certification in the “Let’s Start Music” program, Ventura, Ca.

Her piano performance history includes solo and collaborative, classical, jazz, pop, Celtic styles. Church organist and pianist, wedding and special occasion pianist. Accompanist for musical theatre productions, choirs, and individual vocalists and instrumentalists. National Guild international winner for piano. She is a member and past adjudicator for National Guild and Certificate of Merit programs.

Styles taught: classical, pop, jazz, music theatre, liturgical music, Celtic music, basic musicianship and theory. She has taught in several prestigious music academies, including Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts, Lafayette, Co., Bietry Broadmoor Academy of Music, Colorado Springs, Co., and currently Forte Academy, Centennial and Littleton, Co.

Jeanne provides individualized plans for each student, adhering to Forte’s proven and comprehensive curriculum. She has taught all ages- 4 to 80+.  She believes music, as an art form, should be presented in a manner that fosters creativity, while maintaining core structure and appreciation for a composer’s intent.   Jeanne has a very supportive, nurturing and relaxed approach. She believes learning is a two- way street, and open communication is a key component of learning.




Piano  l  Violin  l  Viola | Voice | Saxophone | Flute | Clarinet | French Horn | Trumpet | Oboe | Bassoon

Brad Furlow teaches piano, voice and all band and orchestral instruments. He began studying music at the age of 5 on the piano. He began his study of instrumental music at 8 years of old on the saxophone in 3rd grade eventually expanding to include all instruments of the woodwind and brass families in his hometown of Mulkeytown, Illinois. Brad continued his study of music at the university level at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2002, he also pursued advanced study at the university level in instrumental conducting, brass pedagogy and music theory/composition. Brad continues to perform professionally as the Principal Tubist with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and Denver Concert Band. Brad is also involved with the Denver University Pioneer Pep Band and other regional bands and orchestra on a freelance basis. Brad’s philosophy of music is that every person can be musical, it’s just finding the right instrument to bring it out. He enjoys working with students of all ages. When not teaching, performing or composing, Brad enjoys traveling with his partner, and spending time with their three Siberian Husky “kids”.

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