The Iron Strings Quartet was founded in 2010 by a group of string players from Skule™ Orchestra who sought to perform more chamber music in the Skule™ Music community. The quartet hosts regular concerts, plays at weddings and other special occasions, and participates in different events on campus and around the city. To contact the quartet for an event, please visit the Contact page.
Kate is a second year Engineering Science student whose future option remains undecided due to her indecisiveness. She started violin lessons at the age of eight, after attending an orchestral performance and being fascinated by the Concertmaster. Since then, she has been a part of various orchestras and smaller ensembles in her hometown of Seoul, as well as in Vancouver and in Toronto. Other than cuddling with her violin, her favourite methods of procrastinating on schoolwork include teaching herself choreography from YouTube videos and building an army of Drowzees.
Kenny Kimmins started playing the violin at the age of four after seeing his brother learn the instrument. He became Concertmaster of the Seoul Youth Chamber Orchestra at the age of twelve. Since then, he served as Concertmaster in various ensembles in Toronto, performed at Massey Hall, and joined the Hart House Orchestra. Kenny just received his BASc in Engineering Science, and is currently pursuing an MASc in Biomedical Engineering. When not too busy researching or rehearsing, he can be found erging or rowing.
Bennett Leong is a third year Engineering Science student in the Aerospace Option. He hails from Calgary, Alberta, where he began playing violin at the age of five. Seeing the light at age nine, he switched to viola where his involvement with the Calgary Youth Orchestra has seen him play in France and Germany. In addition to his musical endeavours, Bennett is the Rocketry Lead of the University of Toronto Aerospace Team, where he is directing the design and construction of a sounding rocket. He is also a licensed pilot, although he has never been able to combine his love of music and aviation at the same time for legal reasons.
Lika is currently in her third year double majoring in statistics and human biology at the University of Toronto. She started playing the cello at the age of eight and has been a member of Hart House Orchestra since her first semester at the University of Toronto. Since joining Iron Strings, she has mastered the skillful art of pretending to be an engineering student through snooping around the engineering buildings and picking up the language. In her spare time she enjoys lining up for churros and tacos at Kensington Market and sipping on an iced capp from Tim Hortons.