August 13, 2016


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Founded in 2016 in Mesa, Arizona, the Superstition String Quartet brings music to special occasions throughout the East Valley. The members consist of school and private music instructors, who also perform with various ensembles.


Spencer Ekenes

Spencer bio picViolinist Spencer Ekenes completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance from Arizona State University in 2016. Under the mentorship of Dr. Katherine McLin (ASU) and Dr. Samuel Máynez Champion (Conservatorio Nacional de México), Spencer completed the first publication of the complete works for violin and piano by the late Mexican violinist/composer Samuel Máynez Prince as his culminating project for his doctoral degree. In addition to performing Violin in a variety of ensembles, Dr. Ekenes enjoys exploring and studying Latin American culture. His passion for Latin American-influenced classical music has led Spencer to visit various countries throughout Latin America. Aside from travel and playing violin, Spencer enjoys spending time with his family and teaching his private violin students. He currently resides in Mesa, Arizona with his cat, Chevy.


Niccole Burbach

Niccole bio picViolinist Niccole Burbach received her bachelor’s in violin pedagogy from Brigham Young University-Idaho, studying with Dr. Dallin Hansen and Dr. Emma Rubinstein. Her achievements there include selection as concertmaster of the symphony orchestra, member of the winning quartet of the Boise Chamber Music Series string quartet competition, and winner of the BYU-I concerto competition.

After graduation in 2009 Niccole taught private lessons and began performing in various community orchestras, including currently with the EVMCO.

She resides in Mesa with her husband and three children.


Courtney Nielson

Court bio picViolist Courtney Nielson currently has her own music studio where she enjoys teaching all levels of violin and viola, beginning to intermediate piano, and Mommy and Me Music classes. In conjunction with her private studio, she teaches sectionals to local junior high and high schools. Courtney currently performs with the East Valley Millennial Choir and Orchestra, as well as freelancing throughout the valley.

Courtney graduated in 2013 with her Master’s in viola performance pedagogy at Arizona State University studying under Nancy Buck. In 2010, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in viola performance while studying with Dr. Claudine Bigelow. Courtney has participated in various orchestras and ensembles throughout her college career.

Courtney currently resides in Mesa with her growing family.


Gillian Kuroiwa

Gill bio picCellist Gillian Kuroiwa is a devoted performer and educator in the valley. She is a member of the West Valley Symphony and enjoys performing with other orchestras in Arizona such as The Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Arizona Opera.

As a member of the American String Teachers Association, Gillian is passionate about educating the next generation of musicians and music lovers. She maintains a private studio and gives weekly sectionals at Red Mountain and Arcadia high schools.

Gillian holds degrees in cello performance from the University of Denver (B.M.) and Arizona State University (M.M.). Her favorite memory from her musical studies is her time spent in London during a semester studying abroad.