Violinist Tina Lee Hadari performed to critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician in halls worldwide. A prizewinner at the Fischoff, Plowman, and Chesapeake Chamber Music Competitions, Tina has cultivated a deep passion for chamber music. In 2006, convinced that chamber music and professional musicians could be integrated more fully into a community, she founded Music Haven, a nonprofit organization that anchors a string quartet to the urban neighborhoods of New Haven. The Haven String Quartet, resident ensemble of Music Haven, rehearses daily in community space, teaches tuition-free after-school string lessons to 48 youth in high-poverty neighborhoods, and performs in traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the state.
Tina began studying violin in the public schools in Indiana at the age of nine, four years after immigrating there from Seoul, Korea. Completing her undergraduate studies under a joint double-degree program with the New England Conservatory and Tufts University, she received a B.M. in Violin Performance and a B.S. in Biology. She earned her Masters degree at the Yale School of Music in 2004 and completed her Doctoral degree in 2008 at the University of Colorado, while working with the Takacs Quartet as part of the graduate quartet-in-residence. She has served on the faculties of Opus 118 in New York, Boulder Suzuki Strings, and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Center. Currently she is the Executive Director and resident violinist of Music Haven and also coaches chamber music at the Neighborhood Music School.