Crown Quartet is a dynamic and versatile string ensemble comprised of Columbia University and Juilliard musicians. As leaders within the Columbia University Orchestra, their shared passion and commitment to music brought them together at the start of 2023. This past May, the group was selected among forty applicants to perform at Columbia University's annual commencement ceremony for over 30,000 listeners. Their talents were also featured on Ensemble Januarius's album, Amerika, where they recorded the Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor.

The Crown Quartet welcomes opportunities to share their music in various settings. From classical to pop to Broadway, the group showcases a diverse repertoire and infuses each performance with unparalleled artistry and professionalism. Elevate your next wedding ceremony, recording session, or party by contacting us today.



Alyssa Kim is a junior at Columbia University studying music and computer science. She currently studies violin with Grammy Award-winning violinist Richard Rood. Alyssa has been a first violinist of the Columbia University Orchestra for the past two years, and she has served as Concertmaster of the pit orchestra and Assistant Music Director for various musical theatre productions on campus. She was previously the Co-Concertmaster of the American Youth Philharmonic and ranked as the number-one violinist for the 2021 All-Virginia State Orchestra and the 2020 Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra.

Alyssa is a winner of several competitions, awards, and scholarships such as the James C. MacDonald Performing Arts Scholarship, the U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the Young Musicians Inspiring Change International Competition, and the Great Composers International Competition. She was accepted into many distinguished summer programs such as the Boston Tanglewood Institute, the Summer Music Institute with the NSO, the Cleveland Institute of Music Violin Intensive, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival.

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A junior on the Dean's List at Columbia University in the City of New York and a violin student of Professors Michael Barta and Muneko Otani, Gabriela Benyas is Co-Principal Second Violin of the Columbia University Orchestra and a violinist in the Southern Illinois Music Festival, with which she has performed every year since 2016. She was previously Concertmaster of the Southern Illinois Symphony, First Violin of the SISO String Quartet, performed at chamber music festivals in Spain and Italy, and was a three-year participant in the Illinois All-State and Honors Orchestras. Gabriela recently performed with her piano quartet at Carnegie Hall, and at Alice Tully Hall with the Columbia University Orchestra.

Outside of her musical activities, Gabriela studies history on the pre-law track, and in her free time she works at Columbia Undergraduate Admissions as a social media intern and member of the Rural Recruitment Committee.



Daniel Simmons is a junior in the Columbia University-Juilliard School Program, where he majors in economics and viola performance. He participates extensively in chamber music and orchestra. A graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College, Daniel has attended some of the most prestigious music programs including the Heifetz International Institute of Music, Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In Summer 2023, Daniel attended the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau, France.

He has performed in numerous renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Dimenna Center, the Kimmel Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Daniel has played under the baton of the world's finest conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ken-David Masur, David Robertson, Scott Yoo, and Carlos Miguel Prieto. At Columbia University, he holds the chair of Principal violist of the University Orchestra. His musical mentors have included Paul Neubauer, Steven Tenenbom, Molly Carr, and Byung-Kook Kwak.

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Alex Laverty is a junior at Columbia University studying applied math and classics. Born and raised in Chicago, he picked up the cello at an early age, studying at the Merit School of Music and playing with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Alex has participated in several music festivals such as Interlochen, Birch Creek, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, and continues to engage with music in college with the Columbia University Orchestra and various chamber ensembles. Through Columbia's music program, Alex has had the opportunity to play at Alice Tully Hall with the CUO, and Carnegie Hall with his piano quintet. Alex hopes to continue with music throughout college and beyond, pursuing opportunities on campus and throughout New York.