MM DePaul University
BM University of Toronto
Cellist Veronica Nettles Kolegas, a founding member of the Kaia String Quartet has performed throughout Canada and the USA in Classical, Jazz and World-Music genres, nurturing an interest in innovative collaborations in addition to the standard canon of classical repertoire.
Such projects include a Chicago premiere of Brazilian composer Miguel Kertsman's O Saci with the Ondas Ensemble and collaborations with Indo-Jazz ensemble, Monsoon. Nettles Kolegas has also experimented with improvised cello in free, jazz and culturally influenced settings.
In the classical realm, Nettles Kolegas is most passionate about chamber music. Prior to the Kaia String Quartet, Nettles Kolegas was cellist of the Blume Quartet which was awarded the Felix Galimir Award in 2007. She has had the opportunity to play for the Guarneri, St. Lawrence and Borromeo String Quartets in addition to other world-renowned chamber musicians.
Nettles Kolegas began cello at the age of nine in Upstate New York. Three years later, she immigrated with her family to Canada where she eventually settled in the greater Vancouver region and began her cello studies with Harold Birston. As a student and participant in several youth orchestras, jazz/concert bands, choirs and chamber ensembles, Nettles Kolegas had the opportunity to broaden her outlook of the cello and all of its capacities. This outlook has shaped her quest for diversity and innovation in her music. Nettles Kolegas received her bachelors degree from the University of Toronto under Shauna Rolston and David Hetherington and her graduate degree at DePaul University under Stephen Balderston. Currently she is studying with the Avalon Quartet at Northern Illinois University in the Graduate String Quartet Residency.
Veronica has taught privately for several years throughout Chicago and Toronto. She has taught through community music schools, outreach programs, as well as through an El Sistema based organization. Her focus is in Suzuki and Traditional methods.
She is a faculty member of DePaul University Community Music Division and also at Sherwood Community Music School of Columbia College Chicago.