Independence String Ensemble


Violin and Cello Duo
6 Played at 6 groupmuses!

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Established by cellist Steve Kramer and composer and violinist Michael Shingo Crawford, the Independence String Ensemble is a group which presents the highest-class performances, educational outreach, and master classes. The core ensemble, consisting of award-winning internationally acclaimed artists based in the United States, generates a string quartet and its subsets, which perform all styles and genres from the early renaissance to contemporary. The musicians collaborate with a wide range of artists, including pianists and wind players, who are accredited from the nation’s finest institutions.

Independence String Ensemble’s performance experiences have reached prestigious clients and the world-renowned concert halls, amongst them, Radio City Music Hall, Kimmel Center, MGM Grand, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Art Museum, Franklin Institute, Novo Nordisk A/S, Datwyler, and Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.

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Traditional Repertoire

Everything from Bach to Beatles. We love performing the established classical repertoire, contemporary music, and our own arrangements of popular music.



Performed groupmuses (6)

Groupmuse in Philly!

  • Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM
  • Philadelphia

This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

A Creative Blend: Classical and Popular Selections in Glover Park

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 7:00 PM
  • Glover Park in NW, DC

This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

Cabin Concerts presents Independence String Ensemble

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 7:00 PM
  • Takoma Park

This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

The sound of the city

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 7:00 PM
  • Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia

This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

Fall groupmuse with Independence Strings

  • Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 8:00 PM
  • South Philadelphia, Philadelphia

This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

Peaceful November Groupmuse

  • Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 7:30 PM
  • Gramercy, Union Square

This groupmuse happened almost 3 years ago