The Fiato Quartet was formed in 2008. Its members are Carrie Kennedy and Ina Veli, violins; Charles Hebenstreit, viola; and Ryan Sweeney, cello. The members of Fiato hold degrees in music performance from Colburn, the University of Southern California, Rice University, Northwestern University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the University of Oklahoma.
The musicians of Fiato currently have active concert careers throughout Southern California, and their talents can be heard in the orchestras of Pasadena, Los Angeles Opera, New West, Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber, Riverside, San Bernardino, Redlands and the Musica Angelica Baroque.
Each member of Fiato brings a unique set of experiences and training to the ensemble, having studied with the Tokyo, Takacs, Guarneri, American, Miami and Emerson Quartets.
The Fiato Quartet has come together out of a love for chamber music and a common goal to share this passion with others through both formal and outreach concerts.