Simpatico Trio and String Quartet consists of Terry Pollak, Violinist/Violist, Karen Naifeh Harmon, Violinist and Amanda Hardy, Cellist, with Missy Townsend joining on Viola when we perform as a String Quartet.
Review from a recent wedding: From the bride: "Everyone loved the music. They said you all were fantastic! I wish I would have been able to hear more. Thank you so much for making our day amazing!"
Another Review from a recent wedding: "Hey all, I wanted say Simpatico played our wedding last month because my wife wanted a string trio, best decision ever! I worked with Karen Naifeh Harmon and it was so nice to work with her, she had great ideas but is also so flexible as well. For that I thank you so much, your a sweetheart. Emily Conn, did a lot of the planning but I enjoyed the idea of letting them run ideas over and know that on our day, we knew Karen and other would do a great job! Thanks so much for making our day special." Cris Conn & Emily Conn
Also from Emily: "You made it so beautiful for us and the best touch we could have had to the best day of our lives!! Thank you for helping make it so special for us!"
Terry Pollak is equally fabulous on violin as he is on viola. Terry performs on viola with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra as well as the Signature Symphony and he is formerly with the Jacksonville Symphony. Terry teaches violin and viola at the Barthelmes Conservatory in Tulsa. Terry has his teacher certification from attending the University of Oklahoma and attended Graduate School at Southern Methodist University.
Karen co-conducts the Tulsa Honors Orchestra. Karen is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Violin and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Hyechka Music Club of Tulsa, and the Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association. Karen also performs with an Irish Folk/Rock band, Larkin, and has opened for acts such as Bugs Henderson, the Legendary Shack Shakers, and Loretta Lynn. Karen is currently working on a Masters Certificate from the renowned Berklee School of Music in Composition for Film and TV. Her newest composition “The Red Velvet Suite” will be performed by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra in Sydney, Australia.
Amanda is a member of the Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association and has been teaching Suzuki cello lessons since 2003. Amanda's ultimate goal is not only to help musicians achieve an excellent technique, but to foster an eternal love for music and a joy in creating it. She has annual recitals, participates in music festivals and competitions, and is planning a joint group performance tour with Karen's students in the summer of 2017. Amanda and Karen's students performed in Ireland in 2014 and plan to perform in Quebec City in 2017. Amanda has a quote on her website: “To play without passion is inexcusable!” - Beethoven“
Simpatico Trio performs at many venues including the Mayo Hotel, Philbrook Museum, Gilcrease Museum, the Tulsa Garden Center and the Center of the Universe.