Musicians

Lee Demertzis, Piano

Lee began studying piano at age 8. He continued his musical studies at Emory University, where he double-majored in Music and Biology. After graduating from medical school at Emory, lee and his wife, Jen, moved to St. Louis to complete medical training. Lee currently works as an intensive care physician at a community hospital.

Steven Cheng, Violin

Steven began studying the violin with Nancy Kocal at the age of 3. He was soon accepted to the Chicago Academy of Performing Arts under the noted pedagogue Betty Haag-Kuhnke, followed by study under David Taylor, the Associate Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After receiving his MD from Northwestern University, Steven moved to Saint Louis for a fellowship in Nephrology at Washington University. He joined the faculty in 2006 and is now an Associate Professor of medicine. He continues to be active in music, performing in chamber ensembles, teaching a class on Music and Medicine, and serving as the co-concertmaster of the St. Louis Philharmonic.

Dawn Hui, Violin

Dawn is a cardiac surgeon at Saint Louis University. Prior to her medical career, which included a cardiac surgery fellowship at the University of Southern California, she completed a Bachelor of Music Degree from Juilliard School where she was a student of Dorothy Delay. She was previously a violinist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and has studied chamber music with Samuel Sanders, the Amadeus Quartet, and the Muir Quartet.

Steve Wamsley, Viola

Steve is a professional web developer and semi-professional violist. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Southern California as a student of Alan de Veritch. Steve performs regularly with the St. Louis Philharmonic and the Gateway Festival Orchestra as well as several chamber music groups around the Greater Saint Louis area.

John Edwards, Cello

John studied cello with Joseph Pival at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and was a charter member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.  He really got serious about cello playing and chamber music while in medical school at the the University of Chicago, and, after residency and fellowship at Columbia University, he finally got serious about medicine when he joined the St. Louis Philharmonic in 1991.  He is a currently a professor of Medicine (nephrology) at St. Louis University.