Meet Il Segreto

 About the ensemble...

Il Segreto String Quartet started in 2002 at Wayne State University while the members attended music school. Il Segreto String Quartet stands as a beacon of innovation and artistic brilliance in the world of contemporary string quartets. Comprising four visionary musicians, Il Segreto has redefined the genre, forging new musical pathways while staying rooted in the rich traditions of classical music. 

Il Segreto String Quartet embarked on a transformative journey of musical exploration, breathing life into compositions/arrangements from the masters of the past while also championing contemporary works. Through their innate ability to communicate through their instruments, Il Segreto achieved unprecedented unity, weaving intricate melodies and harmonies that resonated profoundly emotionally with audiences. A unique blend of technical brilliance, profound sensitivity, and an unmatched synergy among the members characterized their performances.  

Never content with resting on their laurels, Il Segreto String Quartet embarked on groundbreaking collaborations with artists from diverse genres, exploring the intersection between classical music and contemporary styles. Their ability to seamlessly blend genres and captivate audiences across musical landscapes earned them a reputation as innovators, pushing the boundaries of what a string quartet could achieve. 

Meet our Members

Jennifer, Violin

Joe, Viola

Michael Rais, Double Bass

Michael Rais has been playing bass for over thirty years.  He completed his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wayne State University and his Masters's in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. He has taught for over 16 years (band, orchestra, and guitar classes) at Frost Middle School (Livonia, MI).  For more information about Michael, visit his website at:

Follow him on Twitter: @mraisbass  

Olivia Zang, Violin

Olivia Zang  officially joined ISSQ in 2012, but has been a groupie since the very beginning.  Olivia completed her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at Wayne State University and her Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan. She also holds an K-12 education administrators certificate from Michigan State University. Olivia is passionate about student's having access to  music classes in public education. She has taught orchestra for 12 years and serves as the K-12 District Music Facilitator for Birmingham Public Schools (MI). When She's not teaching or jamming with ISSQ, Olivia hangs with her husband John, and their three cats.