Jan Ekstedt and his wife, Elaine, created Ekstedt Entertainment and the Seattle String Quartet to help put him through seminary. He received a Master's of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, studying theology and psychotherapy at Western's branch campus, Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, WA. In 2005 he was ordained with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at the First Christian Church of Kent, WA. See Jan's music resume here.
He is presently the Senior Pastor at the First Christian Church in North Platte, NE. His wife, Elaine, continues to book the fabulous musicians that were drawn together to form the Seattle String Quartet and related ensembles as an Internet business from their home in North Platte.
Our musicians have received numerous awards while playing in the wedding and corporate markets, The Seattle String Quartet can be found on the preferred vendor lists of virtually all of the major event locations in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the best wedding vendors and consultants. Elaine and Jan travel often to Seattle to be involved with their music business and stay connected with their large musical family.
Jan's teacher: Emanual Zetlin, Kelly Farris, and Henry Segal
Emanual Zetlin and Jascha Heifez studied with Leopold Auer
Kelly Farris and Itzhak Perlman studied with Ivan Galamian
Henry Segal who was concert master of the Seattle Symphony for 26 years. Segal had previously been principal violinist in the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscnini