July 5, 2022

The Jolly String Quartet Lives Out the Beauty of Adoption

The Jolly String Quartet has just released their brand-new album Vintage Revival. Comprising of 10 hymns reimaged, this album brings new life to the beautiful old words and melodies that have served as timeless reminders of the beauty of God's creation, the comfort he brings us in hard times, and the revival he brings to our lives!  

The Jolly String Quartet is comprised of Viktor, Gorsha, Yara, and Kristina Jolly. All four children were adopted from Russia, and the three older children just happen to be the same age. Viktor and Gorsha, who are biological brothers, came home in 2001. The girls joined the family in 2004. Dima, who is patiently awaiting membership in the musical group, is thirteen years old.  He came home from Russia in 2010. He came home from Russia in 2010. In 2014, the Jolly family grew by two more.  Joseph, who is nineteen, and nine-year-old Theo came home from China to be Jolly sons and brothers.    

Viktor, Gorsha, Yara, and Kristina were introduced to music at an early age.  All four began their musical studies at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music.  A few years later, they had the privilege of furthering their studies with members of the Annie Moses Band.  For three years (2012-2015), the quartet also made the long trek between Nashville and Cincinnati (Whew!) to study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  In addition to their other studies, they have had the opportunity to learn ropes of improvisation with country fiddler and jazz master Billy Contreras and are honored to have studied voice with renowned studio singer, songwriter, and vocal coach, Judy Rodman.

The Jolly String Quartet has received numerous awards for their musical accomplishments, both individually and as a quartet, and has performed for a wide variety of audiences. They have been privileged to grace the stages of the Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Cannery Ballroom, and The Country Music Hall of Fame. The family often makes public appearances to tell their adoption story, raise awareness of the plight of orphans in the world, and encourage others to consider adoption.