Identical twin brothers Michael and Matthew Polonchak began playing violin they were five years old. By age six, they were playing with the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program, and when they were eight, had reached the high-school level orchestra -- then the youngest in that program’s 30 year history. Shortly after, they began playing weddings and recitals with their father, Richard Polonchak and the Two Rivers Trio was born. This “Father & Son(s) trio” has been delighting audiences ever since -- praised for their innovative instrumentation (two violins and a bassoon) and their uncanny togetherness as an ensemble. Together, they have performed full recitals as visiting artists at Shepherd University, Duquesne University and the Episcopal High School in Washington D.C., have been heard on West Virginia and Maryland Public Radio, and have played hundreds of weddings and other special events in the Washington D.C. Metro area.
Michael and Matthew Polonchak are active musicians in the Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia areas. Matthew was a full Linehan Scholar for Music at UMBC, where he received a B.A. in Music and Recording Arts and later received a full scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Music Performance at the University of Delaware.
Michael earned a B.A. in Music Performance from Goucher College and currently serves as Principal Violist of Loudoun Symphony, is a member of Fairfax Symphony and McClean Symphony. He has performed with ensembles like the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Roanoke Symphony, and the Alexandria Symphony, and currently serves as an adjunct professor of music at Goucher College in Baltimore.
Richard Polonchak is the former Principal Bassoonist of The United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own” and The White House Orchestra in Washington, DC and is currently the Applied Professor of Bassoon at Shepherd University in WV where he performs regularly with Shepherd Three Faculty Wind Trio. He authored “The Primary Handbook for Bassoon”, which is published by Hal Leonard and used in educational institutions throughout the world.
Tommy Atkinson is an active performer and teacher in the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. He currently serves as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Loudoun Symphony and is a violinist in the Apollo Orchestra, based in Bethesda, MD. Previously, Tommy has played in orchestras such as the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Opera Camerata of Washington, DC, and the Bermuda Philharmonic. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Shenandoah University and a Master of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Lauren Weaver earned a M.M. in cello performance from Mannes College of Music, and a B.M. from Manhattan School of Music as a student of David Soyer. She has been a member of the New York Symphonic Ensemble since 2008, and has been on seven tours of Japan with the group. Lauren has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia, and has played in many of New York’s most famous venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Steinway Hall. She made her solo debut at age 17 with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Lauren has performed with many notable artists, including Sigur Ros, Michael Buble, Boyz II Men, and for the grammy-nominated “Nine Types of Light” by TV on the Radio.