Jerry Pence has been performing and arranging music since 1974. His musical journey has taken himaround the globe, performing and recording a wide diversity of music from classical to heavy metal,with a who’s-who of artists including as Diana Ross, Barry White, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, YES,Carrie Underwood, and hundreds of others. He holds the unique distinction of having performed professionally in leadership positions on violin, viola, cello, string bass, and guitar in Los Angeles, oneof the countries most competitive musical regions. A position as musical director for the French popstar Jean-Michel Danton brought him to Las Vegas in 2001, where he has performed in shows such asthe enormously successful “Lion King” at Mandalay Bay,and “Phantom” at the Venetian. In April of2012 he and Mert Sermet formed the group BRIDGE toshowcase the expressive possibilities of electric string instruments, performing original arrangements of the music of J.S. Bach, The Beatles,Led Zeppelin, Jim Croce, Guns N’ Roses, Michael Jackson, Metallica, Adele, John Legend, and muchmore.
Cellist Mert Sermet, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and co-founder of the electric cello duo BRIDGE, has performed with many of the biggest luminaries of the classical, pop, Latin, and country music worlds. He played at the prestigious Carnegie Hall under the baton of the internationally renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim. He also performed at the Grand Ole Opry with John Rich and Big Kenny of Big & Rich that same year. He has performed with Natalie Cole, Nelly Furtado, Carlos Santana, Smokey Robinson, India Arie, and has recently appeared with Stevie Wonder and tenor Andrea Bocelli. Mert performs as a regular member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and has also performed in several Las Vegas shows, including The Lion King, Phantom, Cheap Trick, ShowStoppers, and The Frankie Moreno Show.
Rhea Ingram, master of the 5-string electric violin, is the newest addition to BRIDGE, and brings an exiting new element and dimension to our performances. With her extensive classical training in the Los Angeles region, Rhea has performed together with such artists as Earth, Wind and Fire, Andrea Bocelli, Florence and the Machine, and Rod Stewart. She has performed at the Academy of County Music Awards with Hunter Hayes and at the Latin Grammy’s with Ricky Martin and Camila. We are excited to have her as part of BRIDGE, and look forward to working together.