The Cavani Quartet Gala Concert & Champagne Reception

Fri

5/25/2018

8:00pm

Classical

The Cavani Quartet Gala Concert & Champagne Reception

  • $50 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $35 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $25 General Admission
  • Annie Fullard, violin
  • Mari Sato, violin
  • Eric Wong, viola
  • Si-Yan Darren Li, cello

Event Details

Reception: 7:00 pm
Pre-concert lecture: 7:30 pm
Concert: 8:00 pm

We are delighted to have the Cavani Quartet as artists in residence at PhoenixPhest this year! Please join us at this gala event to welcome them and hear their thoughts on the art of the string quartet.

“They may be the single most valuable role model for the classical chamber music field in our time, an inspiration to fellow musicians and audiences across the country.” —Detroit Chamber Music Society

“Together, these players make music with passionate conviction, as if their lives depended on interaction. Expressive intensity, shapely phrasing and ultra-sensitive attention to nuances have become Cavani hallmarks. . . . This powerful and poetic performance was an example of the special joy musicians exude when minds and instruments connect on the highest level.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“When you have a group that makes children enthusiastic about music in general, and string quartets in particular, they must be doing something right. The Cavanis are that kind of group. I have seen them in action and was very impressed. Hooray for the Cavani Quartet!” —Itzhak Perlman

About The Cavani Quartet
Hailed as brilliant and passionate performers, as well as ambassadors for chamber music, the Cavani String Quartet “succeeds like few others in communicating the sheer joy of music making.” The quartet has the honor of being a winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the prestigious Fischoff, Banff, and Coleman competitions as well as being chosen for The Cleveland Quartet Award at The Eastman School. Described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant” the quartet’s impressive thirty year legacy has garnered significant recognition including the Ohio Governors Award for the Arts, Musical America Magazine’s Young Artists of the Year and the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence, in both 2005 and 2011, from Chamber Music America. The Cavani Quartet has received an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and has currently commissioned, premiered and performed the music of more than thirty living composers. Nationally recognized for their superlative and unique approach as both performers and teaching -artists, they have received more than ten Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Awards to engage audiences of all ages in communities across the country.

A recent Cavani Quartet residency earned this accolade: “Their artistic excellence, their generous spirit, and their fervent ambassadorship for great music make them unique among America’s greatest string quartets. They may be the single most valuable role model for the classical chamber music field in our time, an inspiration to fellow musicians and audiences across the country.”

Appearances include Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Muziekcentrum De Ijsbreker in Amsterdam, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Honolulu Chamber Music Society. The Quartet has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and St Paul Sunday Morning, as well as syndicated NPR quiz show “Says You”. Cavani Quartet recordings include works by Bartók, Dvořák, Schumann, Brahms, Erb, Chausson, Brouwer and Primosch are available on the Azica, Gasparo, New World, Albany, and Pantheon labels.

Formed in 1984, the Cavani Quartet has performed concerts and and been in residence at a number of the worlds most prestigious festivals and organizations, including The Aspen Music Festival, The New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kniesel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Madeline Island Music Festival, and The Perlman Music Program.

Music. At CIM, the Cavani Quartet has developed The Intensive Quartet Seminar, The Apprentice Quartet Program, The NEW Quartet Program and The Art of Engagement: Arts Education and Leadership, for student ensembles devoted to the serious study of chamber music.The Cavani Quartet is proud and privileged to have mentored members of many distinguished ensembles who have participated in these programs including the Jupiter, Miro, Dali, Verona, Daedalus, Catalyst, Omer, Fry Street, Biava Maia, Linden, and Afiara String Quartets, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera. Active performers in their own community, The Cavani Quartet was awarded a Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Project Support Grant for their innovative Beethoven & Brotherhood Project- performing the complete quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven in sixteen neighborhood libraries throughout Cleveland. The Quartet’s acclaimed series Breaking Barriers with Bartok, featured the complete quartets of Bela Bartok, in a lecture-demonstration format, illuminating Bartok’s work as an ethnomusicologist and humanitarian. During the 2013-2015 seasons The Cavani Quartet served as Master Quartet in Residence for The Chamber Music Society of Detroit where they performed their multi discipline program COLLAGE: Music & Poetry, with Poet and Professor of Pan African Studies, Mwatabu Okantah. Other innovative programs include CONFLUENCE: New Music by Women Composers, The Art of Listening: Music and Color, as well as school workshops: MAP : Music Art and Poetry and TEAM UP with MUSIC. The quartet is proud to be collaborated with Tri C Performing Arts, and were recipients of a Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Grant to bring COLLAGE workshops, to audiences in and around Cleveland in 2015. The Cavani Quartet’s chamber music rehearsal techniques and mentorship skills have garnered national acclaim, and in collaboration with Dr. Dorianne Cotter Lockard, will be publishing a book: Empowered Performers: Rehearsal Techniques and Coaching Strategies for Musicians. The Quartet regularly provides their workshop, Coaching Strategies and Techniques: Building Empowered and Collaborative Teams by Applying Principles of Chamber Music Pedagogy for business schools around the country including The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

The Quartet has served as Visiting Artists- in -Residence at The University of Texas, Austin, The University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, and The University of California, Riverside and most recently the inaugural year of The University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program. The Quartet has been on the Advisory Board of Amateur Chamber Music Players and currently serves on the Honorary Board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Last season the Cavani Quartet was honored to participate in The Violins of Hope Project violinsofhopecle.org. For more information: please visit cavani.org.

Annie Fullard

Violinist, Annie Fullard, joyfully celebrates a life devoted to the performance of chamber music and to the collaborative bonds with students and colleagues developed in more than 30 years as first violinist of the Cavani String Quartet and as Quartet in Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music. An adventurous and passionate performer, and founding member of the quartet, Ms. Fullard has been recipient of numerous awards including The Naumburg Chamber Music Award, as well as The Fischoff, Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music competitions. Additional accolades include The Ohio Governors Award for The Arts as well as Musical America Magazine’s Young Artist of the Year. Hailed for her “gleaming artistry, bravura and sensitivity “ by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ms. Fullard has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including a special Mozart Anniversary Tour of Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. Other appearances include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Honolulu Chamber Music Society, Festival L’Epau in France, and the Ijsbreker Series in Amsterdam. Ms. Fullard has had the honor of collaborating with distinguished artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Alisa Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Anton Nel, Stephanie Blythe, Sergei Babayan as well as members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Takcas, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence String Quartets. She has been a featured artist on NPR programs Performance Today and “Says You” as well as NBC, ABC, and CBS, television.

Mari Sato

Mari Sato, violinist is a member of The Cavani String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music. The Cavani Quartet is the winner of numerous awards including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Cleveland Quartet Competition, an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, and the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence from Chamber Music America. The Quartet has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday, NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS television. Cavani Quartet recordings of Bartók, Dvořák, Schumann, Brahms, Erb, Chausson, Brouwer and Primosch are available on the Azica, Gasparo, New World, Albany, and Pantheon labels.

Ms. Sato is honored to have collaborated with many distinguished artists including Robert Mann, Alisa Weilerstein, Anton Nel, Stephanie Blythe, Charles Neidich, Itzhak Perlman, Franklin Cohen, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Takács, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence String Quartets. Music festival appearances and residencies include The Aspen Music Festival, The New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kniesel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Perlman Music Program, ChamberFest Cleveland, and Phoenixphest.

As a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Sato and her colleagues have coached many outstanding young musicians in the Intensive Quartet Seminar, the Apprentice Quartet Seminar, and the Art of Engagement Seminar. Former chamber music students include members of the Jupiter, Daedalus, Aeolus, Miró, Fry Street and Afiara Quartets, as well as members of the Cleveland, St. Paul, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.

Eric Wong

Celebrated for a “tone like toasted caramel. Amazing.” (Musical Toronto), Eric Wong is the violist of the Cavani Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). He was also a member of the JUNO-nominated Afiara Quartet and the Linden String Quartet, first prize winners of the Fischoff, Coleman, and Concert Artist Guild competitions.

Mr. Wong is a frequent guest educator and has given masterclasses and lectures in many institutions of higher learning in North America and Europe including Yale University,American University, the University of Iowa, the Royal Academy of Music of Århus,Middlesex University, the University of Toronto, and New York University Abu Dhabi.He is also active in collaborating with directors of several up-and-coming chamber music festivals including the Geneva Music Festival (genevamusicfestival.com) and the humanitarian initiative “Music Feeds Us” (musicfeedsus.org).

Mr. Wong has performed on the most iconic stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Severance Hall, Kings Place, Koerner Hall, and as a featured guest artist at the Aspen Ideas Festival. His chamber music collaborators have included the Tokyo Quartet, Sharon Isbin, Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Richard Stoltzman, Donald Weilerstein, and pianist and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, among others.

Si-Yan Darren Li

Cellist Si-Yan Darren Li made his professional debut at the age of nine and has gone on to an active career as recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Kennedy Center, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the Basilica de San Lorenzo in Florence.

Mr. Li has received top prizes in numerous prestigious competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. He was also a recipient of the “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Li has appeared in solo and chamber music performances in many renowned music festivals, including the Ravinia Festival, the Kronberg Academy Cello Festival, and the Verbier Festival. An active chamber musician, he has collaborated with such esteemed artists as Emanuel Ax, Alexander Toradze, Thomas Quasthoff, Cho-Liang Lin, Miriam Fried, Paul Katz and Carter Brey.

Mr. Li began his cello studies at the age of five in China. At the age of nine, he was accepted to the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. After moving to the United States in his early teens, he continued his cello studies with Orlando Cole in Philadelphia. He holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to Orlando Cole, his principal teachers include Fred Sherry, Harvey Shapiro, Alan Stepansky, and David Hardy. Mr. Li’s other mentors include Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum and Tsutsumi Tsuyoshi. From 2008 to 2009, he served as principal cello of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2009, Mr. Li joined the award-winning Euclid Quartet, a position he held for seven years. As a member of the quartet, his recording of the Bartók String Quartets was highly praised by Gramophone magazine and the American Recording Guide. Having previously taught at Indiana University-South Bend and the University of Central Florida, Mr. Li joined the award-winning Cavani Quartet and the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017. For many years, he has served as a jury member of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the New World Symphony International Auditions. Mr. Li plays a 1773 cello by G. B. Guadagnini, generously on loan from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Rin Kei-Mei.