Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet captured international attention as the First Prize Winner of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition and are now the current Nina von Maltzahn Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. They have performed across the globe in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Izumi Hall, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts and have enjoyed collaborating with such esteemed artists as Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Michelle Cann, Roberto Diaz, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Paul Neubauer, Orion Weiss, and vocalist Hila Plitmann.
This summer, the Viano Quartet will perform at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Rockport Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, and the Bard Festival, and they will return to the 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition as alumni. They remained active through the Covid pandemic, presenting over a hundred virtual and live socially distanced events for organizations and festivals around the world, including the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Deutschlandfunk Radio, Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, Budapesti Őszi Fesztivál, and the Schneider Series in NYC.
The name “Viano” was created to describe the four individual instruments in a string quartet interacting as one. Each of the four instruments begins with the letter “v”, and like a piano, all four string instruments together play both harmony and melody, creating a unified instrument called the “Viano”.
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