Seton Hill U. to Present Biava Quartet & Chanticleer
The Biava Quartet, winner of the 2003 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, is recognized as one of today’s top young American quartets. Having established an enthusiastic following in the United States and abroad, the Quartet captured top prizes at the 2005 Premio Paolo Borciani and 2003 London International String Quartet Competitions, impressing audiences with its sensitive artistry and communicative powers. The members of the Biava Quartet - violinists Austin Hartman and Hyunsu Ko, violist Mary Persin and cellist Jacob Braun - are recent recipients of Artist Diplomas from the Yale University School of Music. The Biava Quartet has performed at major music halls throughout the world including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, the Library of Congress and London’s Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared at the Aspen, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Mostly Mozart and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals and the ProQuartet Academie in France. Internationally, the Quartet has made concert tours to England, France, Italy, Japan and South Korea. The Biava Quartet has been featured in Strings and Strad magazines and in newspapers throughout the world. They have been heard on London’s BBC Radio 3 and numerous national radio broadcasts and will complete a Naxos recording of the Mozart Concerti for Piano and String Quartet in collaboration with pianist Robert Blocker this year. This season will also include the Chicago debut of Stacy Garrop’s Second String Quartet “Demons and Angels” with upcoming CD release in the spring of 2007. The Biava Quartet is honored to take its name from Maestro Luis Biava, who has been a mentor and inspiration to the quartet since its inception. To learn more about the Quartet, visit www.biavaquartet.com. The Biava Quartet’s appearance at Seton Hill is presented in collaboration with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.
Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. With its seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass, the ensemble has earned international renown as “an orchestra of voices.” The ensemble has 28 recordings to its credit, including medieval and Renaissance sacred music, spirituals, folk songs, Christmas carols and commissioned works from an impressive array of composers and arrangers. Chanticleer concerts are designed to appeal to audiences of all backgrounds and levels of music appreciation. The men of Chanticleer often speak to the audience from the stage, giving background and a personal touch to the glorious sounds they make. Chanticleer’s Greensburg performance is co-sponsored by the Diocese of Greensburg.