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Biava Quartet Lecture and Performance Nov. 9

PLATTSBURGH, NY — The Music Department at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, in association with Hill & Hollow Music, will host the second of four appearances by the Biava String Quartet for the 2006-2007 lecture-performance series, "Mining the Riches of the String Quartet Literature."

The lecture and performance, "The Evolution of the String Quartet - Part 1: Classical and Romantic Masterpieces," will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Hyman and Frances Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall. This event is free and open to the public.  

The special partnership with Hill & Hollow Music brings the Biava Quartet to SUNY Plattsburgh and the greater community. The quartet will discuss the works of Haydn and Brahms as well as these composers' influence on the development of the string quartet genre.  With its warm, personable approach, the Biava String Quartet engages the audience as listeners. Audience members are also able to exchanges ideas and ask questions.

The Biava Quartet is recognized as one of today's top young American quartets and has established an enthusiastic following in the United States and abroad with sensitive artistry and communicative powers. The quartet has captured many top prizes and awards in chamber music, including Naumburg, Borciani, London, Young Concert Artists, Coleman and Fischoff.

Founded in 1998 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Biava Quartet has performed in major international music halls, 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 and Itzhak Perlman chamber music festivals and the ProQuartet Academie in France.  The quartet has made concert tours abroad in England, France, Italy, Japan and South Korea.

Individually and collectively as an ensemble, they are graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory and Yale University where they were teaching assistants to the Tokyo Quartet.  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. The members of the Biava Quartet are: Austin Harman, violin; Hyunsu Ko, violin; Mery Persin, viola; and Jacob Braun, cello.

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