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Biava String Quartet Masterclass March 22

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The Biava String Quartet will hold a masterclass at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Hyman and Frances Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall. The concert is part of a weeklong residency with Hill and Hollow Music. The masterclass is free and open to the public.

THe Biava String Quartet Students from the SUNY Plattsburgh string quartet will perform Mozart's String Quartet in C Major, K. 157 while the guest artists coach the student group. The Biava String Quartet will then demonstrate an "open rehearsal," so that the audience can experience how a quartet of its caliber collaborates to arrive at the musical decisions. The evening will close with a preview by the Biava String Quartet of some of the music they will perform during the Hill and Hollow concert on Sunday, March 26.

During its weeklong artist-residency with Hill & Hollow Music, the Biava Quartet work in several North Country Schools, performing and teaching workshops for students in grades K-12.  The quartet will also perform at Lake Forest Senior Retirement Community on its Dinner With A View series. 

Bringing artists of this caliber to the community represents some of Hill and Hollow's most important work, and the SUNY Plattsburgh Music Department is pleased to partner with Hill and Hollow Music on this project. 

Praised as "an ensemble of unusual communicative powers" with "a sensitivity beyond its years," the Biava Quartet has quickly established itself as one of the top young American string quartets.

The Biava String Quartet: Austin Hartman, violin; Hyunsu Ko, violin; Mary Persin, viola; and Jacob Braun, cello.

In recent years, the Biava Quartet has captured several of the most prestigious awards in chamber music, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award (2003), the London International Quartet Competition (2003), the Young Concert Artists International Auditions (2002 and 2003), the Coleman National Chamber Music Ensemble Competition (2002), and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2001).

Winning such honors has resulted in a full calendar of engagements throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Far East. Recent performance highlights include concerts at Alice Tully Hall (New York City), the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), Jordan Hall (Boston), and Wigmore Hall, (London) and for the Da Camera Society (Los Angeles) and the Loft Series (Chicago). They have participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Festival, the Itzak Perlman Chamber Music Festival and Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival.

For more information, contact the Music Department at SUNY Plattsburgh at 518-564-2180.

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