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Biava String Quartet Residency Lecture Sept. 28

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The Biava String Quartet with guest composer Stacy Garrop will give an informal lecture-demonstration on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall, at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.  This is the first in a series of free public lectures that will be held throughout the fall and spring semesters at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Biava String Quartet The SUNY Plattsburgh Music Department and Hill and Hollow Music are sponsoring the Biava String Quartet residency lecture, "The Process of Commission." The 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.  They have captured many top prizes and awards in chamber music, including Naumburg, Borciani, London, Young Concert Artists, Coleman and Fischoff.

For more information, contact the music department at 518-564-2180.


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, and for several years has been ensemble-in-residence at the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina.

The members of the Biava Quartet are Austin Hartman, violin; Hyunsu Ko, violin; Mary Persin, viola; and Jacob Braun, cello.

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 served as mentor and inspiration to the quartet since its inception.

Guest Composer Stacy Garrop was commissioned by Chicago's "Music in the Loft" series to compose a work expressly for the Biava Quartet.  The result was her Quartet No.2 "Demons and Angels," which was given premieres by the quartet in Chicago and New Haven.  It is an extremely moving experience to hear this music performed as the Biava Quartet interprets it. Excerpts of this piece will be performed and discussed at the lecture.

The quartet and Garrop will trace the process of how this extraordinary work came into being and was brought to life: from human experience to musical notation on paper - from rehearsals to the concert hall.

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