CAVANI STRING QUARTET ~ BIOGRAPHY. Described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant” , the Cavani String Quartet’s performances embody a natural empathy and passion, which continue to electrify and inspire audiences across the country. Winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award and Musical America Magazine Young Artist of the Year, they were appointed Quartet in Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music in 1988. The Cavani Quartet most recently earned this accolade: ” a true musical tour-de-force. astonishingly beautiful and technically superb , chamber music at it’s best.”
The only ensemble to be selected twice, in both 2005 and 2011, The Cavani String Quartet is the recipient of the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence, from Chamber Music America. Appearances include Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Muziekcentrum De Ijsbreker in Amsterdam, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Honolulu Chamber Music Society. The Cavani Quartet has the honor of being a winner The Cleveland Quartet Award at The Eastman School, as well as numerous competitions including, Fischoff, Banff and Coleman. Active proponents of contemporary music, the Quartet has commissioned, performed and recorded a worldwide array of living composers and is a recipient of the CMA/ ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The Quartet has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today , “Says you!” and St. Paul Sunday Morning, NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS television. Cavani Quartet recordings of Bartók, Dvořák, Schumann, Brahms, Erb, Chausson, Brouwer and Primosch are available on the Azica, Gasparo, New World, Albany, and Pantheon labels. Collaborations with distinguished artists include Robert Mann, Anton Nel, Sergei Babayan, Stephanie Blythe, Nathan Gunn, Alisa Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, and members of the Juilliard, Emerson, Takacs, Ying, St. Lawrence and Cleveland Quartets.
Leaders in the field of Arts in Education, the Cavani Quartet has received no less than ten Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants. Nationally acclaimed for their inspiring and innovative teaching and proactive approach to residencies, the Quartet has developed creative programs for audiences of all ages, including a series of children’s concerts for the Chamber Music of Lincoln Center. As a result of the Quartet’s exceptional performance history and for their approach, experience and commitment to sharing this music with all types of musicians and audiences, and finally, their ability to create an interest and enthusiasm for the art of chamber music, their residency in Cleveland has flourished and they are considered “a community treasure”. In their 27 years of residency , the Cavani String Quartet has performed dynamic and inspiring educational programs for over 100,000 Northeastern Ohio children grades K-12 , in schools in communities throughout Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage,Wayne, Franklin, Summit, Geauga, Sandusky, Delaware, Erie and, Lorain Counties. The Cavani Quartet has also collaborated with artists across disciplines to create programs that unite poetry, well as painting, theatre and dance with the string quartet medium, including the award-winning M.A.P. (Music, Art and Poetry) Program, and COLLAGE, Music & Poetry, with Poet Mwatabu Okantah. As result of their extensive experience in chamber music education, the Cavani Quartet was invited to participate as a leadership ensemble in the first national Chamber Music Educator/Ensemble Seminar sponsored by Chamber Music America. Since the formation festival appearances and residencies include The Aspen Music Festival, The New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kniesel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and The Perlman Music Program. At the Cleveland Institute of Music the Cavani Quartet has developed The Intensive Quartet Seminar, the Apprentice Quartet Program, and The Art of Engagement for student ensembles devoted to the serious study of chamber music. Former graduates of CIM”s Intensive Quartet Seminar include members of the Linden, Afiara, Omer, Catalyst, Daedalus, Jupiter, Miro, String Quartets, as well as members of The Cleveland Orchestra, The Met Orchestra and The Chicago Symphony. The Cavani Quartet’s chamber music rehearsal techniques and mentorship skills have garnered national acclaim, and in collaboration with Dr. Dorianne Cotter Lockwood, will be publishing a book : Empowered Performers :Rehearsal Techniques and Coaching Strategies for Musicians.
The Quartet has served as Visiting Artists- in -Residence at The University of Texas, Austin, The University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, and The University of California, Riverside and most recently the inaugural year of The University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program. The Quartet has been on the Advisory Board of Amateur Chamber Music Players and currently serves on the Honorary Board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. The Cavani Quartet was awarded a Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Project Support Grant for their innovative Beethoven & Brotherhood Project- performing the complete quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven in sixteen neighborhood libraries throughout Cleveland. The Quartet ‘s acclaimed 2010-2012 series Breaking Barriers with Bartok, featured the complete quartets of Bela Bartok, in a lecture- demonstration format, illuminating Bartok’s work as an ethnomusicologist and humanitarian. During the 2013-2015 seasons The Cavani Quartet will serve as Master Quartet in Residence for The Chamber Music Society of Detroit for which they have been awarded their 10th Chamber Music America Residency Partnership grant.