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Maia Quartet brings the string quartet back to UI School of Music
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- After a two-year absence, there will be a string
quartet on the University of Iowa School of Music faculty concert series
The School of Music has announced that the Maia Quartet will be Quartet
in Residence for the 1998-99 academic year. An established quartet that
tours to major concert halls and music festivals around the country, the
quartet will be in residence on the UI campus three times during the academic
year and will play a free concert in Clapp Recital Hall during each residence
at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and at 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 11.
The quartet was selected for the UI residency by members of the string
faculty at the School of Music. The members of the quartet -- Amy Kuhlmann
Apold and Timothy Shiu, violins; Elizabeth Oakes, viola; and Amos Yang,
cello -- are currently on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music
in Baltimore. They will be visiting assistant professors at the UI School
of Music. In addition to the free concerts in Clapp Recital Hall, each
UI residence period will include teaching activities in the School of Music
and outreach activities that will be arranged through the UI Arts Share
Commenting on the appointment of the Maia Quartet, David Nelson, the
director of the UI School of Music said, "We're excited by the presence
of this distinguished string quartet that has been invited by the string
faculty to join the School of Music as visiting professors next year. Their
performances will give our students and members of the community an opportunity
to hear exemplary performances of an essential part of the classical repertoire."
The UI School of Music has been without a resident string quartet since
in 1996, when three members of the Stradivari String Quartet retired from
the faculty at the same time. The Stradivari Quartet had been at the UI
since 1959, and their performances on the School of Music concert series
-- usually three or four times each academic year and always free -- had
become an expected part of the university's classical music season.
The Maia Quartet was founded in 1990, when the four members were students
at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The members were subsequently awarded
fellowships at the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. They
have also been awarded summer fellowships to the Norfolk Chamber Music
Festival and the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, where they
worked with the Emerson, Tokyo, Cleveland and American string quartets.
At Juilliard they worked closely with the Juilliard Quartet and served
as their teaching assistants.
The quartet has played concerts at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center,
for the "Music the Great Hall" series in Baltimore, at the Terrace
Theatre at the Kennedy Center, and as visiting artists at Harris Hall of
the Aspen Music Festival. Their collaborations with leading chamber musician
have included performances with flutist Samuel Baron and violist Michael
Tree of the Guarneri Quartet. They have performed world premieres of works
by Pierre Jalbert, Donald Grantham, Jeffrey Mumford and Ingram Marshall.
The Maia Quartet is also recognized for its educational outreach activities.
The ensemble recently completed a three-year project in partnership with
the Aspen Music Festival, under a grant from the Lila Wallace Foundation,
aimed at building adult audiences through a series of innovative programs
exploring the relationship between music and other art forms.
Their frequent invitations for short-term educational residencies have
included engagements with Chamber Music Northwest, the Austin (Texas) Chamber
Music Center, the Music Associates of Aspen and the city of Katsuyama,
Performances for children have included a family concert at Lincoln
Center on the Metropolitan Opera's "Growing Up with Opera and Friends"
series and appearances for ArtsExcel, Young Audiences, Inc. and the Midori