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Release: April 27, 2001
Student winners of UI chamber music competition will perform with Maia
Quartet May 7
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Outstanding student chamber musicians from the University
of Iowa School of Music will be showcased on a free concert, performing with
members of the Maia String Quartet, at 8 p.m. Monday, May 7 in Clapp Recital
Hall on the UI campus.
Alexander Van Dorpe, a cello student in the School of Music, will perform
with the quartet as winner of the first Maia Quartet Chamber Music Competition.
In addition, two student chamber ensembles, chosen from among groups in the
schools chamber music program, will each perform a piece at the concert.
The Maia Quartet is in its third year as the quartet-in-residence at the
UI School of Music. The members of the quartet -- Amy Kuhlmann Appold and
Timothy Shiu, violins; Elizabeth Oakes, viola; and Amos Yang, cello -- teach
chamber music and coach student chamber ensembles in the School of Music.
They initiated the competition to provide recognition and a valuable performance
opportunity for outstanding students in the chamber music program. Open to
all UI music students, the competition was judged by members of the quartet.
Students performed individually in an initial audition, and two students were
then selected to audition by playing with the quartet.
This years competition focused specifically on chamber music with
strings. In subsequent years the competition will focus on other families
of instruments. Next years competition will feature chamber music with
piano, and future competitions will feature wind players and singers.
In addition to the individual competition, the members of the Maia Quartet
also heard student ensembles that have participated in the chamber music program.
Five groups that included string players participated in this phase of the
selection process, from which two were chosen for the concert.
To open the concert the Ariel String Quartet -- violinists Marjorie Gere
and Carrie Beaderstadt, violist Bjorg Larson and cellist Elizabeth King --
will perform Shostakovichs String Quartet No 8, op. 100. The Ariel String
Quartet has been playing together as part of the chamber music program since
Next, an ensemble consisting of pianist Lilia Stoycheva, violinist Anna
Skogman, violist Mary Kelly and cellist Giovanna Cruz, will perform Antonin
Dvoraks Piano Quartet in D major,
op. 23. A new ensemble that was formed during the spring semester, this group
does not yet have a name.
Following intermission, Van Dorpe will take Yangs place alongside
the other members of the Maia Quartet for a performance of Alexander Borodins
String Quartet No. 2 in D major.
Founded in1990, the Maia Quartet has established itself nationally with
performances in major concert halls including Alice Tully Hall in New York,
the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington, D.C., and Harris Hall at
the Aspen Music Festival. They have had summer teaching engagements at the
Interlochen Arts Academy, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the South Carolina
Governors School for the Arts and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School.
Prior to coming to Iowa, they also taught on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory.
The quartet has gained wide recognition for its educational outreach activities,
including participation in a three-year project aimed at building adult audiences,
achieved in partnership with the Aspen Music Festival under a grant from the
Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation.
The Maia Quartet was founded 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 School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts.
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