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Release: Nov. 8, 2002
MAIA QUARTET VIOLINIST PLAYS DUOS, TRIOS AND QUARTETS NOV. 22
in the Maia Quartet is only the beginning for Timothy Shiu. The second violinist
of the string quartet in residence at the University of Iowa School of Music
also plays chamber music in other settings -- such as the string duos and
trios, and the quartets for piano and strings, that he and several friends
will present at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The concert, in which Shiu will play with the Maias cellist, Hannah
Holman, as well as violist Suzanne Wagor and pianist Mansoon Han, is the first
of two concerts for unusual chamber combinations that Shiu will play this
year. The second, scheduled for May 6, 2003, will feature the three string
players without the piano.
The program for the Nov. 22 concert comprises music from the Renaissance
to the 19th century: Nine Fantasies by Thomas Morley, arranged for violin
and viola by Arnold Dolmetsch; Three-Part Inventions by J.S. Bach, arranged
for string trio; Mozarts Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478; and Robert
Schumanns Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47.
Modern string players rarely perform music before the Baroque period,
Shiu said. Suzanne (Wagor) and I have discovered a delightful arrangement
of short pieces by the English Renaissance composer, Thomas Morley, which
we thought would make a refreshing opening to the concert. There is a cleansing
purity to this music, and also to the Bach Inventions,
The Bach pieces, by the way, might be considered a prelude of things
to come in the May concert, when we will perform the Russian violinist Dmitri
Sitkovetskys string trio arrangement of Bach's monumental Goldberg
The Mozart and Schumann Piano Quartets are of course staples of the
literature, and I am thrilled to have this chance to play them with my good-friend
colleague from Hope College, pianist Mansoon Han.
A founding member of the Maia Quartet, Shiu joined the UI faculty with the
other members of the quartet in 1998. He has concertized extensively throughout
the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia, and has collaborated with
violinist Peter Zazovsky of the Muir Quartet, violist Michael Tree of the
Guarneri Quartet, the late flutist Samuel Baron and other renowned chamber
musicians. He has been a member of the Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and
the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, where he held the position of
Principal Second Violin.
Before joining the UI faculty, Shiu taught chamber music at the Peabody Conservatory
of Music and has also served at the Juilliard School as teaching assistant
to Joel Smirnoff of the Juilliard Quartet. His summer teaching engagements
include the Interlochen Arts Camps Advanced String Quartet Institute
and Colorado Music in the Mountains.
Shiu began his violin studies at the age of three and a half, and during
his high school years he attended the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard
School. He holds a bachelors degree from Yale University, where he also
received the T. Whitney Blake Prize for scholarship in English and excellence
in Music. He has received a masters degree from the Cleveland Institute
of Music and has held fellowships at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and
the Juilliard School.
Wagor leads a full and varied performing and teaching career. She holds a
bachelors degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a performance diploma
from the Guildhall School of Music in London, England, with additional studies
at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include
UI emeritus faculty member William Preucil.
An avid chamber musician, she has appeared in performance with members of
the Peabody Trio, the Tokyo String Quartet, The Nash Ensemble and Red Cedar
Chamber Music. During the 2000-01 season she served as principal viola of
the Cedar Rapids Symphony and maintained a full studio of violin and viola
students at the Cedar Rapids Symphony School and at Coe College. Wagor spent
last season continuing her studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and
has now returned to Iowa City, where she continues her work as chamber musician
and private instructor.
Holman, who served as principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony in 2001-02,
joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. She is also assistant principal
cello of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta,
Previously she served as principal cello of the Jackson (Mich.) Symphony and
assistant principal of the Greater Lansing Symphony and Michigan Chamber Orchestra.
She also was assistant principal of the Richmond (Va.) Symphony.
Always an active chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Beaumont
Piano Trio, performing recitals in several states as well as on tour in England,
and was a founding member of Quadrivium, a music ensemble in residence at
the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. As soloist she played with orchestras in
Michigan, Virginia, and Georgia, and was invited to the Pablo Casals Cello
competition in Germany and the Luis Sigall Cello Competition in Chile.
Holman has served on the faculties of the Worcester College in England, Michigan
State University Community Music School and Virginia Union University. Holman
studied at the Eastman School of Music and Michigan State University, where
she completed her Bachelor of Music Degree. She obtained her masters
degree at the New England Conservatory in 1993.
Mansoon Han began her piano studies at the age of six in Seoul, Korea. She
has won numerous competitions, including the Yook Young Competition and the
Nan Pa Music Competition. After receiving her bachelors degree from
Seoul National University she moved to the United States to study with renowned
concert pianist Ann Schein at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore,
where she received both masters and doctoral degrees. She won a number
of awards at Peabody, including the Clara Ascherfeld accompanying award and
a Peabody Scholarship.
Han has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Orford Arts Center
and the Kent Blossom Summer Chamber Music Festival. Currently teaching piano
at Hope College in Holland, Mich., Han leads an active performing career.
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with members of the Maia Quartet;
with Peter Landgren, Principal French Horn with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra;
and with soprano Hyunah Yu, 1998 Naumberg Competition finalist.
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