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April 13, 2005

Tricia Park Will Be First Violinist Of Maia Quartet

The Maia String Quartet, the quartet in residence at the University of Iowa School of Music, has selected Tricia Park as their new first violinist. She will join the quartet for their summer activities, including participation in the Quartet Program at Bucknell University June 18-19, and will be a member of the UI faculty beginning in the fall.

The first violin chair was vacated when the group's original first violinist, Amy Appold, left last fall to take a position at the University of Missouri. The search to fill the position, undertaken over the fall and spring semesters, was unusually public for a string quartet. It was conducted more like the search for an orchestral music director than for a quartet player: two finalists were invited to campus to teach, rehearse with the other members of the group, and in each case to play a public concert as first violinist, giving audiences insight into the unique abilities of each candidate.

Park played a concert with Maia Quartet and oboist Mark Weiger from the School of Music faculty on Feb. 11.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Linda Maxson commented: "I am delighted that Tricia Park will be joining the Maia. Although we are sorry to see Amy leave, and wish her well in her new home, Tricia clearly will provide continued excellence as the new first violin. Her sparkling energy and passionate playing meld beautifully with the other members of the Maia, and her aspirations for the quartet are shared by the other members. I look forward to helping them reach ever new heights of virtuosity and visibility."

Kristin Thelander, director of the UI School of Music, said she was "impressed by both her personal presence and by the remarkable fit with the group. It was immediately evident that she was very professional and eager to join both the Maia Quartet and the School of Music faculty, and when she played with the group, it was as if they had played together for years."

Elizabeth Oakes, the founding violist of the quartet, said, "My colleagues and I are thrilled that Tricia is joining the Maia Quartet. It was clear the moment we first read music together that there was a spark, and our work over the following two weeks proved to be incredibly exciting. From her exquisite playing to her rehearsal demeanor to her long range vision, we could not have imagined a more perfect match for the current members of the quartet."

At the time of Park's audition with the quartet in February, Gutierrez noted that Park already had a flourishing solo career. "She could easily have a career as a soloist, but her first love is chamber music and she is very excited to come to Iowa City and work with us," Gutierrez said.

Park has received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was selected as one of "Korea's World Leaders of Tomorrow" by the Korean Daily Central newspaper. Since appearing in her first orchestral engagement with the Baltimore Symphony, she has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa; the Montreal, Dallas, Cincinnati, Seattle, Honolulu, Nevada, and Lincoln Symphonies; and the Calgary, Buffalo, and Westchester and Naples Philharmonics. She has also given recitals throughout the United States, including a highly acclaimed performance at the Ravinia Rising Stars series.

Recent season highlights include a recital debut at the Kennedy Center, appearances at the Lincoln Center Festival in Bright Sheng's "The Silver Rivers" and collaborations with composers Tan Dun, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Timothy Eddy and Steven Tenenbom. When she played with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra at Jordan Hall, a review in the Boston Herald concluded, "If you see the name Tricia Park in any future programs, buy a ticket."

Other recent highlights include performances with the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, appearances with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, her Korean debut performance with the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Orchestra and a tour of New Mexico under the auspices of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Park appeared with Pinchas Zukerman at the gala opening of the Aspen Music Festival's Harris Concert Hall and was singled out by the New York Times as a major new talent. Shortly thereafter she made her New York debut in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. The Times wrote that her performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 under the direction of Hans Vonk revealed "a trim, refined sound and demonstrated an impressive technical and interpretive control." She has since appeared with the festival's orchestra on tours of the United States, Canada, and Japan.

Park received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with the legendary violin teacher Dorothy DeLay and received the Starling-DeLay Teaching Fellowship. She has studied and performed chamber music with Felix Galimir, Pinchas Zukerman, Cho-Liang Lin, Michael Tree, Gary Hoffman and members of the American, Guarneri, Juilliard and Orion String Quartets.

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. In recent years they have collaborated with other leading chamber musicians around the world, and 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.

The invitation to the Quartet Program at Bucknell University is the most recent of many honors for the Maia Quartet. Founded by violinist Charles Castleman, who gave a guest recital at the UI this spring, it is a seven-week summer program for intensive study and performance of chamber and solo string repertory. Major string quartets who have performed and taught for the Quartet Program include the Cleveland, Emerson, Tokyo and Ying quartets. Master classes have been presented by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Joseph Silverstein and other well known artists.

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