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March 29, 2010

Maia Quartet to perform April 15 with guest artist Volkan Orhon

The Maia Quartet, the resident string quartet at the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform music by Dvorak and Zemlinsky at 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the Riverside Recital Hall on the UI arts campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Guest artist and faculty colleague Volkan Orhon will join the quartet to perform Antonin Dvorak's String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77. Orhon is associate professor of double bass in the UI School of Music and principal double bass in Orchestra Iowa. He is also a D'Addario Diamond Performing Artist.

The concert is one of a series that the Maia Quartet offers on campus each year. Its members -- violinists Tricia Park and Zoran Jakovcic, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman -- are all members of the UI School of Music faculty. In addition to the Dvorak music, the concert will also feature a performance of the String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15 by Viennese-born composer Alexander von Zemlinsky.

Founded in 1990, 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. The quartet has gained wide recognition for its educational outreach activities as its members have shared their love of music with children under the auspices of Young Audiences Inc. and the Midori Foundation.

Acclaimed for his musicality and virtuosity, Orhon was a finalist and prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in New York City and the co-first place winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. Additionally, he was the first double bass player ever to win the grand prize overall and first prize for double bass at the American String Teacher's Association Solo Competition.

Born and raised in Turkey, Orhon began playing the double bass at the age of 12 and spent much of his youth touring Europe with the Mediterranean Youth Soloists. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the Ankara State Conservatory under the tutelage of Tahir Sumer, he became a member of the Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra. In 1991, he came to the United States to continue his studies with Gary Karr at The Hartt School of Music, where he earned an artist diploma and master of music.

He has performed with internationally recognized musicians including the Emerson String Quartet and has been a soloist with symphony orchestras in Turkey and in the United States, including in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; El Paso, Texas; and Hartford, Conn.. He was one of the performers for the international consortium of Pulitzer Winner composer John Harbison's Concerto for Bass Viol and Orchestra. In addition, he was recently a featured soloist at the Polish World Bass Festival.

More information, including photos and bios of the individual members of the Maia Quartet can be found online at For more information and photos of Volkan Orhon, see

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