Award-Winning Biava Quartet to Perform April 6 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

March 13, 2008

The Biava Quartet, winner of the 2003 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, has quickly established itself as one of the top young American quartets. This exciting group will perform the Haydn Quartet in C Major, Op. 42 No. 2; the Janacek Quartet #1; and the Grieg Quartet in G Minor on Sunday, April 6, at 3 pm, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Tickets are $15 general admission ($12 for members). Call 413-458-0524, visit www.clarkart.edu, or stop by the museum shop to purchase tickets.

Dedicated to the performance of the classical repertoire, the Biava Quartet also maintains a strong commitment to the commissioning and performance of contemporary works. The quartet has championed the music of American composers Mason Bates, William Bolcom, John Harbison and Ezra Laderman. Working closely with composer Stacy Garrop, the Biava Quartet premiered and recorded her Second String Quartet “Demons and Angels” with CD release in the fall of 2007. Equally, the quartet has explored interdisciplinary work, including a dramatization of the Dreyfus affair with Ensemble for the Romantic Century at the Kosciuszko Foundation, and an investigation into Elgar and Edwardian art at the Yale Center for British Art.

The members of the Biava Quartet, violinists Austin Hartman and Hyunsu Ko, violist Mary Persin, and cellist Jason Calloway, hold the Lisa Arnhold Quartet Residency at the Juilliard School, serving as graduate quartet in residence and teaching assistants to the Juilliard Quartet. In addition to winning the Naumburg Award, they took third prize at the 2003 London International Quartet Competition, one of only a few American quartets to have ever received a prize. The quartet has also won top prizes at the Young Concert Artists, Coleman, and Fischoff chamber music competitions.

The Biava Quartet has performed to acclaim in major concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, London's Wigmore Hall and the Baroque Art Hall in Seoul. Other highlights from recent seasons include appearances at the Mostly Mozart and Aspen Music Festivals, Chautauqua Institution, and Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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