Viano String Quartet - Biography

Viano String Quartet © Jeff Fasano Photography

Viano String Quartet

Lucy Wang - violin

Hao Zhou - violin

Aiden Kane - viola

Tate Zawadiuk - violoncello

Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019 (shared first prize with the Marmen Quartet)

Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet has received top prizes at several national and international competitions. The quartet received the Grand Prize at the 2019 ENKOR International Music Competition and second prize at the 2019 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition. Amongst other awards they also received accolades in 2018 at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition as well as the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and in 2017 at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.

Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where they are appointed ensemble-in-residence through the 2020-21 season, the quartet has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, SOKA Performing Arts Center, and the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts. This summer the Viano String Quartet returned to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the McGill International String Quartet Academy.

During the 2019-20 season the quartet makes several important debuts: on the Schneider Concerts series in New York City, at the Beijing International Chamber Music Festival and for the Vancouver Chamber Music Society.

The Viano String Quartet has performed with musicians such as pianists Emanuel Ax and Elisso Virsaladze.

They have received coachings from artists such as David Finckel, Gary Hoffman, Arnold Steinhardt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and members of the Emerson, Brentano, St. Lawrence and Calidore String Quartets. They have attended the St. Lawrence String Quartet Summer Chamber Music Seminar, McGill International String Quartet Academy and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival of Yale School of Music. Besides their classical concert activity, they are committed to engaging with children and communities outside the concert hall.