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

Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet are First Prize winners of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition (shared first prize with the Marmen Quartet). Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where they are 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.

During the 2019-20 season, the Viano will perform on three continents, making debuts in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, New York City and Vancouver, among other cities. The quartet will also give several performances in Los Angeles and record for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. As part of its First Prize at Banff, the Viano String Quartet will tour numerous concert halls throughout Europe in 2020, amongst others Hamburg, Bonn, Heidelberg, Leipzig and Lucerne.

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.

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.


Biography (155 words)

Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet won First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition and top prizes at the Osaka and Wigmore Hall International Chamber Music Competitions, where they also received the Haydn Prize and Sidney Griller Award. Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where they are 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. The Viano String Quartet has performed with world class musicians such as pianists Emanuel Ax and Elisso Virsaladze. During the 2019-20 season, the Viano will perform on three continents, making debuts in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, New York City and Vancouver and, as part of its First Prize at Banff, conduct a tour through Europe.


Biography (90 words)

The Viano String Quartet won First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition and top prizes at the Wigmore Hall and Osaka International Chamber Music Competitions. Formed in 2015, the quartet has since performed with esteemed musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Martin Beaver, and Elisso Virsaladze. The quartet will make important debuts on three continents during the 2019-2020 season and, as part of its First Prize at Banff, conduct a tour through Europe in 2020. They are Ensemble-in-Residence at the Colburn Conservatory of Music through the 2020-21 season.


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