Viano String Quartet
Sunday, March 19, 2023, 3:00 p.m
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Lucy Wang, violin
Hao Zhou, violin
Aiden Kane, viola
Tate Zawadiuk, cello
Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record
Guide), the Viano String Quartet is the First Prize Winner of the 2019 Banff International
String Quartet Competition and the current Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet-in-Residence at
the Curtis Institute of Music. Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los
Angeles, the quartet has performed all over the world in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Place
Flagey, Izumi Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
The quartet achieved incredible success in their formative years, with an unbroken streak of
top prizes. In addition to their career-defining achievement at the 2019 Banff International
String Quartet Competition, they received the Grand Prize at the 2019 ENKOR International
Music Competition and second prize at the 2019 Yellow Springs Chamber Music
Competition. At the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition they
received Third Prize, the Haydn Prize for the best performance of a Haydn quartet, and the
Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of the compulsory work, Thomas Ades’ “The
Four Quarters”. They received the Silver Medal at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music
Competition, and Third Prize at the 2017 9th Osaka International Chamber Music
Competition before any of the members turned 20.
Committed to engaging with communities outside the concert hall, the Viano String Quartet
has given presentations for school children and students of all ages through residencies in
Bellingham, Washington, Northern Michigan University, and the Santa Monica Conservatory.
The name “Viano” was created to describe the four individual instruments in a string quartet
interacting as one. Each of the four instruments begins with the letter “v”, and like a piano, all
four string instruments together play both harmony and melody, creating a unified instrument
called the “Viano”.