The Valley Concert Society is thrilled to welcome the Viano String Quartet to the stage of the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Sunday, March 19, at 3:00 p.m.
The quartet was originally scheduled to be here in April of 2021 as part of the winner’s tour resulting from their first-place finish at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2019.
The four musicians met at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles and formed their quartet in 2015. Violinist Hao Zhou is from California and in the same year that the quartet won at Banff Hao was the grand laureate at the Montreal International Violin Competition.
Violist Aiden Kane grew up in several American locations including Texas and Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. She played earlier with the Calla Quartet and has performed as viola soloist with several orchestras.
The other two members of the quartet are BC natives. Violinist Lucy Wang grew up in Vancouver, and cellist Tate Zawadiuk is from Coquitlam. Both have been recognized on CBC’s annual list of 30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30, and both have had an appearance as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
The quartet practiced and performed and participated in competitions with very good results until 2019 when they placed first in the prestigious competition at Banff. That win was a springboard for the group, and they have soared to new heights in the world of chamber music. They are in demand around the world performing concerts, participating in music festivals, and collaborating with some of the biggest names in classical music such as Emmanuel Ax and Marc-André Hamelin.
The ensemble is currently based at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where they are being mentored by the Dover Quartet, a group that won at Banff in 2013.
These young musicians have already established impressive credentials and have the very highest levels of classical music performance well within their sights. This is an opportunity to see them on their way to becoming household names in the Canadian classical music scene.
Tickets for this remarkable performance are available online at www.valleyconcertsociety.com at $32 for adults and $20 for students. For more information, call 604-289-3377.
I look forward to seeing you at the concert.
John Wiebe - President
The Valley Concert Society