Viano String Quartet Announced as New Quartet in Residence at Curtis Institute of Music
The award-winning quartet enters Curtis in the 2021–22 school year through the Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program
The Curtis Institute of Music is excited to name the Viano String Quartet as its string quartet in residence for 2021–22. Recently added to the roster of Opus 3 Artists, the quartet comes to Curtis with an impressive list of accomplishments and experience, including top prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2019 and a residency at the Colburn School which concludes later this year. While at Curtis the Viano String Quartet will present recitals, perform with Ensemble 20/21 and Curtis on Tour, and participate in masterclasses with guest quartets and other visiting artists. Additional activities include the design and implementation of a unique performance project with Curtis’s Community Artists Program and mentorship of Curtis students who are part of the Young Artists Initiative (those of high school age and younger). The quartet will be closely mentored by major faculty, including the Dover Quartet, Curtis’s Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence and itself a graduate of the Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program.
“The four of us are thrilled to be moving to Philadelphia,” say the members of the quartet. “We look forward to immersing ourselves in Curtis’s exceptional community of musicians, colleagues, and mentors. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to work with the truly world class members of the faculty, including the Dover Quartet, whom we’ve always looked up to.”
The Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program was established in 2013 and has graduated ensembles that are pursuing fast-rising and global careers and receiving accolades such as Grammy Award nominations, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, top prizes from the M Prize Competition and Astral Artist’s National Auditions, and recognition in the New York Times, among others. This is one of several professional bridge programs at Curtis designed to mentor musicians at the beginning of significant careers in the arts.