The Violin Channel not too long ago caught up with the 2019 Banff Worldwide String Quartet Competitors joint-1st prize profitable ensemble, the Colburn College-based Viano String Quartet.
Comprising violinists Hao Zhou and Lucy Wang, violist Aiden Kane and cellist Tate Zawadiuk, the Vianos are former main prize winners on the Wigmore Corridor, Osaka and Fischoff Worldwide String Quartet Competitions.
VIANO STRING QUARTET | BEETHOVEN | STRING QUARTET NO. 14 IN C# MINOR OP. 131 | 4TH MVT | 2019 BANFF INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET COMPETITION | JOINT 1ST PRIZE
Woot! How does it really feel to be a 1st prize profitable ensemble from the illustrious Banff Worldwide String Quartet Competitors?
“We really feel completely ecstatic, fortunate, and exhilarated! …. we’ve identified about BISQC for years and are delighted to be sharing the consideration with our buddies the Marmen Quartet – who we’ve identified since 2017”
What do you are feeling will probably be your most vivd reminiscence out of your ground-breaking week in Banff?
“We’ve got many fantastic reminiscences from BISQC! … the breathtaking sight of the mountains surrounding Banff, studying quartets with fellow rivals and buddies on a makeshift baroque stage within the Banff Centre campus bistro and bar, and the unbelievable feeling of performing all through the competitors for such a devoted viewers made for a wonderful expertise.
Our fondest reminiscence is the second Marmen and Viano realized that we shared each the First Prize and the Canadian Fee Prize!”
The place did you get the identify ‘Viano’ from? And the way did you come collectively as a quartet?
“We fashioned on the Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2015 … every scholar is required to carry out a chamber music audition after they arrive for his or her diploma.
It simply so occurred that Lucy, Hao, Tate, and, on the time, a distinct violist had been positioned collectively in a quartet.
A few 12 months and a half later, when our authentic violist left the group, we had been delighted to ask the fantastic Aiden to hitch our workforce—the remainder is historical past.
The time period “Viano” was created as a strategy to describe the 4 particular person devices in a string quartet interacting as one … every of the 4 devices begins with the letter “v”, and like a piano, all 4 string devices collectively play each concord and melody, making a unified instrument referred to as the ‘Viano’”
What are crucial classes you are feeling you might have learnt as an ensemble out of your preparation for BISQC?
“Creative dedication is likely one of the most crucial points of a efficiency … in our preparation for BISQC we discovered to commit wholeheartedly to our concepts, and that it’s okay to have disagreements as long as we’re ready to speak to beat our variations.
Most significantly, we had been reminded that enjoying music is enjoyable! That is a vital bit of data that all of us have to be reminded of once in a while”
What suggestions do you might have for working towards to assist obtain the unbelievable synchronization your ensemble displayed this week?
“There are numerous methods to realize enjoying collectively as an ensemble … for us, crucial ingredient is permitting the position of management to be handed round to every member of the quartet relying on the given passage.
To find who leads the place, we spend time in rehearsal attempting out numerous methods of adjusting the management place till we discover the precise one for us.
For each quartet, their system will probably be completely different — it’s a matter of experimenting to see what works finest. Despite the fact that there may be management in a quartet, our philosophy is that no person is ever following.
We’re at all times enjoying with each other, no matter who provides the cue … this permits everybody to raised play to their strengths and permits for spontaneity onstage slightly than a prepackaged interpretation”
What recommendation do you might have for holding one’s deal with the music – even below the worrying state of affairs of a contest?
“For us, we discover it helpful to all agree on a specific aim for any given efficiency.
Every of us even have our personal pre-concert routines that assist us put together mentally and bodily, however as a bunch all of us consider key ingredient to efficiency is sharing a second of light-hearted humor previous to strolling on stage.
The grins we share remind us of how fortunate we’re to play music collectively!”
Who has been the Viano’s most influential mentors and inspirations?
“We’ve got been lucky to work with so many fantastic musicians … our most influential mentors have been Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith from the Tokyo String Quartet and Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet.
We’re extraordinarily grateful to all the school at Colburn who’ve provided us large assist and inspiration”
Away out of your devices, what do the 4 of you take pleasure in doing collectively?
“As a quartet we take pleasure in going to eating places collectively, and at Banff we went for a number of quartet hikes.
Outdoors of rehearsal we discover it wholesome to have a break from each other – particularly throughout a contest or a busy tour”
What does the long run maintain for the Vianos? What’s the ensemble’s profession objective?
“This 12 months we begin our two 12 months interval because the Ensemble-in-Residence on the Colburn Conservatory of Music.
We hope that, with our first prize win at BISQC, we are able to proceed to pursue our aim of turning into a global touring quartet with a full live performance schedule.
Along with our love for performing in live performance halls around the globe, we’re additionally keen about producing performances geared towards audiences which can be new to classical music … we consider that it’s the duty of artists of our technology to carry consideration to classical music”