From Peter Salaff, former member of the Cleveland String Quartet and Director of String Chamber Music at The Cleveland Institute of MusicBy Todd Brown In Reviews
As ambassadors for classical music in our community, the Cavani Quartet, is second to none. The Quartet, as individuals or together, are wonderful teachers, artists and performers. They are outstanding human beings — are extremely supportive colleagues and are great role models for their students. They are so passionate about music and what it can bring to people of any age or background. As teachers and performers, I have found that they practice what they preach. The way they engage young audiences through fun and exciting games, bringing the composers and music to life— makes their programming totally accessible on all levels.
They have trained many young string quartets to perform and do outreach in the schools. Among others places, they and their students have been involved with the Cleveland School of the Arts, passing on their skills and giving selflessly of their time. They have brought chamber music to numerous young people at a time when music has been cut from school programs here and across the country. As you can see from their bios, the awards they have received and the support materials in this nomination packet, their role in outreach in the U.S. is unparalleled.
The Cavani Quartet has been extremely supportive of new music, having performed several premieres. It is essential that composers of our time are introduced to contemporary audiences. The group embraces this concept and spreads the word, as they do with music from any time frame. All music is exciting and meaningful when in their capable hands.
As a string quartet they model cooperation, team work, dialogue and respect of one another’s ideas and innovations such as their performance of all the Beethoven String Quartets in various public libraries throughout Cleveland. I believe that no one can do what they do with students, or out in the community, with the same enthusiasm and spirit. As a colleague, I wake up each day grateful that I have the opportunity to work with them and am proud to teach with them.
Director of String Chamber Music, CIM
Founding member of The Cleveland Quartet