Hailed as passionate and inspiring performers, as well as ambassadors for chamber music, the Cavani String Quartet succeeds like few others in communicating the sheer joy of music making. As quartet-in-residence at the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988, and winner of numerous accolades, including the prestigious Naumburg Award, the Cavani Quartet has been described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant”.
The only ensemble to be selected twice, in both 2005 and 2011, The Cavani String Quartet is the recipient of the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence, from Chamber Music America. Appearances include Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Muziekcentrum De Ijsbreker in Amsterdam, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Honolulu Chamber Music Society. The Cavani Quartet has the honor of being a winner of The Cleveland Quartet Award at The Eastman School, well as numerous competitions including Fischoff, Banff and Coleman. The Quartet is committed to innovative and compelling programming which combines standard repertoire with contemporary music, especially the music of living composers. The Cavani Quartet has commissioned, performed, premiered and recorded the music of more than 30 living composers, including Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Dan Welcher, Joan Tower, Donald Erb, James Primosch, and Margaret Brouwer and is a recipient of an ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. In 2014, the Quartet performed World Premiere of a Piano Quintet by Berklee School of Music professor Eric Gould, a joint project with Chamber Music Wilmington, NC. In addition to their acclaimed concert series at CIM, they have been featured performers on The Cleveland Composer’s Guild, The Cleveland Ingenuity Festival, University Of Southern Illinois “Outside The Box” New Music Festival, and inaugurated programs such as Breaking Barriers with Bartok, COLLAGE: Music & Poetry, The New Quartet Competition, CONFLUENCE: New Music by Women Composers, and The Art of Listening. The Quartet has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday, NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS television. Cavani Quartet recordings of Bartók, Dvořák, Schumann, Brahms, Erb, Chausson, Brouwer and Primosch are available on the Azica, Gasparo, New World, Albany, and Pantheon labels. Collaborations with distinguished artists include Denyce Graves, Stephanie Blythe, Nathan Gunn, Alisa Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, and members of the Juilliard, Emerson, Takacs, Ying, St. Lawrence and Cleveland Quartets. The Cavani Quartet has established itself as a dynamic leader in the field of Arts in Education, and has received no less than ten Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants. As leaders in the field of Arts and Education and for their inspiring and innovative teaching and proactive approach to residencies, the Quartet has been awarded an unprecedented 11 National Residency Partnership Grants form Chamber Music Amaerica. The Quartet has developed creative programs for audiences of all ages, including a series of children’s concerts for the Chamber Music of Lincoln Center. The Cavani Quartet has also collaborated with artists across disciplines to create programs that unite poetry, well as painting, theatre and dance with the string quartet medium, including the award-winning M.A.P. (Music, Art and Poetry) Program, and COLLAGE, Music & Poetry, with Poet Mwatabu Okantah. As result of their extensive experience in chamber music education, the Cavani Quartet was invited to participate as a leadership ensemble in the first national Chamber Music Educator/Ensemble Seminar sponsored by Chamber Music America. Formed in 1984, the Quartet’s summer music festival appearances and residencies include The Aspen Music Festival, The New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kniesel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts and The Perlman Music Program. At the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cavani Quartet has developed The Intensive Quartet Seminar, the Apprentice Quartet Program, and The Art of Engagement for student ensembles devoted to the serious study of chamber music. The Quartet has served as Visiting Artists- in -Residence at The University of Texas, Austin, The University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, and The University of California, Riverside and most recently the inaugural year of The University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program. The Quartet has been on the Advisory Board of Amateur Chamber Music Players and currently serves on the Honorary Board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. The Cavani Quartet was awarded a Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Project Support Grant for their innovative Beethoven & Brotherhood Project- performing the complete quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven in sixteen neighborhood libraries throughout Cleveland. The Quartet ‘s acclaimed 2010-2012 series Breaking Barriers with Bartok, featured the complete quartets of Bela Bartok, in a lecture-demonstration format, illuminating Bartok’s work as an ethnomusicologist and humanitarian. During the 2013-2015 seasons The Cavani Quartet will serve as Master Quartet in Residence for The Chamber Music Society of Detroit .