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Release: April 27, 2001

Student winners of UI chamber music competition will perform with Maia Quartet May 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Outstanding student chamber musicians from the University of Iowa School of Music will be showcased on a free concert, performing with members of the Maia String Quartet, at 8 p.m. Monday, May 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Alexander Van Dorpe, a cello student in the School of Music, will perform with the quartet as winner of the first Maia Quartet Chamber Music Competition. In addition, two student chamber ensembles, chosen from among groups in the school’s chamber music program, will each perform a piece at the concert.

The Maia Quartet is in its third year as the quartet-in-residence at the UI School of Music. The members of the quartet -- Amy Kuhlmann Appold and Timothy Shiu, violins; Elizabeth Oakes, viola; and Amos Yang, cello -- teach chamber music and coach student chamber ensembles in the School of Music.

They initiated the competition to provide recognition and a valuable performance opportunity for outstanding students in the chamber music program. Open to all UI music students, the competition was judged by members of the quartet. Students performed individually in an initial audition, and two students were then selected to audition by playing with the quartet.

This year’s competition focused specifically on chamber music with strings. In subsequent years the competition will focus on other families of instruments. Next year’s competition will feature chamber music with piano, and future competitions will feature wind players and singers.

In addition to the individual competition, the members of the Maia Quartet also heard student ensembles that have participated in the chamber music program. Five groups that included string players participated in this phase of the selection process, from which two were chosen for the concert.

To open the concert the Ariel String Quartet -- violinists Marjorie Gere and Carrie Beaderstadt, violist Bjorg Larson and cellist Elizabeth King -- will perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8, op. 100. The Ariel String Quartet has been playing together as part of the chamber music program since last year.

Next, an ensemble consisting of pianist Lilia Stoycheva, violinist Anna Skogman, violist Mary Kelly and cellist Giovanna Cruz, will perform Antonin Dvorak’s Piano Quartet in D major,
op. 23. A new ensemble that was formed during the spring semester, this group does not yet have a name.

Following intermission, Van Dorpe will take Yang’s place alongside the other members of the Maia Quartet for a performance of Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D major.

Founded in1990, the Maia Quartet has established itself nationally with performances in major concert halls including Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington, D.C., and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival. They have had summer teaching engagements at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School. Prior to coming to Iowa, they also taught on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory.

The quartet has gained wide recognition for its educational outreach activities, including participation in a three-year project aimed at building adult audiences, achieved in partnership with the Aspen Music Festival under a grant from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation.

The Maia Quartet was founded when the four members were students at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The members were subsequently awarded fellowships at the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. They have also been awarded summer fellowships to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, where they worked with the Emerson, Tokyo, Cleveland and American string quartets. At Juilliard they worked closely with the Juilliard Quartet and served as their teaching assistants.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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