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Release:Sept. 6, 2002
New Maia Quartet Cellist Holman Makes UI Solo Debut Sept. 15
Hannah Holman, who recently took her place as the cellist of the University
of Iowa's resident string group, the Maia Quartet, will make her UI solo debut
recital at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Appearing with pianist Peter Miyamoto, she will play three works: J.S. Bach's
Sonata in D major for viola da gamba; Benjamin Britten's Sonata in C major,
and Johannes Brahms' Sonata in F major.
The performance will be free and open to the public.
Holman replaces Amos Yang, who left the Maia Quartet to take a position with
the Seattle Symphony. She said she was thrilled to be joining the Maia Quartet.
"After being in a professional orchestra in Richmond, Va., for three
years, I resigned and moved to New York in hopes of pursuing more chamber
music," she said. "Well, I have taken a little detour, but it's
wonderful to be here. The thought of playing in a quartet, especially the
Maia -- I love them all -- and get to teach -- it's just great."
Holman had another reason to be excited about the move to Iowa: she is engaged
to Anthony Arnone, who teaches cello at the UI. "I kept visiting him
last year, while playing principal cello of Cedar Rapids, and then we heard
the Maia might need a cellist. It was really all too good to be true.
"I must say that it was a nail biter, the 3 months that I was waiting
to hear. To be not only in the same town but at the same university as my
fiancé, well, that hardly ever happens.
"And I love Iowa. I grew up in Michigan, so am very familiar with the
Midwest. I love how enthusiastic everyone here is about classical music. I
tell my friends all over the country what great music programs the schools
have here, and about the gem of the Preucil School."
Commenting on the music she chose for her first solo appearance at the UI,
Holman said, "I picked this program because I love all this music and
I felt that it was very accessible for both the audience and for myself. It
is very warm friendly music, with a little twist in the Britten. And I love
the thought of doing the '3 Bs' (traditionally Bach, Beethoven and Brahms)
-- but with that twist with Britten in place of Beethoven.
"I have also played most of this program before with Peter Miyamoto,
but it has been a few years, so I am very much looking forward to playing
with him again."
Holman, who served as principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony in 2001-02,
joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. She is also assistant principal
cello of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta,
She began her professional career in England, playing with the English String
Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
under Simon Rattle.
On returning to the United States Holman became principal cello of the Jackson
(Mich.) Symphony and assistant principal of the Greater Lansing Symphony and
Michigan Chamber Orchestra. She also was assistant principal of the Richmond
Always an active chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Beaumont
Piano Trio, performing recitals in several states, as well as on tour in England,
and was a founding member of Quadrivium, a music ensemble in residence at
the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. As soloist she played with orchestras in
Michigan, Virginia, and Georgia, and was invited to the Pablo Casals Cello
competition in Germany and the Luis Sigall Cello Competition in Chile.
Holman has served on the faculties of the Worcester College in England, Michigan
State University Community Music School and Virginia Union University. Holman
studied at the Eastman School of Music and Michigan State University, where
she completed her Bachelor of Music Degree. She obtained her master's degree
at the New England Conservatory in 1993.
A native of San Francisco, Peter Miyamoto has enjoyed an international career,
performing to critical acclaim in recital and as soloist in Canada, England,
France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, China, and Japan, and
in major cities in the United States. He performs chamber music with musicians
from around the world. He was a founding member of the Quadrivium Players,
the resident chamber group of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond,
a group dedicated to building a new generation of classical music lovers through
innovative programs linking classical music with other disciplines, including
literature, painting, sculpture and philosophy.
Miyamoto captured top prizes in numerous competitions including the American
Pianist Association National Fellowship Competition, the D'Angelo International
Competition, the San Francisco Symphony Competition and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Competition. He has presented master classes at major music schools including
Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Washington, and the University of
Missouri, among many others. Recently, he was invited to teach at the Xi'an
and Guangzhou Conservatories in Mainland China.
Miyamoto holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Royal Academy
of Music, Yale University, and Michigan State University. He has served on
faculty at Michigan State University, and is currently a professor of piano
at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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