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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 (Va.) Symphony.

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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