Miami String Faculty Welcomes Violinist Annie Fullard of the Cavani Quartet


Continuing a 60 year tradition of outstanding chamber music started by the Oxford String Quartet, the string faculty at Miami University will host guest artist Annie Fullard, first violinist of the Cavani Quartet from October 5-8 on the Oxford Campus.

Ms. Fullard will coach chamber groups, present at an all department Convocation and perform with the string faculty in a public performance on Monday, October 7th at the Oxford Community Arts Center. The program will include Hadyn Quartet Opus 33 No.2 "The Joke" and Mendelssohn's gorgeous Opus 13 Quartet No. 2 in a minor. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Annie Fullard, joyfully celebrates more than thirty years as a member of The Cavani String Quartet hailed by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant”. Ms. Fullard and her quartet colleagues are recipients of numerous awards including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Cleveland Quartet Competition, Banff, Fischoff, Carmel Competitions, and were twice awarded The Guarneri Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence. As a leader in the field of chamber music advocacy and education, Ms. Fullard served as faculty, as Artist in Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music for the past 30 years, and is currently Distinguished Visiting Artist in Chamber Music the Mc Duffie Center for Strings, Mercer University. In 2018, she served as resident faculty for The Juilliard Music and Arts summer program in Shanghai, China. Lauded for her “gleaming artistry, bravura and sensitivity” by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, is a proactive and passionate advocate for chamber music and sees the empathy and connectivity of playing and teaching chamber music as a metaphor for the kind of communication between peoples and nations toward which we should strive. Ms Fullard performs as a guest artist and presents master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, in all fifty states and abroad, including The Perlman Music Program, The New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Festival, Kneisel Hall, Encore Chamber Music, and Beaujolais (France) Stage 2019. Ms. Fullard is Director of Outreach for The Cleveland Chamber Music Society and has served as a juror for The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Discover National Competition, the Violin Society of America, and participated in the Violins of Hope Project. Recognizing the natural ability of chamber music playing to inspire cognitive and emotional development in children through empathy and interaction she founded The Friday Night Chamber Music Program for pre-college students at CIM in 2016. Projects on the horizon include a book, The Art of Collaboration -Rehearsal Techniques and Coaching Strategies for Musical Team Building with writing partner Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, Ph.D. She pursued studies at Yale University, Indiana University, The Eastman School of Music and performs on violin modeled on Paganini’s made by Jean Baptiste- Vuillaume (1846) Teachers and mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Earl Carlyss and Peter Salaff.

Formed in 1984, the Cavani Quartet has toured throughout all fifty states, performing at some of the worlds most prestigious festivals, and series including The Aspen Music Festival, The New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kniesel Hall, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Madeline Island Music Festival, The Chautauqua Festival, Encore Chamber Music and The Perlman Music Program. The Quartet has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and St Paul Sunday Morning, as well as syndicated quiz show “Says You”. The Cavani Quartet’s discography includes works by Ravel, Bartók, Dvořák, Schumann, Brahms, Shostakovich, Erb, Chausson, Brouwer and Primosch. The quartet’s impressive thirty year legacy has garnered significant recognition including the Ohio Governors Award for the Arts, Musical America Magazine’s Young Artists of the Year, Naumburg Chamber Music Award, The Cleveland Quartet Award at The Eastman School, and the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The Cavani Quartet has commissioned, premiered and performed the music of more than thirty living composers, including Joan Tower, Donald Erb and Margaret Brouwer, and collaborated with some of the greatest artists of our time including Alisa Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Sergei Babayan, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Kalichstein, Sharon Robinson, Kim Kashkashian as well as members of the Cleveland,Takacs, Juilliard, Tokyo, Ying, Emerson, Cleveland, Amadeus and Guarneri Quartets.

Nationally recognized for their compassionate and superlative teaching, they have received a number of Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Awards, and in recognition of their performance, have twice won the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence. For more than 30 years, the Cavani String Quartet served as faculty and Artists-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music where they developed and curated nationally acclaimed programs for student ensembles devoted to the serious study of chamber music. These include The Intensive Quartet Seminar, The Apprentice Quartet Program, The Art of Collaboration : Rehearsal Techniques Seminar, and The Art of Engagement: Careers and Leadership in Music.The Cavani Quartet is proud and privileged to have mentored and taught members of many distinguished ensembles who have participated in these programs including the Jupiter, Miro, Dali, Verona, Daedalus, Catalyst, Omer, Fry Street, Biava,Telegraph, Ehnes, Verona, Maia, Linden, Harlem, Kasa and Afiara String Quartets, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, ECCO, A Far Cry and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.