Arianna String Quartet
Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly
established itself as one of America's finest chamber ensembles. Their performances
have been praised for “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality”
(Chicago Tribune) and “emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity,” (Pretoria News,
South Africa). Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by winning the
Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the
Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the
Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America,
Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have
collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians, including members of the
Vermeer, Tokyo, Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, and their live performances have
been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and “Live from Music
Mountain”, which broadcasts to 125 stations in the U.S. and to 35 countries. The ASQ
has recorded for Albany Records and Urtext Digital Classics, and has a long-term
contract with Centaur Records. Their most recent release of the two string quartets of
Janácek, which has already received critical acclaim, is now available. (“These
performances of the Arianna String Quartet demonstrate how technical excellence,
in alliance with imagination and the human heart, can come to create something
truly transcendent.” – Fanfare Magazine).
Michele Levin, Pianist
Audiences and critics have acclaimed Michele Levin, pianist and composer, as a multi-faceted musician of extraordinary sensitivity, virtuosity, and dedication to the art of making music. Ms. Levin is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music with a double major in piano and composition. She began her studies there at the age of eleven and is the first woman to receive their Master’s degree in Composition.
The Johann Sebastian Bach International Piano Competition in Washington DC awarded her First Prize in competition with pianists from fourteen countries. Ms. Levin has performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Florida Philharmonic, Miami Chamber Symphony, Sinfonia Virtuosi, New World Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Virginia Symphony. She has also given solo and chamber music recitals in major cities throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America.
Ms. Levin is very much in demand as a chamber musician, touring the world with violinists Peter Zazofsky, Joseph Silverstein, Ruggerio Ricci, Nina Beilina, Daniel Phillips, Mark Kaplan, Donald Weilerstein, Sydney Harth, Ik-Hwan Bae, Ida Levin, Maria Bachman, Arve Tellefson, Andrew Dawes, Lin Chang, and Yehonaton Berick; with violists Rivka Golani, Paul Neubauer, Atar Arad, Kirsten Johnson, Rainer Moog, and Jessie Levine; and with cellists Yehuda Hanani, Simca Heled, Ronald Thomas, and Wolfgang Boettcher. She has performed with clarinetists Mitchell Lurie, Alexander Fiterstein, Eli Eban, and Charles Neidich; with harpist Heidi Lehwalder; and with flutists Thomas Wolf, Carol Wincenc, and Eugenia Zuckerman.
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