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Chiarina Piano Quartet to perform Feb. 13

Music of Schumann, Brahms

Chiarina Piano Quartet to perform Schumann, Brahms Feb. 13.

2011-02-14
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [2-3-11]

The Chiarina Piano Quartet will perform the Schumann Piano Quartet and the Brahms G Minor Piano Quartet Sunday, Feb. 13, at Minnesota State Mankato.

The Performance Series concert – part of the Chiarina Piano Quartet’s Upper Midwest tour – will be at 3 p.m. in Elias J. Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The Schumann and Brahms quartets are “monuments in the Romantic chamber music repertoire,” according to Chiarina Quartet pianist David Viscoli, a piano studies faculty member at Minnesota State Mankato.

Viscoli will be joined by Mary Horozaniecki, violin; Nancy Nehring, viola; and Mark Rudoff, cello.

Viscoli received an Andreas Creative and Research Faculty Grant for the Chiarina Piano Quartet project. He spent much of last summer rehearsing the music of the two quartets. The quartet chose the name “Chiarina” because Robert Schumann referred to his wife, Clara, as “Chiarina,” and because some historians believe there was more than a platonic friendship between Clara and Johannes Brahms after Schumann’s death.

The Feb. 13 Minnesota State Mankato concert will occur in the middle of the Chiarina Quartet’s tour. The tour begins at Ohio State University in Mansfield and Columbus, Ohio, and ends at the Owatonna Arts Center.

Viscoli has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician nationally and internationally. He is a frequent competition adjudicator and has performed on radio and television broadcasts throughout the United States. He has won awards in the Los Angeles Liszt Competition, the Carmel Music Society Piano Competition and the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, among others.

Horozaniecki teaches at Augsburg, Carleton and Macalester colleges. She received the prestigious Master Teacher Award from the Minnesota American String Teachers Association in 1993 and is frequently invited to present master classes, recitals and lectures throughout the United States and Canada.

Nehring earned a master of music in viola from the University of Michigan. She has played with the Sacramento Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony and the Women’s Philharmonic, to name a few. She operates a private viola studio in Columbus, Ohio.

Rudoff teaches at Ohio State University. He has performed in solo recitals and with orchestras in Canada and the United States, and his solo and chamber performances have been recorded for broadcast on CBC. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the Juilliard School, and holds a bachelor of law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. Those who want more information should call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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