Mari Sato, violinist is a member of The Cavani String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music. The Cavani Quartet is the winner of numerous awards including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Cleveland Quartet Competition, an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, and the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence from Chamber Music America. The Quartet has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday, NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS television. Cavani Quartet recordings of Bartók, Dvořák, Schumann, Brahms, Erb, Chausson, Brouwer and Primosch are available on the Azica, Gasparo, New World, Albany, and Pantheon labels.
Ms. Sato is honored to have collaborated with many distinguished artists including Robert Mann, Alisa Weilerstein, Anton Nel, Stephanie Blythe, Charles Neidich, Itzhak Perlman, Franklin Cohen, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Takács, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence String Quartets. Music festival appearances and residencies include The Aspen Music Festival, The New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kniesel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Perlman Music Program, ChamberFest Cleveland, and Phoenixphest.
As a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Sato and her colleagues have coached many outstanding young musicians in the Intensive Quartet Seminar, the Apprentice Quartet Seminar, and the Art of Engagement Seminar. Former chamber music students include members of the Jupiter, Daedalus, Aeolus, Miró, Fry Street and Afiara Quartets, as well as members of the Cleveland, St. Paul, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.
Ms. Sato received her musical training at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Michigan. Her mentors include David Cerone, Paul Kantor, and Peter Salaff. The 2014-2015 season’s exciting projects included Cavani performances as part of the Violins of Hope project in Cleveland, a performance of violin/piano works by Jean Sibelius to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, and performances of the Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas with pianist, Robert Cassidy.
David Alan Harrell, adjunct professor of cello, has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1995. He attended the University of Alabama where he graduated Summa cum laude and was named one of the university's most outstanding undergraduate scholars. He received his Masters degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was awarded its 1994 Cello Prize. Mr. Harrell has been the winner of numerous competitions, including the Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship, the top prize at the Birmingham Music Clubs, the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs, and the MTNA National Scholarship. He has performed with the Virginia Symphony, Sir Georg Solti’s Carnegie Hall Project, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony. In 1998, Mr. Harrell was given the Alabama Society for the Fine Arts Emerging Artist Award. His principal teachers have been Hans Schmettau, Carlton McCreery, and Stephen Geber.
Guest Artists 2017
Their motive has been and always will be one thing – to emotionally connect and communicate with their audience. Kim, originally from New York and Trevor, originally from Chicago, met as students at the Cleveland Institute of music. They eventually discovered a shared love of jamming, rocking out, and being crazy spontaneous when it came to creating chamber music. This intuitive musical connection eventually grew into "IN2ATIVE". A majority of their works performed are original compositions, inspired by both past and present experiences and fuses the street rhythms of beat-box with both classical and contemporary form, incorporating many different musical genres.
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Kim and Trevor actively perform in schools, community venues, hospitals, and have been invited as Musicans-in-Residence at the Cleveland Clinic. This past year, they were first prize winners for the annual young artist initiative OAPN award, and have recently come out with their first album, "Tik 'n Tooka". They are performing and teaching artists on the roster for the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning organization and actively perform in schools throughout Ohio.
They have played shows at many different venues including (but not limited to) the Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, Lorain County Community College for their "Signature Series," Baldwin Wallace University, Nighttown, Lakewood, Fairview Park and Solon Public Libraries and the Wildwood Cultural Center.
According to Andrea Caccese, writer for CMUSE music news, "The music created by avant-garde Flute and Cello duo, [IN2ATIVE] offers a great example of how two apparently different musical cultures can come together and create something truly astonishing."
Previous Guest Artists have included:
The Art Trio
The Oblivion Project
Stanley Konopka joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1991 and has been assistant principal viola since 1993. He previously served as principal violist and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Konopka won several notable awards at the Interlochen Arts Academy before attending the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) as a student of Cleveland Orchestra Principal Viola Robert Vernon. Currently a faculty member at CIM, Mr. Konopka has taught at the Encore School for Strings and has performed at the chamber music festivals of Banff, Taos and Pensacola.