The Hunt Quartet is composed of outstanding graduate music students at UW-Madison.
For 2018-2019, members will be Chang-En Lu, violin; Ava Shadmani, violin; Fabio Saggin, viola; and Alex Chambers-Ozasky, cello.
The Hunt Quartet is funded through a partnership between the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music with major funding provided by Drs. David and Kato Perlman and the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5 in D major
Puccini: Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums)
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59 No. 3 in C major
The Hunt Quartet is composed of outstanding graduate music students at UW-Madison: violinists Chang-En Lu (Taiwan) and Ava Shadmani (Iran), violist Fabio Saggin (Brazil), and cellist Alex Chambers-Ozasky (Minnesota). The Hunt Quartet is funded through a partnership between the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music with major funding provided by Dr. Kato Perlman, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Through the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Up Close & Musical® program, the Quartet makes regular visits to Dane County elementary schools, introducing K-3 students to the basic elements of music. The Hunt Quartet also prepares multiple performances per year for the Mead Witter School of Music. The members are privately instructed by David Perry, Sally Chisholm, and Uri Vardi. Professor Vardi serves as the group’s primary mentors.
Chang-En Lu is currently a doctoral candidate at the UW-Madison, serving as a teaching assistant. He holds a position of section violinist in the Madison Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra as a substitute violinist. Chang-En has performed internationally as a chamber musician, making appearances at Aspen Music Festival, International Holland Music Sessions, International Mendelssohn Festival in Hamburg, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and National Centre for the Performing Arts in China. He has worked closely with a great number of renowned artists, including Donald Weilerstein, Ernst Kovacic, Ulf Schneider, Robert Chen, Laura Park Chen, and Naoko Tanaka. He has also worked with renowned professional string quartets, including the American, Pacifica, and Pro Arte String Quartets. In 2016, He won the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in New York. Chang-En holds degrees from Taipei National University of the Arts and Manhattan School of Music. His mentors include David Perry, Nicholas Mann, and Wei-Ming Hwang.
Ava Shadmani was born in 1991 in Tehran, Iran. She began learning the violin at the age 11 studying at Tehran School of the Fine Arts where she received her High School Honors Diploma. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Tehran where she graduated in 2015. Ava is a former violinist of the Arvand String Quartet, an active chamber group in Iran that has appeared in several performances and recordings with the goal of bringing classical music into more accessible venues. In addition to being an active chamber musician she worked with some of the professional Iranian Orchestras such as Tehran Symphonic Orchestra, Parsian Chamber Orchestra, and Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra. As an Iranian woman with a deep passion for Persian culture and music, she began playing the Kamanche (an Iranian bowed string instrument) under one of the greatest masters of Iranian music, Ardeshir Kamkar and has appeared in performances promoting the music of her country.
Ava moved to the United States in summer of 2016 to study under Professor David Salness at The University of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree from UMD in Spring of 2018 and was honored to be a recipient of the prestigious Smith Scholarship during her time there. Ava is currently a first year Doctoral student at UW-Madison under Professor David Perry.
Born in Blumenau, in 1991, Fabio Saggin began playing viola at age 10 at Escola de Musica Espaço Kan in Brazil. He completed his bachelor`s degree at the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, in Florianopolis, studying with Dr. Leonardo Piermartiri, Ms. Fausto Kothe and Prof. Marcelo Lemos. As an orchestral musician, he has been a member of many orchestras, including Orquestra Filarmonica de Goias, one of the best in Brazil. In 2011, Saggin won the Concurso Rosa Mistica (chamber music) and in 2015 he won the First National Viola Competition in Paraíba, Brazil. Saggin just finished his Master degree in Viola Performance at Penn State University under the orientation of Dr. Timothy Deighton. Currently Saggin is a DMA candidate at UW-Madison, where he studies with Dr Sally Chisholm and he is also the violist of the Hunt Quartet.
Alex Chambers-Ozasky is a 2017 graduate of the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, where he studied cello performance with Stephen Balderston. His prior teachers include Kirsten Whitson in St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as Angel Garcia Jermann and Israel Fausto in Madrid and Seville, Spain. He has performed regularly with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and is an associate member with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. An avid chamber musician and teacher, Alex has served as a string quartet coach at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis and worked as a counselor and coach at the International Cello Institute. Alex is currently earning his Master’s at UW Madison with professor Uri Vardi, where he serves as cellist of the Hunt String Quartet through the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Mead Witter School of Music.