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All-University Strings

All-University Strings is comprised of two non-major string orchestras (named Orchestra One and Orchestra Two), open to all interested string players. With Pedro Oviedo, conductor.

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The Hunt Quartet

The Hunt Quartet is comprised of outstanding graduate music students at UW-Madison.

The Hunt Quartet, L-R: violist Fabio Saggin; violinist Ava Shadmani; cellist Alex Chambers-Ozasky; violinist Chang-En Lu. Photograph by Katrin Talbot.

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.

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The Hunt Quartet is comprised 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.

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Uri Vardi Quintets: Students, Friends, and Family

Featuring Uri Vardi, cello; Christopher Taylor, piano; David Perry, violin; Soh- Hyun Altino, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Amitai Vardi, clarinet; James Waldo, cello; David Scholl, double bass. This concert will feature quintets of Boccherini, Mozart, and Schubert.

Mr. Vardi has performed as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber player across the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and his native Israel. Born in Szeged, Hungary, Vardi grew up on kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh, Israel. He studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, was an artist diploma student at Indiana University, and earned his master’s degree from Yale University. Mr. Vardi has recorded and toured widely with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and was a founding member of the Sol-La-Re String Quartet. He has served as assistant principal cellist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and principal cellist of the Israel Sinfonietta. In 1990, following an extensive teaching and performing career in Israel, Vardi was appointed professor of cello at UW-Madison. In addition to his work in Wisconsin, Vardi has taught and conducted master classes at numerous music schools, including: Juilliard, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Yale University, Oberlin College, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Iowa, Ohio State University, Geneva Conservatory (Switzerland), Paris Conservatory (France), Tunghai University (Taiwan), Bartok Conservatory (Budapest, Hungary) , and the Jerusalem Music Center (Israel).



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Pro Arte Quartet

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The Pro Arte Quartet is one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets. Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, it became one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century and was named Court Quartet to the Queen of Belgium. Its world reputation blossomed in 1919 when the quartet began the first of many tours that enticed notable composers such as Milhaud, Honegger, Martin, and Casella to write new works for the ensemble. Today, the Pro Arte Quartet performs throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and continues to champion both standard repertoire and new music.

The group is an ensemble in residence at the UW-Madison and resident quartet of the Chazen Museum of Art. The quartet has performed at the White House and, during the centennial celebration, played for the King’s Counselor in Belgium. Recent projects include the complete quartets of Bartók and Shostakovich and, in collaboration with the Orion and Emerson String Quartets, the complete quartets of Beethoven. Regular chamber music collaborators that perform with Pro Arte include Samuel Rhodes, viola; Bonnie Hampton, cello; and Leon Fleischer and Christopher Taylor, piano.

Current Pro Arte Quartet members are David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello. Together since 1995, they have recorded works of Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Rhodes, Shapey, Sessions, Fennelly, Diesendruck, and the centennial commissions.