Viano String Quartet to present a free concert on Sunday


The Beaches Fine Arts Series will present the award-winning Viano String Quartet in a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 465 11th Ave. N, Jacksonville Beach.

A reception follows the concert with an art exhibit by Allison Dick.

Viano String Quartet

Praised for their “virtuosity, visceral expression, and rare unity of intention” (Boston Globe), the Viano Quartet are one of the most sought-after performing young ensembles today and currently in-residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Bowers Program from 2024 to 2027.

Since winning First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, they have traveled to nearly every major city across the globe, captivating audiences in New York, London, Berlin, Vancouver, Paris, Beijing, Toronto, Lucerne and Los Angeles.

The quartet achieved incredible success in their formative years, with an unbroken streak of top prizes at major competitions. In addition to their career-defining achievement at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, they also received the Grand Prize at the 2019 ENKOR International Music Competition and second prize at the 2019 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition.

At the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition they received Third Prize, the Haydn Prize for the best performance of a Haydn quartet and the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of the compulsory work, Thomas Ades’ “The Four Quarters.”

They received the Silver Medal at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Third Prize at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2017.

The name “Viano” was created to describe the four individual instruments in a string quartet interacting as one. Each of the four instruments begins with the letter “v” and like a piano, all four string instruments together play both harmony and melody, creating a unified instrument called the “Viano.”

Allison Dick, Visual Artist

Allison Dick is the founder and CEO of Art Alliway, LLC.

She is a highly sought-after commissioned molecular pointillist painter, art educator and award-winning documentary photographer. She studied at an elite art education program at The Ohio State University for four years with master credits, and also obtained a bachelor’s in business management from Walsh University.

She also taught art education to elementary school students and has had multiple art exhibits throughout her 30-year career.

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