is an innovative quartet made up of four critically-acclaimed violinists who came together through friendship and a desire to inspire, create, and advocate with an awareness to social issues. MoVE is the first ensemble of its kind-committed to augmenting the small canon of repertoire for violin quartet, through commissioning both great, established and emerging composers. From electro-acoustic to mixed media, MoVE is open to creative and collaborative projects, presenting it in traditional, educational, public institutions, and alternative venues.
Lina Bahn is a violinist with a keen interest in collaborative and innovative repertoire. She was a member of the award-winning Corigliano Quartet, appearing in Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and whose Naxos recording received the New Yorker's Top Ten Recordings of the Year award. Other collaborative work include those with the VERGE Ensemble in Washington, D.C., the Interference Collective at the Katzen Museum, and as guest with the Takács String Quartet (Concertgebouw, the Marinksy Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall). Solo projects include a Naxos release of her album, Mean Fiddle Summer, and an upcoming Naxos release Axolotl, electro-acoustic music of American composers. Upcoming projects include Ocean Music, an eco-project at the Smithsonian with cellist Matt Haimovitz. From 2008-2015 she was on faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is currently teaches at the Thornton School at the University of Southern California. photo credit: Isabella LaRocca
Critics have acclaimed Gabriela as “a young violin master,” and “one of Boston’s most valuable players.” A fierce champion of contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann. Gabriela is a member of several Boston-area contemporary music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and Callithumpian Consort. As a childhood cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to supporting cancer research and treatment in her capacity as a musician. In 2004, Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, an award that enabled Gabriela to create and direct the Boston Hope Ensemble. Gabriela can be heard on New World, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, Naxos, and Tzadik records. Gabriela has been on the faculty of Wellesley College since 2012.
Violin playing described as “tonally resplendent and affectingly assured both stylistically and technically” (Fanfare Magazine) and a performer of "astonishing effectiveness, radiant inspiration, deep sensitivity, and colossal temperament" (Musical Horizons - Sofia), violinist Carolyn Stuart is heard regularly as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in prominent North American and European centers. Such recent performances were held at Carnegie, Merkin, and Steinway Halls in NYC, Salle Gaveau in Paris, the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, The Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam, Mansfield 22 in London, American University in Athens, Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Teatro del Sale in Florence, Incontro sulla Tastiera in Vicenza, Universities of Toronto in Canada, and the Zurich Conservatory. Festival appearances have included Green Mountain, Chautauqua, Interlochen, Garth Newel, Hot Springs, Pine Mountain, Killington, Fox River, and in the Netherlands (Peter de Gröte), Bulgaria (Salon des Arts and Sofia Music Weeks), and France (Association Philomuses, Paris).
Violinist JANET SUNG enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, praised for her exquisite tone and impassioned, bravura performances. Since her orchestral debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at age 9, she has performed with leading orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Her solo performances range from Korngold’s Violin Concerto, of which there were multiple broadcasts on NPR’s “Performance Today,” to the world premieres of Kenneth Fuchs’ American Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra and Augusta Read Thomas’Double Helix. Personally selected by Leonard Slatkin as the recipient of the Passamaneck Award, she has also toured regularly across the U.S. with fiddler Mark O’Connor’s American String Celebration. Currently Associate Professor of Violin and String Department Chair at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, Ms. Sung is also assistant faculty at The Juilliard School. Highly sought after as artist-teacher, Ms. Sung regularly conducts master classes at major conservatories and was the Clifton Visiting Artist at Harvard University.