is an innovative quartet made up of four critically-acclaimed violinists who came together through friendship and a desire to inspire and create. 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, addressing social issues, and presenting it in traditional, educational, public institutions, and alternative venues.


Lina Bahn MoVE violin quartet music for social change
Lina Bahn

Lina Bahn has been called “brilliant” and “lyrical” by the Washington Post, and her publication of Mean Fiddle Summer (Naxos Label) was hailed, “From start to finish, the violinist demonstrates her adroit technical facility, kaleidoscope of colors, and consummate musical taste.”  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, Marinksy Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and Queen Elizabeth Hall). . Collaborations include Voices of the Ocean (National Gallery of Art) with cellist Matt Haimovitz, and with many composers including Morton Subotnick, Roger Reynolds, Steve Antosca, Jeffrey Mumford, among many others. She was on the faculty at the University of Colorado (2008-2015), and currently teaches at the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los credit: Isabella LaRocca

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Gabriela Diaz

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.

Carolyn Stuart MoVE violin quartet music for social change
Carolyn Stuart

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).

Janet Sung MoVE violin quartet music for social change
Janet Sung

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.