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Cavani String Quartet

The Cavani String Quartet is an American string quartet based in Cleveland, Ohio. The group was established in 1984 and has been the Quartet-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988. The quartet is named for the 19th century violin makers Giovanni and Vincenzo Cavani.

They have collaborated for many years in special performances with the poet Mwatabu Okantah.

The quartet has recorded music by Béla Bartók, Maurice Ravel, Antonín Dvořák, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Dan Welcher, Donald Erb, Ernest Chausson, Leo Brouwer, and James Primosch for the Albany, Azica, Gasparo, New World, and Pantheon labels. They won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989. For their 20th anniversary, they commissioned the work Musings for String Quintet from composer Joseph Hallman. The premiere took place with Alisa Weilerstein, cellist, at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The quartet has been partners with many organizations, including the Chamber Music Connection, led by Debbie Price. They also run many free concerts for growing and learning string players, many of whom are under age 18.


  • Annie Fullard, violin
  • Mari Sato, violin
  • Kirsten Docter, viola
  • Si-Yan Darren Li, cello

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