About Appassionata String QuartetThe Appassionata String Quartet is available to provide music for weddings, cocktail hours, receptions, background music, etc. The quartet repertoire spans from traditional wedding music to professional classical quartets to comtemporary pieces. BIO: The Appassionata String Quartet-often referred to as ASQ- was formed under the direction of Sylvia Ahramjian in the winter of 2004 at West Chester University. Since then, the quartet has performed a variety of genres of music at numerous venues along the east coast. During the summer of 2006, the quartet was selected to represent the US and West Chester University at Guizhou University in Guiyang, China. At this invitational festival, the quartet participated and performed in chamber music master classes and recitals while working closely with Chinese music professors and students. In the 2006-2007 season, the quartet claimed first place at the MTNA Chamber Music Competition in the State and Eastern Divisions and were named a finalist at the National competition level. Dedicated to the education of children, the quartet has put together children’s workshops and master classes focusing on performance and related arts topics throughout Pennsylvania. They have made appearances at Great Valley School District and Cecil County School District in Maryland. Joy Deminski (viola) and Liz Burns (violin) have since graduated from WCU with a BM in Music Education and are both performers and music educators in public school districts. Joy earned her Masters in Viola Performance at WCU in December 2011. Liz is pursing a Masters in Music at Temple University. Brandon Page (violin) and Ioana Shapiro (cello) have been a wonderful assett to the Appassionata String Quartet since 2008/09. Brandon Page (violin) has studied the violin for almost 30 years. He did his undergraduate studies in Violin Performance at Bob Jones University and finished his Masters in Violin Performance at Butler University. Ioana Shapiro (cello) was born in Buzau, Romania and is a graduate of the prestigious National Conservatory of Music in Bucharest, Romania, receiving her Licentiate Diploma in 2003. She continued her studies in the United States obtaining two Masters of Music in Performance and Theory/Composition.
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