Presentations: CAG Live! In Conversation

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 5:30 pm

Wearing Many Hats: Creating a Multi-Faceted Career



A panel of multi-faceted artists discuss the need for musicians to take on diverse career roles in today’s world. The conversation will feature cellist and arts leader Adrian Fung; violist, composer, and educator Jessica Meyer; and CAG President Tanya Bannister; and will be moderated by violinist and Sybarite5 member Sarah Whitney.

Adrian Fung is the founding cellist of the Afiara Quartet, a 2008 CAG Competition winner. He is an associate dean and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, where he leads the creation of a new arts management and entrepreneurship program (AME). He is also the Executive and Artistic Director of Vancouver-based concert presenter Music In The Morning, and Summer Music Vancouver, a summer festival and chamber music institute. He recently served as Vice President for Innovation at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer, violist, educator, and mother. She has premiered pieces for solo viola internationally – expanding the repertoire for viola by championing new works, while also composing her own. She has written for the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, cellist Amanda Gookin for her Forward Music Project at National Sawdust, A Far Cry, SYBARITE5, and PUBLIQuartet. Jessica is equally known for her inspirational work as an educator, where she empowers musicians to be the best advocates for their own careers through workshops at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Chamber Music America conference, and at universities around the US.

Violinist Sarah Whitney is a founding member of the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, a 2011 CAG Competition winner. In 2015, Sarah founded Beyond the Notes, an innovative concert series dedicated to breaking down the barriers between performers and the audience. Sarah’s writing is featured regularly in for Strings Magazine and, and her widely-read blog The Productive Musician focuses on health and wellness, productivity, and strategies for developing and maintaining an effective mindset.

Pianist Tanya Bannister was a 2003 winner of the CAG Competition. In addition to an active performing career, she has developed an interest in institution building in the arts over many years, principally through her work as Artistic Director of Alpenkammermusik, an annual chamber music festival in Austria, as a founder of RoadMaps, an artistic, humanitarian and cultural venture, and as the current President of Concert Artists Guild.

The event will be broadcast live – check out Concert Artists Guild and The Violin Channel on Facebook, or CAG’s YouTube channel to join the stream. All are invited to participate and ask questions!

Thank you to Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows for providing the space for this event.

Upcoming in the Series

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2019 7:00 pm

Invoke, multi-string quartet

Winner, 2018 CAG Competition

Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
A co-presentation with Joe’s Pub

Described as “not classical…but not not classical” (David Srebnik, SiriusXM Classical Producer), Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other “not-nots” encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these styles together to create truly individual music written by and for the group.

Invoke will perform AMERICAN POSTCARDS: featuring Invoke originals and new music by American composers.

Watch Invoke perform an original work, Dogs:

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Invoke, multi-string quartet
Wednesday, Dec 04, 2019 7:30 pm

Aizuri Quartet


Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sponsored by Marilyn G. and Joseph B. Schwartz, longtime friends of CAG

The Aizuri Quartet is the winner of numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, as well as top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, the ensemble has garnered critical acclaim, and its debut album, Blueprinting, was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award in the “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble” category.


Komitas: Armenian Folk Songs
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 64 No. 2 in B Minor
Paul Wiancko: LIFT (2016)

Watch the Aizuri Quartet’s Grand Prize-winning performance at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition:

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Aizuri Quartet
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 7:30 pm

Yi-Nuo Wang, piano

First Prize Winner, 2018 CAG Comeptition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Chinese pianist Yi-Nuo Wang was selected as first prize winner of the 2018 CAG Competition, which is just the latest in a series of impressive first-prize performances, along with the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana.


Bartók: Piano Sonata
Brahms: 8 Klavierstucke, Op. 76
Piece in D minor
Daisies, Op.38 no.3
Prelude in G-flat major, Op. 23 No. 10
Chen Yi: Ba Ban (2000)
Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata

Watch Yi-Nuo play Rachmaninoff’s Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3:

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Yi-Nuo Wang, piano