Diderot Quartet performs Sunday in free concert

A quartet that got its start in Ohio will return Sunday for a free concert as part of the Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series presented by Youngstown State University.

The members of the Diderot String Quartet — Adriane Post, violin; Johanna Novom, violin; Kyle Miller, viola; and Paul Dwyer, cello — first met at Oberlin Conservatory and then the Juilliard School, where they shared a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre.

Post is a founding member of ACRONYM Ensemble, an associate principal with Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and concertmaster of the Washington National Cathedral Orchestra.

Novom was a first-prize winner of the American Bach Soloists’ International Young Artists Competition. She is co-concertmaster of Apollo’s Fire, principal violinist with the Washington National Cathedral Orchestra and a member of ACRONYM.

Miller is a member of ACRONYM, Four Nations Ensemble and New York Baroque Incorporated and appeared in the Broadway production “Farinelli and the King.”

Dwyer also plays with ACRONYM as well as being assistant principal cello of Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to his studies at Oberlin and the University of Michigan, Dwyer spent a year in Amsterdam as a Fulbright Fellow studying new music with Frances-Marie Uitti and baroque cello with Anner Byslma. He teaches at Notre Dame University.

Diderot String Quartet served for five seasons as quartet-in residence at Washington National Cathedral and was guest faculty for Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute. The quartet commissioned and premiered “Small Infinities,” a new work by composer Lembit Beecher, and has collaborated with such artists as Jesse Blumberg, Dashon Burton, David Breitman, Avi Stein and Harry Bicket.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown. Admission is free.


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