The Viano String Quartet won Third Prize at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, along with the Sidney Griller award for best performance of the compulsory work, "The Four Quarters" by Thomas Adès and the Haydn Prize for the best performance of a Haydn string quartet.
Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, the quartet has been featured on NPR host Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great concert series at the Cerritos Center. They have performed with world-class musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Paul Coletti and Martin Beaver. As firm believers in community engagement, the quartet participated in the “Play It Forward” Residency in March 2017, a collaboration between the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, and partaking in its outreach initiative to reach schoolchildren in the northern Washington State area.
The quartet works primarily with Martin Beaver, as well as other members of the Colburn School faculty, including Clive Greensmith, Paul Coletti, and Fabio Bidini. They have received coachings from artists such as David Finckel, Gary Hoffman, Arnold Steinhardt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and members of the Emerson, Brentano, St. Lawrence, and Calidore String Quartets. The Viano String Quartet won the Silver Medal at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and, in 2017, won Third Prize at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.
The name "Viano" was created to describe the four individual instruments in a string quartet interacting as one. Each of the four instruments begins with the letter "v" and, like a piano, all of the strings working together as a string quartet, play both harmony and melody, creating a unified instrument, called the "Viano."