Dvorak String Quintet - September 13, 2017
Playing one of the most beautiful pieces of Romantic chamber music, the performers include GVSU faculty and Grand Rapids Symphony members:
- James Crawford, violin
- Megan Crawford, violin
- Paul Swantek, viola
- Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello
- Michael Hovnanian, bass
James Crawford, violin, is a native of Charleston, SC, where he began violin studies at the age of seven and made his first solo appearance with the Charleston Symphony at age ten. At age twelve, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Crawford then continued his musical studies at the Curtis Institute of Music under the instruction of Aaron Rosand. James joined the Grand Rapids Symphony as Concertmaster in January of 1994. Mr. Crawford was a First Prize winner in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts "ARTS” Competition, and recipient of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Giannini Award. He was also a winner of the UNCSA International Music Program Concerto Competition and was soloist on its European tour through Germany and Italy. In 1985, Mr. Crawford was a United States Presidential Scholar Finalist.
Megan Crawford, violin, is a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and has performed throughout the United States, appearing with orchestras in Ann Arbor, Aspen, Basalt, Dearborn, Detroit, Ft. Collins, and New York. During the 2015-16 academic year, she was Visiting Professor of Violin at Grand Valley State University. Ms. Crawford has been the recipient of numerous awards including a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Bradlin Award; an Upton Foundation Grant for the Meadowmount School of Music; the Francis B. Furlong Scholarship for the University of Michigan; and a Governor’s Award nominee in the Emerging Artist category. Ms. Crawford won the concerto competitions at the Manhattan School of Music and has participated in the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York City.
Violist Paul Swantek retired from the Air Force in 2006 after 20 years of service and is currently Affiliate Professor of Viola at Grand Valley State University and also is a member of The Grand Rapids Symphony. As Principal Violist with the USAF Strings and Orchestra he has performed for every U.S. President since George H. W. Bush, and for such dignitaries as Margret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Queen Elizabeth, Boris Yeltsin, Nelson Mandela, Gerhard Schröder and Mikhail Gorbachev as well as the heads of state for almost every sovereign nation in the world. Currently Swantek divides his time between Grand Rapids and Washington, D.C., where he continues his performance as a free-lance musician and principal violist with the National Gallery Orchestra.
Cellist and teacher, Pablo Mahave-Veglia, has broad interests and his repertoire ranges from the early Baroque, performed on period instruments, to his ongoing interest in researching, performing and recording the work of contemporary Latin-American composers. Dr. Mahave-Veglia holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, he has attended such music festivals as Banff (Canada), NOI (Maryland), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Jerusalem International Festival (Israel) and the Schleswig-Holstein and Heidelberg Music Festivals (Germany). Mahave-Veglia has appeared as soloist or chamber musician throughout Europe and South America. His “modern” instrument is a 1790 William Forster on loan to him by an anonymous private collector.
Michael Hovnanian is the Assistant Principal Bass of the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Adjunct Bass Professor at Grand Valley State University. Michael has performed with numerous orchestras throughout Michigan, including the Detroit Symphony, and has held positions with the Kalamazoo, Midland, and Lansing symphonies. Dr. Hovnanian is also an active chamber and solo musician, and is a member of noted chamber group Ensemble Montage. Born and raised in the metro Detroit area, Michael received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees under the instruction of Jack Budrow at Michigan State University. He has also studied with Stephen Molina and Larry Hutchinson of the Detroit Symphony, Robert Goodlett of the Indianapolis Symphony, and Lawrence Angell, formerly of the Cleveland Orchestra.