Formed in 2018 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Solana Quartet unites four passionate musicians with a common love for chamber music and collaboration. Maynie Bradley and Anna Luebke, violins, Rachel Riese, viola, and Hannah Kasun, cello, are current students of the chamber music program at the Mead Witter School of Music, coached regularly by Parry Karp of the Pro Arte Quartet.
They have participated in masterclasses with David Perry and Sally Chisholm of the Pro Arte Quartet, Dr. Soh-Hyun Park Altino, and members of Decoda, the resident ensemble of Carnegie Hall. In January 2019, Solana Quartet enjoyed the opportunity of working with Decoda throughout the latter’s week-long residency at UW-Madison, receiving coachings and lessons on community engagement practices. Solana worked with Decoda members to develop an Interactive Performance of Haydn’s String Quartet No. 63 in B-flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4 “Sunrise,” which the quartet then performed at a local elementary school.
Outside of chamber music, the members of Solana Quartet are full-time students at the university, pursuing second majors in fields such as linguistics, environmental studies, and psychology, while also playing an active role elsewhere in the School of Music; currently, all four members of Solana Quartet are principal players in the UW-Madison Opera Orchestra.
The quartet also actively contributes to the School of Music community via performances with the UW Women’s Chorus and also on their colleagues’ recitals. Solana has enjoyed blooming and growing together over the past year upon a foundation of core values such as communication, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, and unfaltering joy at the chance to make music with one another.