Play it Forward

Play It Forward is a collaboration between the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Whatcom Symphony to help create music awareness among middle and high school students. Each year a group of young performers from the Colburn School of Music visit Bellingham for a week-long residency, during which time they visit area schools to perform for local students and to spark in them an interest in classical music.


Viano Quartet from Colburn School to be Guest Ensemble in BFM’s 2017 Play it Forward Chamber Music ResidencyAnnual Outreach Event Co-sponsored with Whatcom Symphony

Quartet to Inspire, Lead Masterclasses in County Schools

Quartet to Perform in Public Concert March 17


The Viano String Quartet, a young ensemble from the prestigious Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, will be in residence, March 12—18, for the sixth annual Play it Forward Chamber Music outreach initiative co-sponsored by the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.

The weeklong residency takes the young musicians into many middle and high school classrooms in the county.  They will entertain, teach and inspire local music students through classroom outreach and masterclasses.  

The quartet, joined by selected student musicians, will also be performing a recital for the public, Friday, March 17th, 7:30 PM at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. in Bellingham. 

All students are free. Adults: Suggested $15 donation to BFM.

Comprised of members Lucy Wang, Hao Zhou, Johanna Nowik, and Tate Zawadiuk, the Viano String Quartet was formed at Colburn during the autumn of 2015. This February, the quartet will be performing Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik on NPR host Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great concert series at Cerritos Center as well as Santa Monica Conservatory’s Expo Line concert series with Paul Coletti.

The Viano Quartet has performed at Colburn’s Gibson Dunn Rush Hour concert series and individual members have each performed in Colburn Chamber Music Society concerts with artists including Martin Beaver, Roberto Diaz, and Ida Kavafian. As one of 10 string quartets selected worldwide, the Viano Quartet will compete in Japan at the Ninth Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in May. The quartet is coached regularly by Clive Greensmith, as well as other members of the Colburn School faculty, including Martin Beaver, Fabio Bidini, and Paul Coletti. They have received additional guidance from artists such as Arnold Steinhardt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Gary Hoffman, as well as members of the Emerson String Quartet, Opus One, and the Calidore String Quartet.