Who We Are
Founded in the spring of 2018, the Carya String Quartet is a Houston-based ensemble dedicated to performing string quartet repertoire new and old. The members- Eugeniu Cheremoush, Laura Cividino, Ed Harper, and Rainey Weber-hail from Moldova, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, respectively, and they bring their individual experiences as performers and teaching artists to create inclusive concerts and innovative educational programming. Outside of the Carya Quartet, Mr. Cheremoush, Ms. Cividino, Mr. Harper, and Ms. Weber can be seen performing with the Terra Nostra Ensemble, Da Camera, Mercury, Bach Society Houston, Austin Baroque, Texas New Music Ensemble, Music for the Forgotten Project, and the Houston New Arts Movement.
Eugeniu Cheremoush, Violin
Coming from a family of musicians, Eugeniu Cheremoush discovered his passion for the violin at the age of four. During his youth, Mr. Cheremoush participated and placed in international violin youth competitions in Romania, Moldova, and Bulgaria. He has performed recitals in the three most prestigious halls in Moldova, and has made appearances with the National Moldovan Philharmonic, the Opera and Ballet Orchestra of Moldova, and the Moldovan National Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Cheremoush earned his Masters degrees in violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. For four consecutive years, Mr. Cheremoush received fellowships with the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2016, he performed in the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
Mr. Cheremoush is a dedicated educator. His educational collaborations include Klein Forest High School and the Houston Youth Symphony. He also frequently takes part in a variety of outreach programs throughout the United States, including Music for Autism, Music for the Forgotten, and the Carya outreach and educational program. Mr. Cheremoush is currently a member of the Carya String Quartet and the Texas New Music Ensemble.
Laura Cividino, Violin
Italian-born violinist, Laura Cividino, performs regularly with the Houston New Arts Movement, Mercury Chamber Orchestra, Bach Society Houston, Austin Baroque Orchestra, and the Brazos Valley Symphony. She is also a founder of the Carya String Quartet, which focuses its activity on educational programs and performances in the outskirts of the city of Houston. Previously, she founded the Calliope String Quartet, performing two concert tours that included visits to Italy, Austria, and Slovenia in the summers of 2015 and 2017. For many years, Ms. Cividino has also been a member of a piano trio with her father Ugo Cividino and her brother Luca. This ensemble has concertized extensively throughout Europe, including at Fonseca University (2006) in Salamanca Spain, at the Gulbenkian foundation in Lisbon, Portugal (2000), in the Concordia Theatre of Pordenone, Italy and in the G. da Udine Theatre in Udine, Italy (2004). In Italy, as a member of string orchestra Piccola Accademia conducted by Professor Alberto Vianello, Ms. Cividino participated in two CD recordings: “Concerti per viola d’amore” and “J.S.Bach 2000”. She has also recorded for the Austrian ORF and for the American KUHA. Ms. Cividino has been a featured soloist with the Houston Sinfonietta (Sibelius Concerto), and the Clear Lake Symphony (W.A. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola). A dedicated teacher as well as a performer, Ms. Cividino has been member of the faculty of the international music festival “Musicagiovani” in Majano, Italy, since 2005. In May 2012, she performed concerts and gave Masterclasses in Medellin, Colombia.
Ms. Cividino received her violin diploma in 2004 with prof. Diego Masutti and piano diploma in 2005 with prof. Ugo Cividino, both at the J. Tomadini Conservatory of Music in Udine, Italy. She continued her studies in Klagenfurt, Austria, with Professor Helfried Fister, and in March 2008 , she received a violin diploma from that school. In May 2012, Ms. Cividino graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, where she studied violin in the class of Professor Andrzej Grabiec. In February 2014, she received her viola diploma at the G. Tartini Conservatory of Music in Trieste, Italy. During her regular musical studies she also completed courses in the Willems Pedagogy method and graduated with masters diploma in 2002.
Throughout her education and career, Ms. Cividino has had many opportunities to travel and tour. In June 2003, she won an Italian scholarship to participate in the Texas Music Festival in Houston, Texas. In the same year she became part of the interregional orchestra SFK, later touring China as principal violin of this orchestra (2008). In the 2009-2010 season, Ms. Cividino joined the Orchestra Academy Ossiach (youth orchestra founded by members of the Wiener Philharmoniker), and in 2012 she toured Chile with YOA-Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
Ms. Cividino has also actively participated in chamber music and solo competitions throughout the years. In 2007, her Mirror Quintet participated in the first international Competition “Quintetti d’Europa” and was awarded Distinguished Prize. In 2008, together with Theresa Althuber, Gregor Hrabar and Luca Cividino she founded the ISA ensemble which performed during the opening concert of the prestigious international festival “Musicagiovani 2008”, as well as in one of the concerts of the World Willems Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2009, the ISA ensemble performed in Vienna, Austria, for the University of Music. One of the great accomplishments of the ISA ensemble was winning the second prize (first not awarded) of the Alpe Adria Competition. Once in Houston, Ms. Cividino won the Concerto Competition, section strings, at the University of Houston, subsequently performing J. Sibelius Violin Concerto with the University Orchestra, conducted by maestro Franz Anton Krager in April 2012.
Rainey Weber, viola
An active and versatile performer, violist Rainey Weber is based in Houston, Texas, where she is currently the violist of the Carya String Quartet, the Terra Nostra Ensemble, and St. Andrew’s Strings. Committed to chamber music and community engagement, Ms. Weber is currently a Da Camera Young Artist, and has been named a Young Artist Fellow for the 2018-2019 season. Highlights from recent seasons include performing five of Beethoven’s String Quartets as part of the 2017-2018 Beethoven For All Series with Da Camera Chamber Music and Jazz, a tour with the Calliope Quartet of Italy and Austria (July of 2017), and recording string tracks for Robert Ellis’ most recent album, Robert Ellis (2016, New West Records). Ms. Weber has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and as a founding member of the Judson String Quartet, she served as the violist for the 2014 Quartet-in-Residence Program at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, where she performed, taught privately, and mentored for the Advanced String Quartet Institute.
Dedicated to teaching and sharing music with underserved audiences, Ms. Weber has collaborated extensively on the development of educational outreach programs for preschoolers, elementary school students, middle school students, and adults. She also serves on the board of the Houston Viola Society, is a sectional coach and teaching artist for the Houston Youth Symphony and Mercury, and maintains a private studio of viola and violin students. Ms. Weber has a Masters of Music in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Lynne Ramsey. She earned her bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) at Rice University, under the study of James Dunham.
Ms. Weber plays on modern viola, made by Minnesota luthier, William Bartruff. When she is not performing or teaching, she spends her time attempting to garden, running, or with her two cats.
Ed Harper, Cello
Ed Harper is a professional cellist, educator, conductor, composer and arranger from the UK. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Sheffield, a Master of Music degree from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston, studying with Mr Anthony Kitai of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
A passionate and dedicated performer, Mr. Harper won the Mrs. Stewart Blake Prize at the University of Sheffield in 2008 and in the following years was principal cellist of the RNCM Concert, Opera and Brand New Orchestras respectively. As a member of the Degani String Quartet at this time, he was invited to give a rare performance of Bruno Walter’s String Quartet at the prestigious RNCM Chamber Music Festival in 2009. After earning his MMus degree, Mr. Harper spent a few years performing in and around London with the Dionysus String Quartet, based at the Royal College of Music.
From 2013-16 Mr. Harper lived in Singapore, teaching music in international schools and performing with local ensembles. There he held regular concerts in the region with the Pygmalion String Quartet and performed with the Orchestra of the Music Makers under Professor Chan Tze Law at the Esplanade Concert Hall. As an educator he co-founded an after-school Suzuki strings program for students aged 5-7, conducted a variety of string and orchestral ensembles and was orchestra director for several musical productions, including Oliver, Annie and Wind in the Willows.
Mr. Harper is a certified Suzuki Cello Instructor from the Chicago and Austin Suzuki Institutes and a lifetime member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In 2018, he will be co-chairing the regional Suzuki Association of Southeast Texas workshop in Houston. He is a faculty member of the Houston Youth Symphony Coda Music Program, an El Sistema-inspired, after-school project that targets children from low-income families in Houston’s Near Northside neighborhood. Mr. Harper is also on faculty at the Woodlands Chamberfest, a summer music camp dedicated to teaching communication, collaboration and leadership through chamber music.
Mr. Harper now lives in Houston, Texas where he maintains a private cello and theory studio and works as a freelance performer. He has been involved in a number of musical theatre productions, including Hairspray and Oklahoma at Sam Houston State University and the regional premiere of Unlock’d at Queensbury Theatre. As cellist of the Carya String Quartet he is excited to be able to combine his love of chamber music with his passion for music education. When he’s not playing the cello, writing/arranging music or finishing degree assignments he enjoys travelling, learning languages, snowboarding and trying (unsuccessfully) to teach his dog, Riley, to roll over.