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 from around the world. Drawn together by Houston’s international and inclusive arts culture, the members- Eugeniu Cheremoush, Laura Cividino, Sonya Matoussova, and Rainey Weber- hail from Moldova, Italy, Russia and Canada, and the United States, respectively. 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, Ms. Matoussova, 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.
Sonya Matoussova, Cello
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, cellist Sonya Matoussova now resides in Houston where she is actively involved in the city’s music scene as both performer and educator. She regularly plays in the cello section of the Mercury Chamber Orchestra and is the assistant principal cellist of the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Ms. Matoussova is also the Executive Director of the Aragats International Music Festival in Yerevan, Armenia.
Ms. Matoussova has won top prizes at several competitions, including the Schlern International Competition (Italy) and the Canadian Music Competition. Her passion for chamber music has taken her all over the world, with performances in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Romania, and the Netherlands.
In 2015, Ms. Matoussova was featured as a soloist with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, performing the Vivaldi Double Concerto alongside principal cellist Thomas Schroeder. In 2008, Ms. Matoussova appeared with I Musici de Montreal as one of the soloists for the premiere of Paul Desenne's Dragoncello for six celli and string orchestra.
In addition to maintaining an active private studio, Ms. Matoussova teaches at the International Music Academy, where she recently founded a chamber music program. Ms. Matoussova is a Mercury Teaching Artist, as well as a Teaching Artist for the Houston Youth Symphony.
Ms. Matoussova is an alumna of the Da Camera Young Artist Program. She holds degrees from the University of Montreal (class of Yuli Turovsky) and the University of Houston (class of Vagram Saradjian).