Distinguished Artist, Violin, Chamber Coach, Cavani String Quartet,
Violinist Annie Fullard joyfully celebrates a life devoted to the performance and exploration of chamber music and the collaborative bonds with students and colleagues developed in more than 30 years as first violinist of the Cavani String Quartet and as Quartet in Residence at The Cleveland Instiute of Music. Along with her Cavani Quartet colleagues, Ms Fullard is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Cleveland Quartet Competition and the Banff, Fischoff and Carmel Competitions. Ms. Fullard and her colleagues were named Musical America's Young Artists of the Year 1989 and received the 1998 ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, the 2005 and 2013 Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence, and ten Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants. Ms. Fullard has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including a Mozart Anniversary Tour in 2006 of Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague, and a 2010 tour with Chamber Music Connection Italia, featuring a performance at The Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome. Other appearances include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Festival L'Epau in France, and the Ijsbreker Series in Amsterdam, and most recently in the transformative Violins of Hope Project, Cleveland. Ms. Fullard is honored to have had the opportunity to collaborate many distinguished artists including, Robert Mann, Alisa Weilerstein, Anton Nel, Stephanie Blythe, Charles Neidich, Itzhak Perlman, Joel Smirnoff, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Takacs, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence String Quartets. Ms Fullard is also proud to serve as violist of the Pialli String Quartet formed as part of the Chamber Music Society of Mexico City.
Passionately committed to communicating the joy of music making to students of all ages, Ms. Fullard has given performances, master classes and lecture demonstrations for communities in all fifty states, at universities, public and private schools and music festivals including The New World Symphony, The Aspen Festival, The Perlman Music Program, Banff Center for the Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kneisel Hall, Norfolk Summer School of Music, Phoenixphest in Ann Arbor, Michigan , Caroga Lake Music Festival, Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Ohio, Midwest Young Artists and The Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago, and ArCoNet Arts and Community Network, in Philadelphia.
Nationally recognized as a dynamic leader in the field of chamber music performance, education and advocacy, Ms. Fullard and her colleagues have been featured lecturers at The Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU and at Business Schools around the country presenting their program: Coaching Strategies and Techniques: Building Empowered and Collaborative Teams by Applying Principles of Chamber Music Pedagogy. In collaboration with writing partner, Dr. Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, Ms Fullard plans to publish a comprehensive book on Chamber Music Rehearsal Techniques drawing on her formative influences and experiences as a student, performer and coach. To promote and encourage students pursuing careers in chamber music, she and her Cavani colleagues have developed The Apprentice Quartet Program, Intensive Quartet Seminar, New Quartet Project and M.A.P. (Music, Art & Poetry) PROJECT, The Art of Engagement Seminar COLLAGE: Music & Poetry with poet and Director of Pan African Studies at Kent State University, Mwatabu Okantah. Former chamber music students include members of the Catalyst, Jupiter, Linden, Daedalus, Miro, Maia, Biava, Fry Street, Afiara, Harlem, Aeolus, Omer, Dali, Verona Quartets, as well as members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and St Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Fullard currently serves as co- director of Preparatory Chamber Music at CIM, as well as the Chamber Music Seminar for the Young Artist Program, and is Director of String and Piano Chamber Music Seminar at Case Western Reserve University. For the 2016-17 season Ms. Fullard is honored to serve as Distinguished Visiting Artist in Chamber Music at the Mc Duffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. She is a former artist-in-residence at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas and has served as Visiting-Artist at the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Fullard pursued additional studies at the Indiana University, Ohio State University and Yale University. Her teachers and mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Earl Carlyss and Peter Salaff. She lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Jim, son Sam, two cats named Mewzik and Art and enjoys listening to Beethoven, Ella Fitzgerald, reading, movies, and downhill skiing.