Meiravi Quartet

Meiravi Quartet

The Meiravi Quartet’s impressive individual resumes contribute to the Quartet’s rich musicality and vibrant sound. The Quartet is unusual, not only because of its composer-in- residence, Peter Nocella, but also because the group is experienced in playing both the classical and contemporary repertoire. Often music from a variety of genres may be offered including jazz, popular, folk, and world music: a tango from Argentina, a Gershwin song, a folk song from the Inuits, or a Chinese lullaby. Every performance will include some musical surprises—and at least one work by an American composer.

Public Concerts
The Meiravi Quartet performs publicly at such venues as UPENN’s Amado Recital Hall, Hall of Flags, and the AVA Recital Hall.

Private Concerts
A specialty of the quartet is that, upon request, we will perform concerts at a private residence or selected venue. On such occasions Dr. Nocella provides entertaining remarks on the quartet’s program.
For information please contact us.

Summer 2012
Newsletter (PDF: 160 KB / 4 pages)

New CD available from the Meiravi Quartet:

Meiravi Quartet's new album - Hope Survives
Hope Survives!
Chamber Music of Schulhoff, Krasa, Ullmann, Zemlinsky, and Nocella

Price: $15

Debut CD

Peter Nocella
String Quartet No. 1 in Blue
Performed by Meiravi Quartet

Peter Nocella, String Quartet No. 1 in Blue
Order the Meiravi Quartet’s album, released October 10, 2011.


Peter Nocella: String Quartet No.3 in Green

Peter Nocella: String Quartet No.2 in Red, Movement I

Peter Nocella: String Quartet No.1 in Blue, Movement II

Member Bios

Igor Szwec is a highly regarded concertmaster and soloist featured in numerous concerts and recordings. At age twelve he won the Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Competition and appeared as soloist with the orchestra. He was later awarded a full scholarship to the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He studied violin with Jaro Megasuik and Karen Tuttle. For many years Igor was concertmaster of the highly regarded Philadelphia Concerto Soloists. He performs regularly with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Vocal Arts, Orchestra 2001, Opera Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Ballet. Also, for sixteen years, Igor was concertmaster for the Philly Pops. While living in Ottawa, Canada, he was a member of the prestigious National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Constable String Quartet. Upon returning to Philadelphia, He has often appeared as soloist with the Concerto Soloists, and is a preferred recording studio concertmaster for such artists as Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, and Will Smith. Igor has also performed with such notable musicians as cellist Bernard Greenhouse, pianist Menahem Pressler, hornist, John Barrows, violist Raphael Hillyer of the Juillard String Quartet), and violist Denys Koromzai of the Hungarian String Quartet. Additionally, he has shared the stage with Iona Brown, well-known soloist and concertmaster with St. Martins in the Field, and has performed under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Ricardo Muti, Charles Dutoit, Yehudi Menuhin, JoAnn Falletta, and Max Rudolf.

Gregory Teperman‘s musicality, sense of style, and musical joie de vivre is evident whenever he performs. In demand as a concertmaster and violin soloist, for many years Teperman has performed with Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, and for numerous productions at the Forrest and Walnut Street theaters. He has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia and the American Society of Ancient Instruments. Currently a member of the AVA and the Philly Pops Orchestras, he is also concertmaster for Broadway at the Academy and for the Walnut Street Theatre. In 1984-85 Gregory served as both the assistant concertmaster of the Trenton Symphony and concertmaster for The Bucks County Symphony. Before immigrating to the United States in 1982, he performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Radio and Television Company, USSR, Moscow Symphony Orchestra under Director Veronica Dudarov, Moldavian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the renowned Timophei Gurtovoy, and the University Symphony Orchestra, for whom he was concertmaster. Teperman studied at the Moscow Conservatory and Moldavian University of Arts. He has performed with Pavarotti, Carreras, The Three Tenors as well as such popular artists as Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, and Smokey Robinson. Among other popular recording artists, he has recorded with Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake. In addition to the aforementioned, Teperman has also performed under the batons of Ricardo Muti, Max Rudolf, Gerard Schwarz, and Christopher Macatsoris.

Peter Nocella is a multi-talented and gifted composer/violist and with broad based musical knowledge and experience. For more information about Peter’s extensive musical background, consult his bio page.

Vivian Barton Dozor, noted for her warm, expressive cello sound and remarkably refined musical sensibility, has performed with such distinguished artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Alexander Schneider, and Felix Galimir. A graduate of Curtis Institute and winner of the top cello prize at the Hudson Valley Competition, her diverse musical activities have included concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Brandenburg Ensemble, Marlboro Music Festival, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, West Jersey Chamber Music Society, Orchestra 2001, Vox Ama Deus, Philomel Baroque Ensemble, Brandywine Baroque,Tempesta di Mare, Pro Musica Rara,Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, and the American Society of Ancient Instruments, of which she was music director. Barton Dozor also attended the International Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove, Cornwall England, and has performed in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Her academic teaching credentials include both Princeton University and Community College of Philadelphia. She has recorded on, among others, the RCA, Dorian, and Polygram labels.