Annie Fullard

Annie Fullard, violinist, and founding member of The Cavani String Quartet, is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of chamber music performance, education and advocacy. Hailed by The Cleveland Plain Dealer for her “gleaming artistry, bravura and sensitivity” Ms. Fullard and her quartet colleagues are recipients of The Naumburg Chamber Music Award, and prize winners of The Cleveland Quartet Competition, Banff, Fischoff, Carmel and Coleman Competitions, ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and The Guarneri Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence twice from Chamber Music America. She is honored to serve as Distinguished Artist, Charles and Mary Jean Yates Chamber Music Chair at The Robert Mc Duffie Center for Strings and, for more than 30 years served as faculty and as Artist-in -Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music. Fullard’s musical journey has included the opportunity to perform and teach in all fifty states and abroad, including The Perlman Music Program, New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Festival, Kneisel Hall, Violins of Hope, Juilliard Summer Arts Program in Shanghai, China, Beaujolais (France) Stage 2019- present, and a Mozart Anniversary Tour of Austria and Czechoslovakia. Ms. Fullard has served as a juror for The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, St. Paul String Quartet Competition, Discover National Competition, Violin Society of America, and in 2022 will serve as jury member for The Washington International Competition. Recognizing the natural ability of chamber music playing to inspire cognitive and emotional development in children through empathy and interaction she founded The Friday Night Chamber Music Program for pre college students. Ms. Fullard is devoted to programming that connects visual art, poetry, and dance including the critically acclaimed COLLAGE: Music and Poetry, with spoken word poet Mwatabu Okantah, Professor of Pan African Studies at Kent State University. Projects on the horizon include a book to be published by Oxford University Press, The Art of Collaboration: Rehearsal  Techniques & Teambuilding  with writing partner Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, PhD. Annie counts among her musical mentors, Josef Gingold, Donald Weilerstein, Dr. Ronald Crutcher, Peter Salaff, as well as members of the Juilliard, Tokyo and Cleveland String Quartets. Ms. Fullard recognizes the empathy and connectivity of chamber music as a metaphor for the kind of communication that we should strive for between cultures and nations.