Liann Wadewitz

Liann Wadewitz

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Liann plays first violin, is currently serving her fourth term on our board as Membership Coordinator, and joined QUO in September 2011.

How did you come to join QUO?
I was feeling slightly frustrated with my other orchestra at the time. I was playing as an alumni at my college and I didn’t feel I was being challenged enough. After one rehearsal one night, I got home, searched on Craigslist for orchestras, I found an ad for QUO, and the rest is history.

What is your favorite place to take friends visiting NYC?
I normally like to take friends out to restaurants in NYC when they visit. I love soup dumplings, ramen, and all things pastry. Museums like the Met and MoMA are also places I like to take friends.

What musical symbol best defines you and why?
This one is so difficult! I have a bass clef and a treble clef tattooed on the inside of my fingers but I feel like “fp” or forte piano best defines me because sometimes I’m a little loud and then immediately quiet. I alternate back and forth depending on the situation.

How long have you been playing your instrument?
Music first began in my life when I started taking piano lessons at the age of six. I took private piano lessons all the way through high school. Around the same time, a friend at my babysitter’s house had a violin with her one day and one afternoon, I started playing with it for fun. I immediately knew I had to play it when the time came. In elementary school, we had to make three instrument choices and mine were: violin, viola, and flute. I was originally assigned the viola but I just knew I had to play the violin from that short afternoon from three years prior. Ever since then, I’ve been playing in an orchestra. It’s been a wonderful 18 years and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. However, I am itching to one day learn how to play the cello…one day…

Question from Fran: What is your most memorable QUO moment and why?
Every moment with QUO has been such a memorable experience. I have to say though, I think playing in both runs of Firebird have been the most memorable to me. I’ve played in a few pits before in college but never with a ballet. Ballez is an awesome group and I’m so excited for QUO to work with them again in the future.