Gregory Beaver is the cellist of the Chiara String Quartet. Along with the other Chiara members, he is Research Assistant Professor and artist-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he coaches chamber music, teaches cello and helps coordinate the chamber music program. Mr. Beaver won the 1997 Corpus Christi Young Artist's Competition and was selected as one of the two quarterfinalists from the United States for the Australasian International Cello Competition in Christchurch, New Zealand. His recent solo performances include a recital program with Naumburg Piano Competition winner Soyeon Lee and a New York recital event where he presented the complete cycle of Beethoven’s cello and piano music. Mr. Beaver has worked with great artists such as Pierre Boulez in a special Carnegie Hall performance of Messagesquisse, and as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra he has worked with conductors such Claudio Abbado and Robert Spano.
Gregory graduated cum laude with a BM in cello performance from Rice University, and with an MM in cello performance and Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies from The Juilliard School. Gregory’s principal teachers include Louis Potter, jr., Norman Fischer, and Joel Krosnick. Gregory is also an internationally recognized expert in the PHP computer programming language, and his book The PEAR Installer Manifesto: Revolutionizing PHP Application Development and Deployment was released by Packt Publishing in October of 2006. Gregory is married to Julie Yoon, second violinist of the Chiara Quartet. Gregory plays on a very fine cello made in 1725 by David Tecchler in Rome.