Aviva Hakanoglu

Aviva Hakanoglu

Born and raised in New York City, violinist Aviva Hakanoglu has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, educator, and advocate for community engagement. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Indiana University South Bend, where she is a member of the Euclid Quartet, the university’s Ensemble-in-Residence. Prior to coming to South Bend, Aviva was a violinist with the Pittsburgh-based Beo String Quartet.

Aviva earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Music from Harvard University. While at Harvard, she had the opportunity to work with artist William Kentridge on his Norton Lecture Drawing Lesson Six: Anti-Entropy. This experience was one of many that fueled her pursuit for interdisciplinary collaboration.

She went on to complete her Master’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Simin Ganatra, first violinist of the Pacifica Quartet. A proud IU alum, she was a participant of the Pacifica Quartet Intensive Seminar and also studied pedagogy with Mimi Zweig, director of the Indiana University String Academy. After finishing her Master’s program, Aviva earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Jennifer Frautschi, Philip Setzer, and Arnaud Sussmann. During her time at Stony Brook, she was a participant in the inaugural class of the Emerson String Quartet Institute.

Aviva has appeared as a faculty artist at the Dakota Chamber Music Festival and Charlotte New Music Festival. In addition, she has held positions with the Owensboro and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestras, and has performed with ensembles around the country, including the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Evansville Philharmonic, and Lansing Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, Aviva has collaborated and performed with renowned artists such as Atar Arad, Peter Stumpf, Lawrence Dutton, and Paul Watkins.

While living in Long Island, Aviva was the assistant director of the Three Village Chamber Players, a community-based chamber music collective that provided free concerts around the area. Aviva remains committed to curating meaningful performance experiences at a variety of local venues, and she is excited to bring this passion to South Bend.