Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, in which 55 ensembles from around the world competed last week, May 20-22 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.Congratulations to the winners in the 49th annual
Top winners in the strings divisions included the New York City-based Terra String Quartet, who won the Grand Prize Medal ($10,000 award) as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division. The Olive Trio, based at The Colburn School Music Academy in Los Angeles, won the Gold Medal in the Junior String Division.
Here are all the prize winners in the string divisions:
SENIOR STRING DIVISION
GRAND PRIZE ($10,000) and GOLD MEDAL ($3,500)
Terra String Quartet
New York, NY
SILVER MEDAL ($3,000)
Yale School of Music, New Haven, CT
BRONZE MEDAL ($2,000)
Pelia String Quartet
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Jury members in this year's Senior String division included cellist Norman Fischer, violinist Nelson Lee, pianist Cecile Licad, and violist Joanna Mendoza.
JUNIOR STRING DIVISION
GOLD MEDAL ($2,300)
Colburn School Music Academy, Los Angeles, CA
SILVER MEDAL ($1,800)
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Players/Franklin Pond Chamber Music, Atlanta, GA
BRONZE MEDAL ($1,300)
Peresson String Quartet
The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL
Jury members in the Junior String division included cellist Anthony Arnone, pianist Elinor Freer, and violinist Rebecca McFaul.
New this year was the Lift Every Voice Prize ($1,500), for best performance of a piece by a historically underrepresented composer in the chamber music world. This inaugural prize focuses on works by Black, Hispanic, Latino or Latina composers. That prize went to the Sequoia Reed Quintet, from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
The competition was founded in 1973 by Joseph E. Fischoff and and members of the South Bend (Ind.) Chamber Music Society.
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