Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Fischoff Competition
The Senior String Division Silver Medal ($3,000) went to the Altius Quartet, whose members Sercan Danis (violin), Andrew Giordano (violin), Andrew Krimm (viola) and Zachary Reaves (cello) study at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. The Senior String Division Barbara Shields Byrum Bronze Medal ($2,000) went to the Evita Quartet of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Members include Hyorim Han (violin), Haerim Lee (violin) Yi-Chun Lin (viola), and Soojung Kim (cello).
In the Junior Division (for musicians eighteen and under), the First Place Medal and Scholarship of $2,300 was won by the Quartet Fuoco of Midwest Young Artists, Highwood, Illinois. Rachel Stenzel (violin), Aidan Perreault (violin), David Berghoff (viola) and Christopher Gao (cello). The Second Place Medal and Scholarship of $1,800 was won by the Vox Quartet of the The Academy of Music Institute of Chicago, Illinois. Members include Hansuh Rhee (violin), Serena Harnack (violin), Mira Williams (viola) and Nathan Mo (cello). The Third Place Medal and Scholarship ($1,300) went to the Quartet Firenze of The Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, California. Members include Hao Zhou (violin), Tiffany Chung (violin), Nathan Wong (viola) and Iona Batchelder (cello). Honorable Mention went to the Snitzer Quartet of Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members include Beatrice Hsieh (violin), Carolyn Semes (violin), Joseph Burke (viola), Zachary Mowitz (cello).
New this year, the Junior Division Wind Prize and scholarship of $500 was won by Enigma Saxophone Quartet of Spring, Texas. Members include Austin Houghton (soprano saxophone), Ronald Ogden III (alto saxophone), Elvys Del Jesus (tenor saxophone), and Steve Lopez (baritone saxophone). Sponsored by the American Brass Quintet, this award honors the most outstanding wind ensemble in the Junior Division.