The Old City String Quartet Captures Coveted Fischoff Grand Prize
Out of 48 competing ensembles from across the nation and around the world, the Old City String Quartet has won the coveted Grand Prize of the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition ($7,500) and the Gold Medal ($3,000) in the Senior String Division. Joel Link (violin), Bryan Lee (violin), Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (viola) and Camden Shaw (cello) are from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to prize money, the quartet will participate in a Winner's Tour of the Midwestern United States in October, and will perform several concerts in the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy in 2011.
The Senior String Division Silver Medal ($2,000) went to the Chimeng Quartet from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Members include Luosha Fang (violin), Yang Li (violin), Shuangshuang Liu (viola) and Jia Cao (cello). The Senior String Division Barbara Shields Byrum Bronze Medal ($1,000) went to the Lysander Piano Trio from the Juilliard School, New York, New York. Members include Itamar Zorman (violin), Madeleine Kabat (cello), and Liza Stepanova (piano).
In the Senior Wind Division, the Angeles Saxophone Quartet from University of California - Los Angeles won the Gold Medal ($3,000). Ensemble members include Christopher Elchico (soprano saxophone), Ryan Weston (alto saxophone), Umut Dursun (tenor saxophone) and Andrew Barnhart (baritone saxophone). The Senior Wind Division Silver Medal ($2,000) was awarded to Axius from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Members include Stephen Page (soprano saxophone), Colin Young (alto saxophone), Ryan Smith (tenor saxophone) and Nathan Bogert (baritone saxophone). The Senior Wind Division Bronze Medal ($1,000) was awarded to Axiom Brass of Chicago, Illinois. Ensemble members include Dorival Puccini, Jr. (trumpet), Colin Oldberg (trumpet), Matthew Oliphant (horn), Brett Johnson (trombone) and Kevin Harrison (tuba).
In the Junior Division (musicians under the age of eighteen), the First Place Medal and Scholarship of $2,000 was awarded to Quartet Danae of the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Wilmette, Illinois. Members include Zachary Spontak (violin), Sophia Cho (violin), Leah Ferguson (viola), and Benjamin Fried (cello). The Second Place Medal and Scholarship of $1,500 was won by the Emerald Quartet, also of the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Wilmette, Illinois. Members include Clayton Penrose-Whitmore (violin), Kenneth Jones-Madrid (violin), Ethan Hoppe (viola), and Alexander Hersh (cello). The Third Place Medal and Scholarship ($1,000) went to the Foraret Quartet of the New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts. Members include Ryan Shannon (violin), Erin Kim (violin), Tanny Kang (viola), and Joinatsuru Yanai (cello).
Founded in 1973 in South Bend, Indiana, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition has grown to become the largest chamber music competition in the world, and one of the most prestigious classical music prizes attainable today. Since its founding, more than 5,000 musicians have participated, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education.