Where Are They Now?

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Pacifica Quartet | 1996 Senior String Bronze Medalist | www.pacificaquartet.com

Congratulations to the Pacifica Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, for receiving their second GRAMMY Award. The ensemble's latest album, Contemporary Voices, was nominated in the 2020 Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance category. Pacifica won the same category in 2008 with Elliott Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5.


Dover Quartet | 2010 Grand Prize Winner | www.doverquartet.com

Congratulations to the 2010 Fischoff Grand Prize Winner, Dover Quartet, for their first GRAMMY nomination for the 2020 Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance in recognition of it's recording, The Schumann Quartets. They are currently in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music as the Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble.


Merz Trio | 2019 Gold Medal Winner | www.merztrio.com

Congrats to the 2019 Fischoff Gold Medal Winner, Merz Trio, winners of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Competition. They are currently in their second year as Professional Piano Trio in Residence at the New England Conservatory. Watch their video recording at Guarneri Hall during their 2019 Fischoff Winners Tour.


Tessa Lark | 2012 Prize Winner | Modêrtre

Tessa is a recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and has also received a career grant from Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. 2015/2016 highlights include Carnegie Hall and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum recitals as well as concerto engagements with the Indianapolis & Cleveland City Music chamber orchestras, Hawaii, New Haven, & Johnson City symphonies and the Symphony of Westchester. More details can be found here.


Tesla Quartet | 2012 Grand Prize Winner

Tesla Quartet won second prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. They also won the R.S. Williams Haydn Prize & the Canadian Commission Prize. More details can be found here. Bravo!


Boris Allakhverdyan, Prima Trio | 2007 Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to clarinetist, Boris Allakhverdyan of the Prima Trio, on his recent appointment as Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Zorá String Quartet | 2015 Grand Prize Winner | www.zorastringquartet.com

Zorá String Quartet will be the String Quartet in Residence at Curtis Institute of Music 2016-2018. They will be mentored by their renowned faculty including Shamuel Ashkensasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Peter Wiley. They will also work closely with Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble and Curtis's Community Artists Program during their residency.


Anastasia Dedik, Prima Trio | 2007 Grand Prize Winner | www.anastasiadedik.com

Anastasia Dedik, pianist of Prima Trio, released a new CD on September 16, 2015. Included on the CD are Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky and Concert Suite from the ballet The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.


Calidore String Quartet | 2011 Grand Prize Winner | www.calidorestringquartet.com

UPDATE #3 (August 2016): Calidore has been selected as BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Over the next 2 seasons, they will produce several recordings for the BBC which will air internationally on BBC broadcasting. In addition, they will perform in many of the major venues & festivals in the UK. More info can be found here

UPDATE #2: Calidore has had a busy summer of 2015! They returned to Innsbrook Institute, debuted at East Neuk Festival in Scotland, performed at ChamberFest in Ottowa, and performed at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Full details here. UPDATE #1: On March 31, 2015, Calidore String Quartet joined the roster Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two! This exciting new venture will begin in the 2016/2017 season.

On February 3, 2015, Calidore String Quartet released their debut album. The recording features Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 and Haydn's String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, "Emperor". The Mendelssohn string quartet holds particular meaning for Calidore. "When performing the Mendelssohn quartet, we feel the spirit and energy of his writing comes to life," stated the Calidore String Quartet. "None of us will ever forget the moment we read through it in one of our very first rehearsals, and we are excited to feature it on our first album!" This recording of "Emperor" Quartet by Haydn shows the foundation and breadth of their musical voice. "Haydn begins the quartet with four distinct fragments with completely different characters and emotions, and in this way the four statements in the opening serve as a metaphore for us," stated Calidore. "We are four indvudals with uniqe musical voices, but when the music calls for a spirited virtuosic union or a solemn chorale, we must meld our spirits into one."


Julio Elizalde | New Trio - 2008 Grand Prize Winner | www.newtrio.com

Julio Elizalde has been named Artistic Director of the Olympic Music Festival.


Jasper String Quartet | 2008 & 2009 Senior String Division Silver Medal | www.jasperquartet.com

We are delighted to announce the successful completion of our three year campaign to commission Aaron Jay Kernis’ Third String Quartet! With the support of outstanding organizations, we raised the funds to commission Aaron's next monumental quartet. We will perform the new work throughout the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons and the premiere will take place June 28, 2015 at the Caramoor Center. We will also record the new work, completing The Kernis Project on the Sono Luminus label. Our first two albums with Sono Luminus, The Kernis Project: Schubert and The Kernis Project: Beethoven, paired Aaron's two existing quartets with Schubert "Death and the Maiden" and Beethoven Op. 59 No. 3.

This June, we released our third recording with Sono Luminus, Beethoven Op. 131. We recorded for two days last November in Sono Luminus’ beautiful studio (formerly a church) in Boyce, VA. This piece is incredibly meaningful to our group and to chamber music as a whole, and it was thrilling to have the chance to record it. Coming up this fall, we have plans to record Smetana No. 1 "From my Life" and Bartok Quartet No. 5. This past season wrapped up our final concerts for CMA's Cleveland Quartet Award.


Andrew Wan, New Trio | 2008 Grand Prize Winner | www.newtrio.com

Andrew Wan is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster.  In August of 2008, he was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. His relationship with the orchestra began with performances of Elgar’s Violin Concerto, which were hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse.

As soloist, he has appeared in the United States, China, New Zealand, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland, and Canada under conductors such as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Jacques Lacombe, James DePreist, Marc Piollet and Michael Stern.  In May of 2012, he closed the MSO’s inaugural season in the Maison Symphonique with Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, conducted by music director Kent Nagano, and on their tour of South America in April of 2013, he performed as soloist and concertmaster in Ravel’s Tzigane and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.  This season marked the world premiere of a work commissioned for him and the MSO – Les mouvements de l’âme, by Serge Arcuri, and in November of 2014 he will record all three violin concerti of Saint-Saëns with the OSM and Music Director Kent Nagano under the Analekta label. 

Mr. Wan has concertized extensively throughout the world, appearing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall and Salle Gaveau with artists such as the Juilliard Quartet, the Sejong Soloists, the Vadim Repin, Gil Shaham, Menaham Pressler, and Cho-Liang Lin.  He frequently serves as guest concertmaster for several North American orchestras and has appeared as artist and faculty at the St. Prex, Seattle, Edinburgh, Olympic, Agassiz, La Jolla, Aspen, and Orford Music Festivals.  Discography includes Grammy and Juno award-nominated releases on the Onyx, Bridge, and Naxos labels with James Ehnes and the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Metropolis Ensemble, and the Opus-award winning New Orford Quartet.

Mr. Wan is currently on violin faculty at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University as well as the Orford Music Festival.



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