89.9 WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition powered by OrthoCarolinaDAVIDSON & CHARLOTTE, NC – Classical Public Radio 89.9 WDAV announced today the finalists in its 2016 Young Chamber Musicians Competition (YCMC), powered by OrthoCarolina.

This spring, aspiring young chamber ensembles were invited to submit video performances for a chance to participate in WDAV’s third annual Young Chamber Musicians Competition. Four finalists have been selected to compete for their share of $12,000 in a judged concert on May 1 at 3pm in Davidson College’s Duke

Family Performance Hall. The entire competition will be broadcast live on WDAV.

“The talent drawn by this competition increases in caliber every year, and 2016 is certainly no exception” says Will Keible, director of marketing and corporate support. “Our finalists prove that the future of classical music is bright. And thanks to the expanded scope of this year’s competition – from the larger concert hall to the live broadcast – we are able to share these phenomenal young musicians with listeners across the region and beyond.”

This year’s competition judges include Charlotte Symphony Principal Cellist Alan Black; John Gordon Ross, music director for the Western Piedmont Symphony; and Dan Locklair, Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University. The audience will select the winner of the People’s Choice Award by using text-to-vote.

Details of the competition, including how to purchase tickets, can be found at ycmc.wdav.org.

Finalists for the 2016 Young Chamber Musicians Competition

Age 19-25

Von Quartet
Musicians: Jisun Lee, Gudbjartur Hakonarson, Ursula Steele, Joanne Yesol Choi
Bio: The Von Quartet is comprised of musicians from across the globe – Iceland, South Korea, Canada, and the United States. Formed in the fall of 2014, the ensemble is this year’s quartet- in- residence at the University of Indiana Jacobs School of Music, where they are all pursuing their undergraduate degrees.

Onyx Quartet
Musicians: Genevieve Smelser, Michael Siess, Spencer Ingersoll, Noah Krauss
Bio: The Onyx Quartet formed at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in 2015. The ensemble is part of CIM’s Intensive Quartet Seminar and has studied with nationally- recognized groups such as the Jupiter Quartet and the Cavani Quartet.

Age 14-18

Noctis Quartet
Musicians: Kevin Zhu, Andrew Kim, Jacob van der Sloot, Chase Park
Bio: The New York-based Noctis Quartet – its name taken from the Latin word for “night” – was first formed in September of 2015 out of a mutual love for chamber music. Working together largely after the sun sets, the ensemble spends their evenings performing and practicing.

Chimera Quartet
Members: Geneva Lewis, Cameron Alan-Lee, Tomsen Su, Emma Wernig
Bio: Formed at the beginning of September 2015, the Chimera Quartet is made up of students from The Colburn School in Los Angeles. The ensemble currently serves as the Honors Quartet in Colburn’s Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Program.


WDAV Classical Public Radio is one of America’s leading producers of original classical-music programming. In addition to producing 156 hours per week for its own broadcast use on 89.9FM, HD- 1, HD-2, and wdav.org channels, the station produces nationally-distributed programs, including Concierto, and, in partnership with South Carolina Public Radio, World of Opera and Carolina Live. A service of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, WDAV’s mission is to make classical music accessible to everyone. WDAV’s main source of operating revenue comes from annual member contributions. The station’s 89.9FM signal reaches a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, NC metro area and ranges from Rock Hill, SC to Galax, VA. WDAV’s broadcasts can also be heard live online 24 hours a day at wdav.org and iTunes, as well as on any Android, iPhone, or iPad device equipped with the WDAV Classical Public Radio app, or the TuneIn, NPR Music, or Public Radio Player apps.

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