On May 1, four of the nation’s top youth chamber ensembles competed in Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall for their share of $12,000. The third annual Young Chamber Musicians Competition was broadcast live on WDAV. Competition judges included 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 winner of the 19-25 age group and $4,000 grand prize is the Onyx Quartet from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Members of the ensemble include Genevieve Smelser (violin), Michael Siess (violin), Spencer Ingersoll (viola), and Noah Krauss (cello). 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.
The runner-up of the 19-25 age group, who took home $2,000, is the Von Quartet, a chamber ensemble from the Jacobs School of Music at the University of Indiana. The group – which includes members from Iceland, South Korea, Canada, and the United States – is comprised of Jisun Lee (violin), Gudbjartur Hakonarson (violin), Ursula Steele (viola), and Joanne Yesol Choi (cello).
The winner of the 14-18 age group and $2,500 is the Chimera Quartet from The Colburn School in Los Angles. Geneva Lewis (violin), Cameron Alan-Lee (violin), Emma Wernig (viola), and Tomsen Su (cello) make up the ensemble. The group currently serves as the Honors Quartet in Colburn’s Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Program. The Chimera Quartet also took home the competition’s first ever People’s Choice Award, which was selected by audience members and listeners using text-to- vote. The award, sponsored by Davidson Day School, was worth $2,000.
The runner up of the 14-18 age group, who took home $1,500, is the New York-based Noctis Quartet, an ensemble that formed out of a mutual love of chamber music. Members include Kevin Zhu (violin), Andrew Kim (violin), Jacob van der Sloot (viola), and Chase Park (cello).
A complete recording of this year’s competition can be found at ycmc.wdav.org. Stay tuned in the coming months for details on the 2017 Young Chamber Musicians Competition, which will be held on May 7.
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