Meet the Finalists2016 Young Chamber Musicians Competition Finalists Bios
19-24 Age Group
Musicians: Genevive Smelser, Michael Siess, Noah Krauss and Spencer Ingersoll
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.
Musicians: Jisun Lee, Joanne Yesol Choi, Ursula Steele and Gudbjartur Hakonarson
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.
14-18 Age Group
Musicians: Cameron Alan-Lee, Geneva Lewis, Tomsen Su and Emma Wernig
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.
Musicians: Kevin Zhu, Chase Park, Andrew Kim and Jacob van der Sloot
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 together.