The winner of the 19-24 age group and $1,500 grand prize is the Farrago 4 Saxophone Quartet from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Members of the ensemble include Stephanie Venturino, Aiwen Zhang, Anne Kunkle, and Arthur Liang. The name Farrago 4 comes from the Latin for “assorted medley or conglomeration.”
The runner-up of the 19-24 age group, who took home $1,000, is Quartet Fuoco, a chamber ensemble from the Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Chamber Music Program in Highwood, IL. Made up of principal players in MYA’s Symphony Orchestra, the group includes Rachel Stenzel (violin) Aidan Perreault (violin), David Berghoff (viola), and Chris Gao (cello).
The winner of the 14-18 age group and $1,250 is Quartetrilateral, also part of the Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program in Illinois. The ensemble is made up of Anna Stenzel (violin), Andria Radaios (violin), Rachel Riese (viola), and Adam Lee (cello).
The runner up of the 14-18 age group, who took home $750, is the Philharmonic Association Quartet, comprised of instrumentalists from the Triangle Youth Philharmonic in Raleigh, NC. Ben Mygatt (violin), Sam Zhu (violin), Hannah Payunk (viola), and Jaeyoung Jung (cello) were all specially selected from the orchestra to be part of this chamber group.
Information about this year’s competition can be found at ycmc.wdav.org. Stay tuned in the coming months for details on the 2016 Young Chamber Musicians Competition.
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