[pictured] Farrago 4 Saxophone Quartet

The Farrago Four Saxophone Quartet, (l-r) Anne Kunkle, Stephanie Venturino, Arthur Liang and Aiwen Zhang, win in the 19-24 age group.

DAVIDSON & CHARLOTTE, NC – Classical Public Radio 89.9 WDAV and OrthoCarolina announced today the winners of the 2015 Young Chamber Musicians Competition. The competition kicked off its second year in January 2015, when youth chamber ensembles across the country were invited to submit video performances for a chance to win their share of $4500. The competition culminated on Saturday, May 9 with four ensembles performing in a live adjudicated event on the Davidson College campus.

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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