DAVIDSON & CHARLOTTE, NC – Classical Public Radio 89.9 WDAV recently announced the winners of the 2018 Young Chamber Musicians Competition (YCMC), presented by OrthoCarolina.

AYA Trio

AYA Trio, YCMC’s 2018 Senior Division Champions

On April 22, four of the nation’s top youth chamber ensembles competed in Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall for their share of $12,000, a studio recording session, a paid performance as part of the 2018-19 Davidson College Concert Series, and scholarships to the Brevard Music Institute.

The winner of the Senior Division and $4,000 grand prize is AYA Trio from the Curtis Institute of Music. Members of the ensemble include Angela Chan, violin, Andres Sanches, cello, and Ying Li, piano. Formed in 2013 at Curtis, the AYA Trio has performed at several notable venues in the Philadelphia area and will participate in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival this summer.

The runner-up of the Senior Division, who took home $2,000, is the Belka Quartet, a string quartet from the Cleveland Institute of Music. The group is comprised of Beatrice Hsieh, violin, Charles Gleason, violin, Serena Hsu, viola, and Daniel Blumhard, cello. As Spring 2018 Apprentice Quartet in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Intensive Quartet Seminar, the Quartet holds the Cleveland Chamber Music Society Young Artist Residency.

Bear Quartet

Bear Quartet, YCMC’s 2018 Junior Division Champions

The winner of the Junior Division and $2,500 is the Bear Quartet from the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, Utah. The quartet takes its name from an acronym of its member’s names: Benson Marshall, cello, Ellen Hayashi, violin, Abby Smith, viola, and Rachel Call, violin. In addition to performing at numerous community events, they recently were invited to perform for the Utah State Senate and in a masterclass for Laurie Smukler of the Juilliard School.

The runner up of the Junior Division, who took home $1,500, is the Quartet Callisto from the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Chicago. Quartet Callisto has become of laureates of the Discover National Chamber Music Competition and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The group is comprised of violinists Hannah Lin and Adele Lee, violist Yonjoo Seo, and cellist Rowena Bakke. Quartet Callisto also won the People’s Choice Award, courtesy of Sharon Towers Continuing Care Retirement Community – a $2,000 prize.

Competition judges included Brian Cole, Dean of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Tara Villa Keith, Director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at Davidson College; Jason Posnock, Director of Artistic Planning and Educational Programs at the Brevard Music Center; Jonathan Govias, Director of Orchestras at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Joseph Meyer, Associate Concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and violin faculty at Davidson College.

A complete video recording of this year’s competition can be found below or on WDAV’s Facebook page. Stay tuned in the coming months for details on the 2019 Young Chamber Musicians Competition, coming up April 14, 2019.

Additional support for YCMC 2018 provided by Steinway Piano Gallery of Charlotte, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, Carrburritos, Lake Norman Realty, Woodlawn School, Quo Vadis, and WBTV.



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