DAVIDSON & CHARLOTTE, NC – Classical Public Radio 89.9 WDAV today announced the finalists for the 2018 Young Chamber Musicians Competition (YCMC). WDAV is pleased to welcome four chamber ensembles to Davidson College later this month for the competition finals on April 22, 2018.

Senior Division finalists include the AYA Trio from the Curtis Institute of Music. The Trio has performed at several notable venues in the Philadelphia area and will participate in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival this summer. They will compete against Cleveland-based Belka Quartet. As Spring 2018 Apprentice Quartet in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Intensive Quartet Seminar, the Belka Quartet holds the Cleveland Chamber Music Society Young Artist Residency. The senior division champion wins a two-day recording session at WDAV, and a performance on the 2018-19 Davidson College Concert Series.

This year’s Junior Division finalists feature two string quartets. The first, the Bear Quartet, is part of the Gifted Music School Conservatory in Salt Lake City.  In addition to performing at numerous community events, the Bear Quartet recently was invited to perform for the Utah State Senate and in a masterclass for Laurie Smukler of the Juilliard School. The second, Quartet Callisto, has become of laureates of the Discover National Chamber Music Competition and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Quartet Callisto’s members participate in the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Chamber Music Program of Highwood, Illinois, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, Illinois. The junior division winners earn scholarships for all members to the prestigious Brevard Music Center’s Summer Institute.

In addition to prize money for all four finalists, audience members help award a $2,000 prize by voting for their favorite ensemble. WDAV’s Young Chamber Musicians Competition finals will take place on Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the Duke Family Performance Hall on the Davidson College Campus. For more information and tickets, visit ycmc.wdav.org.

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