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Winners announced in the 2015 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

Laurie Niles

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Published: May 11, 2015 at 5:50 PM [UTC]

Congratulations to the winners of the 42nd annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition! The competition was held over the weekend at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., with 49 ensembles from around the world competing (narrowed down from 133 ensembles from 29 countries) in junior and senior divisions.

Here are the prize winners:

GRAND PRIZE ($7,500)

Zorá String Quartet
Bloomington, Ind.

Zorá Quartet
The Zorá String Quartet. Photo by Josef Samuel.

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GOLD MEDAL ($3,500)
Zorá String Quartet
Bloomington, Ind.

  • Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
  • Seula Lee, violin
  • Pablo Muñoz Salido, viola
  • Zizai Ning, cello

Calla Quartet
The Colburn School
Los Angeles, Calif

  • Michaela Wellems, violin
  • Amelia Dietrich, violin
  • Aiden Kane, viola
  • Karissa Zadinsky, cello

Autana Trio
Cleveland, Ohio

  • Yuri Noh, piano
  • Ruben Rengel, violin
  • Anna Bowman, cello

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Incendium QuartetJUNIOR DIVISION
(Ages 18 and under)

($2,300 scholarship)
Incendium Quartet (pictured, right)
The Colburn School
Pasadena Conservatory
Los Angeles, California

  • Geneva Lewis, violin
  • Mei Zhan, violin
  • Emma Wernig, viola
  • Atticus Mellor-Goldman, cello

($1,800 scholarship)
Trio Adonais
New England Conservatory Prep School
Boston, Massachusetts

  • Sammy Andonian, violin
  • Mari Nagahara, cello
  • John Gibson, piano

($1,300 scholarship)
Alegrar Quartet
Barratt Due Institute of Music
Oslo, Norway

  • Inga Vaga Gåustad, violin
  • Oda Holt Günther, violin
  • Michael Andreas Grolid, viola
  • Brage Botn Seim, cello

Isolde Quartet
New England Conservatory Prep
Boston, Massachusetts

Atara String Quartet
Music Institute of Chicago

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The competition was founded in 1973 by Joseph E. Fischoff and and members of the South Bend (Ind.) Chamber Music Society. This year, National Public Radio’s From the Top will tape a special program called From the Top Backstage at Fischoff for broadcast beginning June 15 on member stations.

Read about winners in the Junior and Senior Wind Divisions here.

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The Zorá String Quartet performs Robert Schumann String Quartet Op.41 No.1 IV: Presto:

The Incendium Quartet performs Brahms String Quartet No. 2 In A Minor, Op 51:

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From Paul Deck
Posted on May 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM
Thanks for reporting this, Laurie, it's so great to learn about all these wonderful young people.

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