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Violin Community News 2011, Op. 1

May 18, 2011 at 8:27 PM

The 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition announced the winners among 48 ensembles who came from around the world to South Bend, Indiana, for the largest chamber music competition in the world last weekend. Here is a list of the laureates:


The Calidore String Quartet

Senior String Division:

Grand Prize ($7,500.00) and Gold Medal ($3,000.00) : Calidore String Quartet, Colburn School Conservatory of Music, Los Angeles:

Jeffrey Myers and Pasha Tseitlin, violins

Jeremy Berry, viola

Estelle Choi, cello

Silver Medal ($2,000): Aeolus Quartet, Butler School of Music, University of Texas, Austin; and Cleveland Institute of Music:

Nicholas Tavani, violin

Rachel Shapiro, violin

Gregory Luce, viola

Alan Richardson, cello

Bronze Medal ($1,000): Persinger Quartet, Colburn School Conservatory of Music:

Stephen Tavani, violin

Ryan Meehan, violin

Arianna Smith, viola

Allan Steele, cello

Junior String Division (ages 18 and under):

First Place Medal ($2,000 scholarship): Polaris Quartet, Starling Program at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

Jenny Lee, violin

Billy Fang, violin

Demi Fang, viola

Josh Halpern, cello

Second Place Medal ($1,500 scholarship): Milo Quartet, Community Music School of Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri

Jecoliah Wang, violin

Emily DeBold, violin

Charles Longtime, viola

Richard Mazuski, cello

Third Place Medal ($1,000 scholarship): Tropical Trio, New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts

Ingrid Yen, violin

Madeleine Tucker, cello

Jinsoo David Lim, piano

Congratulations to the winners, and to all participants!

* * *

Rachel Barton Pine, who leads a double life as a classical musician with a bent for history and writing her own cadenzas -- and metalhead rocker with her band Earthen Grave -- will be teaching at Mark Wood's Rock Orchestra Camp this July. On the syllabus: Thrash 101 – learning some of the most challenging and fun riffs to your favorite metal tunes; Rocking Out Unplugged; Monster Shredding – to keep your chops in shape; and World’s Greatest Cover Band – how to arrange your favorite tunes for a chamber ensemble.

Here are Mark and Rachel, riffin' at a rock concert to "Night on Bald Mountain."

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The Juilliard School's 106th commencement takes place this Friday in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and composer/conductor John Adams will deliver the commencement address. Adams will also receive an honorary doctoral degree; and honorary degrees will also be awarded to actor Sir Derek Jacobi, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and choreographer Twyla Tharp.


From Nicole Stacy
Posted on May 19, 2011 at 3:39 AM

Congrats Billy and Demi, and your colleagues, and your mom & dad if they are reading. :)

From Laurie Niles
Posted on May 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Here is a link to John Adam's speech, which I would encourage everyone to read. ".. by choosing a life in the arts you’ve set yourselves apart from all that and from a nation that has become such a hostage to distraction that it can’t absorb a single complex thought without having it reduced to a sound byte"

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