Aizuri Quartet, which has won the $100,000 M-Prize, announced Sunday at the the third annual M-Prize chamber music competition! The M-Prize is hosted by the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance and took place in Ann Arbor, Mich. May 3-5.Congratulations to the New York City-based
The Aizuri Quartet, formed in 2012, consists of violinists Ariana Kim and Miho Saegusa, violist Ayane Kozasa and cellist Karen Ouzounian. The quartet has won a number of prizes, including First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and Third Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. This season they also have been the MetLiveArts String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Here is a list of all 2018 M-Prize winners:
Senior Grand Prize
BELOW: Aizuri Quartet performs Haydn String Quartet Op. 20 No. 2 in C Major, at the Curtis Institute of Music's "Curtis Presents" in Philadelphia, PA on December 8, 2017.
The M-Prize competition was created in 2016 by Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Dean Aaron Dworkin to identify and showcase chamber music talent. The 2018 M-Prize competition featured 34 ensembles from across the United States as well as France, Austria, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Including the grand prize, more than $200,000 in prize money was distributed among the top three winners in three different categories: strings, woodwinds and open, in Junior (ages 18 and under) and Senior (ages 19-35) divisions.
Last year's grand prize was awarded to Russian Renaissance; and the 2016 M-Prize went to The Calidore String Quartet. This year's Strings jury included pianist Winston Choi; cellist Alexander Hülshoff and violin/violist Kathryn Votapek.
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