Winners announced in the 2019 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

June 17, 2019, 5:24 PM · Congratulations to the winners in the 46th annual Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, held at the University of Notre Dame last month. Top winners in the strings division included the New England Conservatory-based Merz Trio, who won the Gold Medal in the Senior Strings Division; and the Burlingame, Calif.-based Fervida Trio, a participant in the Young Chamber Musicians program.

The Grand Prize was won by the Aruna Quartet, a saxophone quartet from Texas Tech University. To find the winners in the wind-instrument divisions please click here.

The 61 ensembles who reached the quarterfinals of the competition represented more than 20 countries.

Here are the prize winners:


Merz Trio
The Merz Trio.

GOLD MEDAL ($7,000)

Merz Trio
New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts

BELOW: The Merz Trio performs I. Allegro energico, from Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor:


Abeo Quartet
The Juilliard School, New York, New York


Dior Quartet
Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana

Jury members in this year's Senior String division include Daniel Phillips, Sabina Thatcher, Michael Reynolds and Marian Hahn.


GOLD MEDAL ($2,300)

Fervida Trio
Fervida Trio. Photo courtesy Young Chamber Musicians.

Fervida Trio
Young Chamber Musicians, Burlingame, California

BELOW: The Fervida Trio plays IV. Finale. Allegro appassionato from Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66, No. 2:


Starling Preparatory String Project, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio


Meraki Quartet
Crowden Music Center, Berkeley, California

Jury members in the Junior String division jury included Rebecca Fischer, Jeffrey Ziegler and Liza Stepanova.

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