Winners announced in the 2020 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

May 14, 2020, 2:41 PM · Congratulations to the winners in the 47th annual Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, in which 48 ensembles from around the world competed virtually last week, May 7-9. Top winners in the strings division included the Rice University Shepherd School of Music-based Balourdet String Quartet and the Andover, Mass.-based Phillips Trio.

Here are all the prize winners in the string divisions:


Balourdet String Quartet
The Balourdet String Quartet.

GOLD MEDAL ($3,500 & $3,500 Winners Tour Prize)

Balourdet String Quartet
Rice University, Shepherd School of Music, Houston, Texas

BELOW: The Balourdet String Quartet performs:


TrĂ­o Rouge
University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music, Austin, Texas


Quantum Clarinet Trio
Paris, France

Jury members in this year's Senior String division included violist Daniel Avshalomov, cellist Norman Fischer, violinist Ani Kavafian and pianist Seth Knopp.


Phillips Trio
The Phillips Trio, of Andover, Mass.

GOLD MEDAL ($2,300)

Phillips Trio
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

BELOW: the Phillips Trio:


Dasani String Quartet
The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, Illinois


Arcturus Trio
Young Chamber Musicians, San Francisco, California

Jury members in the Junior String division included cellist Anthony Arnone, pianist Elinor Freer, and violinist Rebecca McFaul.

Kenneth Geoffroy Memorial Prize ($700)
To encourage the participation of local chamber music ensembles in the Fischoff Competition, a special prize is awarded to the highest ranking junior ensemble from the Michiana region (60 mile radius of South Bend).

Dunamis Quartet
Penn High School, Mishawaka, Indiana

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