Winners announced in the 2021 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

May 17, 2021, 12:56 PM · Congratulations to the winners in the 48th annual Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, in which 60 ensembles from around the world competed virtually last week, May 14-16. Top winners in the strings divisions included the University of Texas at Austin-based Risus Quartet, who are currently living in Seoul, South Korea. They won the Grand Prize Medal ($10,000 award) as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division. The Burlingame, Calif.-based Aveta Trio won the Gold Medal in the Junior String Division.

Here are all the prize winners in the string divisions:


Risus Quartet
The Risus Quartet.

GOLD MEDAL ($3,500 & Double Gold Tour Prize) and GRAND PRIZE ($10,000 award)

Risus Quartet
University of Texas at Austin and Seoul, South Korea

BELOW: The Risus Quartet performs Mendelssohn's String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Mvt. II:


The Galvin Cello Quartet
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

BRONZE MEDAL ($2,000) Tie

Rucheri Trio
Yale School of Music, New Haven, CT; Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA; Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Austria. They are currently living in New Taipai City, Taiwan.

BRONZE MEDAL ($2,000) Tie

Trio Rai
New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

Jury members in this year's Senior String division included violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianist Julio Elizalde, violist Liz Freivogel, and cellist Michael Kannen.


Aveta Trio
The Aveta Trio.

GOLD MEDAL ($2,300)

Aveta Trio
Young Chamber Musicians, Burlingame, CA

BELOW: The Aveta Trio performs Dvorak's Piano Trio in G minor, Mvmt I


Lumière Quartet
Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artists Program, Cleveland, OH


Chasqui Quartet
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras Chamber Music Program, Bethesda, MD

Jury members in the Junior String division included cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, pianist James Howsmon, and violinist Karen Kim.

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

The competition was founded in 1973 by Joseph E. Fischoff and and members of the South Bend (Ind.) Chamber Music Society.

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May 21, 2021 at 03:37 AM · These performances make me miss going to live chamber music concerts!

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