I am very proud of my kids - their piano trio made it to the semifinals of the Fischoff this year (junior strings). My son's a senior so it's his last year to do this with his sister. It was quite competitive this year...I picked the first and second place winners (reversed), and after that there were just a lot of good groups. There was even an all-family group of very cute little kids (like 8 and 11) playing a very credible Brahms quartet that reminded me of a Two Set competition video :-).
Another piano group in my kids' organization has two seniors this year, so we'll be combining these two groups to form a string quartet of players who already know each other well...will be getting a wonderfully good violist from the other group which can be tough to find in high school, so we are looking forward to trying again next year, hopefully in person.
You sure are right to be proud Stan. Keep us posted on the progress!
A big congratulations to your kids, what a fantastic achievement! I enjoyed watching the entries this year.
That is definitely something to be proud of, especially this year! My son's program had three quartets make the quarters and two in the semis. A lot of groups, including my son's, did not even enter this year -- their 2nd violinist's family got COVID and they couldn't get together at all for nearly a month, missing the time when recordings needed to be done.
Thanks everyone :-). Susan I have to admit I am a bit envious of the performance space your program has...super nice acoustics for chamber music. Even without a pandemic, getting a good space here is difficult, and we were so fortunate that a church where the kids did some master classes over the years let us record, but stone and brick and a huge reverberant space are maybe a little better for solo Bach.
Stan -- our performance space is an old converted Church of Christ Scientist. Its acoustics are amazing, though they have altered it slightly to tone down the liveliness. But even more amazing is our recording engineer. He has literally a million dollars of equipment and exclusively records classical music. He's also great at working with the kids. And charges us half what any other recording engineer would.
Thanks for the post and congratulations on your kids' successes. There's a family in my town with a "built-in piano trio," and the boys are identical triplets -- they're so adorable. I would guess they're in the age range to start competing in this kind of thing, so I will mention this opportunity to the violin teacher as the boys are also very talented and, because they compete with one another for advancement (some would say "as boys do"), they are also very driven.
Haha now I am even more envious Susan - great space AND professional recording :-). It was good to see that the review committee did not seem too biased against Dad recordings...there was everything from cell phone videos to professional videos in the submissions.
Your recordings sound great! Don't underestimate yourself! What kind of mics do you use?