The New York-based Aizuri Quartet has been awarded the US $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Music Competition – in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.
Comprising violinists Ariana Kim and Miho Saegusa, violist Ayane Kozasa and cellist Karen Ouzounian, the ensemble will receive US $100,000 – plus management on the Concert Artists Guild roster, a number of important performance opportunities plus a recording with Azica Records label.
AIZURI QUARTET | 2018 M-PRIZE CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION | GRAND PRIZE
2nd and 3rd prizes in the Senior Strings category were awarded to the VC Artists Verona Quartet and the Vera Quartet.
Currently the String Quartet-in-Residence at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Aizuri Quartet is a former major prize-winner at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.
The Chicago-based Kairos Quartet was awarded the US $5,000 1st prize in the Junior Strings category.
Open to ensembles of between 2 and 10 members, this year's string jury comprised: Andrew Jennings, Joseph Kalichstein, Yeesun Kim, Chi-chi Nwanoku and Masumi Per Rostad.
Previous 1st prize winners include VC Artists Calidore String Quartet - and the Moscow-based fusion quartet Russian Renaissance.