Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Announces Quarterfinalists

The 2022 edition of the competition will take place between May 20 and May 22 in Notre Dame, Indiana

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In 1973, Joseph Fischoff and the members of the South Bend Chamber Music Society hosted a chamber music competition with six participating ensembles. 49 years later, on average 125 ensembles compete, representing 31 different states and 23 nationalities.

The annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition's Junior Division is open to those 18 and under as of May 22, 2022, while the Senior Division is open to those 35 or under as of the same date. The senior ensemble's average age must be less than 31 years old. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $10,000.

The Violin Channel recently discussed the upcoming competition with its executive director, Kara Kane.

This year, the Fischoff Competition announced the "Lift Every Voice Prize" which aims "to amplify and celebrate outstanding works by historically underrepresented voices within the chamber music world." This inaugural prize will focus on works by Black and/or Hispanic/Latino/a composers. This year's prize jury is comprised of Michael Cameron, Jeff Scott, and Julio Elizalde.

The Senior String Division jury is comprised of Norman Fischer, Nelson Lee, Cecile Licad, and Joanna Mendoza.

The Senior Wind Division jury is comprised of Monica Ellis, Jeff Nelsen, Michael Powell, and Debra Richtmeyer.

The Junior String Division jury is comprised of Anthony Arnone, Elinor Freer, and Rebecca McFaul.

The Junior Wind Division jury is comprised of Michele Gingras, Raquel Samayoa, and Nancy Stagnitta.

The quarterfinalists are as follows:

Senior String Category:

  • Kyklos Quartet, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH, USA
  • NOVO Quartet, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Onia Quartet, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN, USA
  • Ivalas Quartet, CU Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA
  • Pelia Quartet, Stony Brook University, New York, NY, USA
  • Elless Quartet, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Terra String Quartet, Residency at Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Greenville, NC, USA
  • Trio Matisse, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Monterey Piano Trio, USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Kodak Quartet, Montclair State University, New York, NY, USA
  • Vatra Quartet, Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Trio Ondata, Yale School of Music, New Haven, CT, USA

 

Junior String Category:

  • Olive Trio, Colburn School Music Academy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Hyacinth Quartet, Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL
  • Dajj Quartet, Chamber Music Connection, Worthington, OH
  • Selene Quartet, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena, CA
  • Sycamore Trio, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Players, Atlanta, GA
  • Peresson String Quartet, The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL
  • Giovane Quartet, Colburn School for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sempre Piano Trio, Junior Chamber Music, Irvine, Orange County, CA
  • Sequoia Quartet, VSO School of Music, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Quartet Capet, Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Highwood, IL
  • WCPE Quartet, North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, Raleigh, NC
  • Hermes Piano Trio, The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL
  • NTH Trio, Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stars Aligned Siblings, Pre-College Division of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA
  • Aster Trio, New Music School, Chicago, IL
  • Blue Ridge Piano Trio, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
  • The Beach Quintet, The Hausmann Chamber Music Program, San Diego, CA
  • Musa Quartet, Blair Academy, Nashville, TN
  • Omaggio String Quartet, Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL
  • Rivers Quintet, Rivers School Conservatory, Weston, MA

 

Senior Wind Category:

  • Sound Session, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
  • Kodan Quintet, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
  • Mixed Media, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • Sequoia Reed Quintet, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, USA
  • Sonarsix Sextet, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Flora Quartet, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • Soma Quartet, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN, US
  • Conflux, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
  • Uptown Winds, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, USA
  • Clap7, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
  • Epoch Saxophone Quartet, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
  • Corvus Quartet, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA

 

Junior Wind Category:

  • Sukino Quartet, Crestview Senior High School, Crestview, FL
  • Kesshō Quartet, Chamber Music Connection, Worthington, OH
  • Tango Quartet, Grand Oaks High School, Conroe ISD, Conroe, TX
  • Incendio Saxophone Trio, Victor J. Andrew High School and Carl Sandburg High School, Tinley Park, IL
  • Dali Quartet, Timber Creek High School, Keller, TX
  • BingYi Saxophone Quartet, Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA
  • The Bone Rangers, Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL
  • Kruspe Quintet, Webster University Community Music School Preparatory Program, St. Louis, MO
  • Plexus Quartet, Hebron High School, Carrollton, TX
  • Khimera Quartet, James Bowie High School, Austin, TX
  • Quid Nunc Saxophone Quartet, Ronald Reagan High School, San Antonio, TX