The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association is delighted to announce that Akropolis Reed Quintet has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in both chamber music performance and outreach education.
As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Akropolis will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region during the spring of 2015 as part of Fischoff's award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency.
Described by Fanfare Magazine as playing with "imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality," the Akropolis Reed Quintet is a cutting edge ensemble that performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision. Akropolis won the 2014 Fischoff Competition's Senior Wind Division Gold Medal. They were also grand prize winners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the 2011 MTNA Competition. For the 12/13 season Akropolis was the Ensemble-in-Residence with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, one of the United States' premiere chamber music presenters, and was invited to be a Shouse Institute ensemble for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.
Read more at: http://www.fischoff.org/news/akropolis-reed-quintet-wins-fischoffs-2015-educator-award/
2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition recently held its Finals this past weekend, and the result highlighted TWO Plowman Laureates!! Our heartfelt congratulations to Gold Medal Winner of Senior Wind Division to Akropolis Reed Quintet (Plowman 2011; previously they won Silver Medal in Fischoff 2012 Senior Wind Division), AND Silver Medal Winner of Senior String Division to Altius Quartet (Plowman 2013).
Kenari Quartet, who won the 2013 Plowman First Prize in Winds, Brass & Percussion, has just recently won the First Place at the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Competition in California! Quoting their Facebook page post, "We're extremely excited to have won the Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds or Brass of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition!" The prize is worth $4000. You can follow their activities via Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/kenariquartet, and you can also HEAR them on SoundCloud, https://soundcloud.com/kenari-quartet
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the most exciting national chamber music event in the Midwest, in a friendly and eclectic collegiate town of Columbia, Missouri!
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - Semi-Finals
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - Finals
As contestants, you will be asked to come into town Friday afternoon for an evening commencement. As finalists, you are required to be available all day Sunday. The schedule will remain similar to the one in 2013.
Laureates - Thank you for visiting! I will be in touch with you this Fall to follow-up on your post-competition achievements. In the meantime, please feel free to send me your news, and I will do the best I can to post your upcoming events on this web page.
Thank you for your interest in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition!
We are biennial competition, and our next event will be held in 2015. We look forward to receiving your application and inquiries then!
Congratulations on your new web site, Altius Quartet (Plowman 2013)!
ORAVA STRING QUARTET advances to compete at the 2013 Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition in Australia!
Revisit the world class saxophone quartet at its new web site: ProjectFusionSQ.com
Congratulations to PROJECT FUSION and KENARI QUARTET for their success at Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition!
Out of 48 competing ensembles from across the nation and around the world, the Omer Quartet has won the coveted Grand Prize of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition ($7,500.00) and the Gold Medal ($3,500.00) in the Senior String Division. The Project Fusion captured the Gold Medal ($3,500.00) in the Senior Wind Division. In addition to prize money, both ensembles will participate in a Winner's Tour of the Midwestern United States this fall, and the Omer Quartet will perform several concerts in the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy in 2014. Omer Quartet members Mason Yu (violin), Erica Tursi (violin), Joseph Locicero (viola) and Alexander Cox (cello) currently study at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. Project Fusion members Dannel Espinoza (soprano saxophone), Matt Amedio (alto saxophone), Michael Sawzin (tenor saxophone) and Matt Evans (baritone saxophone), currently study at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York.
Just published in CMA:
"Juilliard has named the 2013 Fischoff Educators Award-winning Aeolus Quartet its new graduate resident quartet. Members of the quartet will teach during Juilliard’s 2013-2014 academic year and perform the annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital during the 2013-14 season."
Ayako Tsuruta, Artistic Director