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The American Prize
in Chamber Music Performance, 2014:
The American Prize winner:
ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERS
|Atlanta Chamber Players|
The ACP’s broad repertoire includes traditional masterpieces as well as contemporary classics. ACP also has a long-standing commitment to perform the music of living American composers, premiering almost 125 works to Atlanta audiences, including commissions from Michael Gandolfi, David Amram, Anne LeBaron, Adam Schoenberg, and three works from Pulitzer-Prize-winner John Harbison. To promote new chamber compositions for mixed ensemble, ACP launched “Rapido! A 14-day Composition Contest” in 2009. Rapido has expanded to all 50 states coast to coast, leading to the creation of 1000+ new works by composers of all ages and resulting in premiere performances in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco.
Among judge's comments: "Performances of contemporary pieces are particularly colorful and free; this stands as a wonderful complement to an equally superb ability to interpret musical styles within tonal common-practice music."
Musicians from soundSCAPE
Tony Arnold, Thomas Rosenkranz, Aiyun Huang
St Joseph MO
|Musicians from soundSCAPE|
Among judges' comments: "The collaborative performance is superb, exhibiting balanced sound among all ensemble members, rhythmic precision, and musical expression suitable for the language of the compositions evaluated."
Alyssa Hoffert, Lauren Wasynczuk, Ben Carraher, Li-Chun Hsiao
The name, La'Ventus, derives from the Latin words "Latus," meaning "side" and "Ventus," meaning "wind." La'Ventus Quartet, therefore, means "Wind from four sides." La'Ventus is dedicated to combining classical, contemporary, standard, and new music to create a unique sound and a fresh perspective with the versatility and flexibility inherent in a saxophone quartet.
In addition to performing throughout Connecticut, La’Ventus has presented performances throughout the United States and Italy. As an ensemble, they are committed to the advancement of saxophone quartet repertoire and have commissioned and premiered new works by composers including Matthew Kennedy, Daniel Morel, and Thomas Schuttenhelm.
Among judges' comments: "Musicianship, technical mastery, and collaborative unity are very strong; the ensemble is able to sound as if it operates as one polyphonic instrument much of the time."