Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE WINNER, runners-up, citation, 2015

The American Prize is honored to announce the winner, runners-up and citation recipient of The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2015. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.  

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The American Prize 
in Chamber Music Performance, 2015:
The American Prize winner:
Baltimore, MD

The New Consort
Founded in 2014, The New Consort, a project-based, solo-voice ensemble directed by baritone Brian Mummert, has quickly made embracing stylistic contrasts one of its hallmarks. Musical variety is an integral part of the ensemble's identity: from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary & non-classical works, nothing is off-limits. Members of The New Consort have appeared as soloists with Apollo's Fire, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in venues including Washington's Kennedy Center and New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and in ensembles ranging from the Choirs of Trinity Wall Street and the National Cathedral to the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Chanticleer, but relish the opportunity that The New Consort presents to collaborate as chamber musicians. Visit us at www.newconsort.org for more information.

On accepting The American Prize: "Wow, this is so exciting - thank you so much!!!" 

Among judges' comments: "excellent, and shaping of long lines well done; heartfelt and beautiful"

2nd PLACE:
Denver, CO

Ivy Street Ensemble
Having played together since 2001, the Ivy Street Ensemble is based in Denver, Colorado.  They have performed throughout Colorado and can often be heard in Oregon as part of the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival.  Winners of a grant from Chamber Music America, ISE premiered a commissioned piece by Kenji Bunch in June 2013.  Classical music lovers in Denver can hear them frequently broadcast on Colorado Public Radio.  In 2008 they were finalists in the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition. Comprised of three Colorado Symphony musicians, Cathy Peterson, Erik Peterson, and Phillip Stevens, the ensemble presents a diverse array of classical chamber works from the baroque era to 21st century compositions.

In addition to traditional concerts, Ivy Street Ensemble regularly performs at elementary schools in the Denver region.  Strong advocates for contemporary music for flute, violin, and viola, the Ivy Street Ensemble also advocates for the education of young audiences.

Among judges' comments:  "their playing is very visual, sounding so well that one can close his/her eyes and imagine the playing. Pacing perfect."

3rd PLACE:
Boston, MA

Duo Davvero
Violinist Hyun Jung Kim and pianist Chung Claire Lim are frequent collaborators and established a group in 2014 named Duo Davvero. Both accomplished young musicians, Ms. Kim was a top prizewinner of the 6th Moscow International Competition and Ms. Lim was a winner of the Japan Chopin Piano Competition.

Most recently, they have been awarded the 3rd Prize at the 2014 Sion International Duo Competition, “Feast of Duos”in Switzerland. Directed by Pavel Vernikov, the competition, for the first time in its fifty-year history, was expanded to include a duo competition. While participating in Sion, Duo Davero also performed with the Orchestra de Chambre de Lithuanie in Sion, Switzerland as soloists in the Mendelssohn Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra conducted by Aleksey Igudesman. Also in 2014, Duo Daverro was invited to participate in the Académie de Musique Lausanne Violin-Piano Duo Masterclass by Robert Levin and Maestro Pierre Amoyal in Lausanne, Switzerland. During their time in Lausanne, Duo Daverrowas awarded a Best Duo Performance Prize and gave a broadcast performance on Suisse-Espace 2, a radio television station based in Switzerland. The duo was featured in the October 2014 Korean issue of the Strad and String and Bow magazines.

Both Ms. Kim and Ms. Lim received their Bachelor’s degrees from Seoul National University and continued to earn their Master’s degrees from New England Conservatory. Currently, they are Doctoral Candidates at Boston University School of Music. Ms. Kim is a student of Donald Weilerstein, Pinchas Zukerman and BaylaKeyes, and Ms. Lim is a student of Vivian Weilerstein, Bruce Brubaker and Shiela Kibbe. website: www.duodavvero.com

Among judges' comments: "ravishing colors and phrasing"

Indian Springs, AL

Mira Walker & Sebastian Black
Mira Walker, 17, is a junior at Indian Springs School in Indian Springs, Ala. She has studied piano for 11 years.  Mira is the winner of the 2013 Alabama Federation of Music Clubs Junior Piano Competition.  She placed 2nd in the Zelpha Wells Regional Piano Competition at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2014. She studies with Tatiana Kasman and Yakov Kasman of Birmingham. Sebastian Black, 17, a senior at Indian Springs School, began studying piano with Tatiana Kasman at age 6. He made his orchestral debut in 2011 with the National Academic Honored Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine as part of the Summer Music Academy in Kiev. In 2014, he won 1st place at the Lois Pickard Concerto Competition (Alabama Symphony Orchestra) and attended Curtis Summerfest. Their piano ensemble began in 2014. In January 2015, they represented Alabama in the MTNA 2015 Southern Division Competition, Senior Piano Duet Category.


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