2017 SPSQC Competition Results
Gold Medalists -
Astera String Quartet
Silver Medalists -
Vieira String Quartet
Bronze Medalists -
Haydn Prize -
Vieira String Quartet
The Suavé Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) in Worthington, Ohio and consists of violinists Allison Smith (junior) and Adryán Rojas (sophomore), cellist Jinyoung Kwon (senior), and violist Jonah Tugaoen (junior). Suavé was 1 of 5 finalists at the 4th Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin Texas this past March. The quartet will be heading to South Bend in May to compete in the quarter-finals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Members of the Suavé Quartet have also participated in competitions such as the Ohio String Teachers Association, Discover National, and the Coltman National Chamber Music Competitions. The violinists, Adryán and Allison, participated in the inaugural season of Encore Chamber Music’s summer string quartet intensive. Together, the Suavé Quartet has worked with Jeffrey Irvine, David Nesmith, Kyle Price and Stephanie Price-Wong of the KASA String Quartet, and artistic director of CMC, Deborah Price. Additionally through CMC, members of the group have worked side-by-side with the Calidore, Cavani, Dover, Jupiter and Doric Quartets.
The DAJJ Quartet formed in Fall 2015 at the Chamber Music Connection (CMC), a not- for-profit chamber music organization led by artistic director Deborah Price based in Worthington, Ohio. The DAJJ Quartet consists of Daniel Tai (14) and Anna Linder (13), violins, Jackson Tomsic (16), cello, and Julian Tugaoen (14), viola. The name DAJJ arises by combining the first letters of each member’s first name. The DAJJ Quartet has had the opportunity to work with many guest artists at CMC including Jinjoo Cho, Neave Trio, Dmitry Kouzov, Calidore, Dover, Formosa, Cavani, KASA, and Doric String Quartets. They have performed in side-by-side residencies at CMC with the Neave Trio, Dover, Calidore, KASA, and Doric Quartets. The DAJJ Quartet recently received 1st Prize (Piano and String open division) and the Overall Grand Prize (open division) at 2017 Discover National Chamber Music Competition. DAJJ also received an Honorable Mention at the 2017 Ohio String Teachers Association Chamber Music Competition and was 1 of 5 finalists at the 4th Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin, Texas this past March.
The Kartoshka Quartet was first formed in September of 2016 under the direction of quartet coach Desiree Ruhstrat and Midwest Young Artists. The quartet is focused out of Highland Park in Illinois, though the quartet members come from a variety of Chicago suburbs. From an early point, the quartet began taking opportunities to play in performance classes and develop their capabilities as a unified group. The quartet has also participated in community outreach events where classical music was introduced to elementary school children in nearby schools through the Ravinia Festival. Earlier this year, the group participated in a masterclass with Shmuel Ashkenasi from the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition, next month the Kartoshka Quartet will be performing in the quarter finals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has provided a resoundingly positive and irreplaceable experience for its members, and chamber music has challenged and extended the musical skills of the Kartoshka players.
ASTERA STRING QUARTET
The Astera String Quartet is comprised of Hannah White and Ria Honda, violins; Kayla Cabrera, viola; and Annamarie Wellems, cello. All four are merit scholarship recipients and Fellows at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, a pre-college training program for highly gifted musicians. The quartet is coached by Roland Vamos and Sang Mee Lee. The award-winning Astera String Quartet recently received First Place at the 2017 ENKOR International Chamber Competition. In addition, they have recently been invited to participate at the 2017 M-Prize International Chamber Competition and 2017 Fischoff Competition. The quartet members individually have earned top prizes at local, regional, national and international competitions and have participated at numerous college residencies, music events and national and international festivals and have appeared in String Magazine, Strad Magazine, Al Jazeera Magazine, Bein and Fushi Magazine, ABC-7, WFMT, WCLV, WVIZ, Ideastream, NPR’s From the Top, and the Violin Channel. Astera String Quartet is unique in that it unites these talented young musicians from varied cultures and places. Hannah, 17, lives in Germantown, WI and is African American and Vietnamese; From Japan, Ria, 16, is Japanese and currently lives in Wilmette, IL; Kayla, 18, lives in Crete, IL and is of Cuban and German descent; Annamarie, 18, lives in Lincolnshire, IL, and has a complex German and Polish heritage. Their varied cultures embody the shining essence of the United States of American. Astera is Latin for “like a Star”.
VIEIRA STRING QUARTET
Vieira Quartet is comprised of violinists, Maya Anjali Buchanan (17) and Karisa Chiu (17), violist, Steven Song (18) and cellist, Nathan Mo (18). All four students are Fellow scholarship recipients at he Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre-college training program for gifted musicians. Maya and Karisa study with Almita Vamos, Steven with Geraldo Ribeiro and Nathan with Hans Jorgen Jensen. In addition to their individual achievements, they are enthusiastic chamber musicians. Vieira was awarded first prize at the 2017 Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition and will be competing as a semi-finalist in the 2017 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition, A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Competition, and as finalists in the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition. The quartet is coached by and named in honor of violinist, Rodolfo Vieira, the founding member of the Botelho Vieira Piano Quartet and string faculty at MIC Academy. Portrayed in Botticelli’s most famous painting The Birth of Venus, “Vieira” represents the seashell on which Venus, goddess of Love, emerges from the sea and is of Spanish/Portuguese origin.
GENEVA STRING QUARTET
The Geneva String Quartet was founded in the fall of 2016 at the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) in Worthington, OH. Coaches include Artistic Director, Deborah Price; Assistant Artistic Director, Stephanie Price-Wong and a team of CMC’s associated faculty. Through CMC, Geneva has performed in masterclasses for the KASA, Formosa, Telegraph, and Doric String Quartets as well as for Jeffrey Irvine and Richard Marshall. They recently won 1st Prize at the Ohio String Teachers’ Association Biennial Chamber Music Competition in January, and 1st Prize in the 4th Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin, Texas this past March. The group’s name comes from their plans to travel to Geneva, Switzerland with CMC in the summer of 2017. The Geneva members, Daniel Wu (16), Kelly Gembara (17), Lizzy Macintosh (17), and Isaiah Wu (16), will travel to Switzerland to participate in the CMC Study & Performance Abroad Program with members of the Caroga Lake Music Festival (NY).