Where are They Now?

An Update on the Careers of Our Award Winning Finalists

With six memorable competitions to look back on, the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition has seen many talented musicians who have gone on to achieve great things.  Here is a brief recap of their accomplishments:


Our gold medal winners for the first Competition were Exit 9 Percussion Group, with their fresh, unconventional sound incorporating music traditions from around the globe.  They have played in South Korea, The Juilliard School, McCarther Theater, Western Washington University, George Street Playhouse, and Two Rivers Theater, and they are artists in residence at Rutgers University. The ensemble has performed hundreds of clinics in schools and community centers in the greater New York area.


Our first international gold medal winners, the David Trio from Italy, also won First Prize at the International Festival for Chamber Music in Vienna and First Prize at Yellow Springs International Competition. They then toured in South America and Mexico, were resident chamber music professors in Santiago de Compostela, and recorded what is considered one of the best interpretations of Schubert trios for the Altara label. They have recently performed at the Festival “Concertando” in Rome and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.


Silver medal winners, The Attacca Quartet, went on to win the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet from 2011 – 2013, and were recently named the Quartet-in-Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This season is their fifth in a special series called “The 68”, an ambitious project performing all sixty-eight of Haydn’s string quartets. They released their second album in April under the Azica Record label, Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ”. Recently they performed all of John Adams’s works for string quartet in Madrid, soloing with the Spanish National Orchestra under the composer’s direction; toured Ireland and Japan; performed a four-concert run at the Melbourne Festival in Australia; and held residencies at the Virginia Arts Festival and Bravo! Vail Music Festival.


2010 was a very big year for Red Line Saxophone Quartet, who in addition to winning our Gold Medal, also won first prize at the 2010 Plowman Chamber Competition and first prize at the NASA Sax Quartet Competition. They toured Asia for a month with appearances at the World Sax Congress in Thailand, and several venues in China and Hong Kong.

Silver Medalists, The Harlem Quartet, recently completed the Professional String Quartet Residency Program at New England Conservatory and participated in NEC’s string quartet exchange program in Paris. Their fourth CD, featuring works of Mozart and Schubert, was released in 2013. They have collaborated with many distinguished performers, including Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kevalian, Misha Dichter (with whom they made their Kennedy Center debut in 2013), and jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Their recording with Corea and Burton, “Mozart Goes Dancing”, won a Grammy Award in 2013 for Best Instrumental Composition.


Gold Medalists, The Calidore String Quartet, went on to win several grand prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, and Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competitions. In 2012, they captured top prizes at the ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and the Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition.  In 2014, they performed at Lincoln Center, Shriver Hall (Baltimore), Phillips Collection (Washington DC) and the National Arts Center (Ottawa). They are currently the Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University, and were appointed to the prestigious roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2016 – 2019 seasons. A highlight of their 2015 – 2016 season includes their debut at Carnegie Hall.

Our Silver Medalists and Audience Choice Award winners, Russian Trio, went on to win at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in 2013. They toured throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, France, Spain, Norway, Mexico and Poland.  Sadly, cellist Dmitry Volkov died in May at age 26.


Gold Medalists, The Wasmuth String Quartet (now known as the Verona Quartet), won the grand prize at the 2014 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the Kuttner String Quartet Competition in Bloomington, IN, a silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Compeition, and a bronze at the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. In 2015 they were winners of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and were quartet-in-residence at the Abu Dhabi Chamber Music Festival. They have appeared at the Kennedy Center, “Music in the Loft” in Chicago, and were the string  quartet-in-residence at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. They were the graduate string quartet-in-residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and now hold the same distinction at The Juilliard School, which will host the quartet’s Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall.

Silver Medalists, The Kenari Quartet, have earned top prizes at the Fischoff, J.C. Arriaga, Plowman, and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions. They study under world-renowned saxophonist Dr. Otis Murphy at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.


Thanks to Bob Burger and Susan Koh for preparing this information.