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Saturday, March 29, 2014 | Ensemble Performing

1:00 PM Introduction
1:15 PM Kenari Saxophone Quartet
2:30 PM Wasmuth String Quartet
3:45 PM Aizuri Quartet
4:45 to 6:45 PM Intermission
6:45 PM Trio Kanon
8:00 PM Trio Cleonice
9:00 to 10:00 PM Reception and announcement of winners
Sunday, March 30, 2014 Public Concerts

1:00 PM Kenari Saxophone Quartet
Temple B’nai Israel
101 West Earle Street, Easton
Admission free. Reservations suggested.

2:00 PM Wasmuth String Quartet
Church of the Holy Trinity Parish House
502 South Morris Street, Oxford
Admission free.

3:00 PM Trio Cleonice
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
100 Peachblossom Road, Easton
Admission free.

4:00 PM Trio Kanon
Christ Episcopal Church
601 Church Street, Cambridge
Admission $10. Students free. Reception following the concert

4:00 PM Aizuri Quartet
Private concert

Winner of the Gold Medal Prize of $10,000 is the Wasmuth String Quartet

The Silver Medal Prize of $5,000 is awarded to the Kenari Saxophone Quartet

The Audience Appreciation Award goes to the Wasmuth String Quartet

Congratulations to our winners and to the other superb finalists in this year’s competition! The Competition is designed to provide new performance opportunities, financial rewards, and musical credentials to aspiring musicians.


Aizuri Quartet


aizuriCurtis Institute and Juilliard School, United States

Members of the Aizuri Quartet, which derived its name from “aizuri-e,” the Japanese art of indigo woodblock printing, studied together at The Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Individual members of the quartet have won prizes in such competitions as The Primrose International Viola Competition and the Astral Artists National Auditions. The quartet gave its debut performance in 2013 in the Tertulia Chamber Music series in New York City.

(Pictured left to right)
• Karen Ouzounian, Cello
• Zoë Martin-Doike, Violin
• Ayane Kozasa, Viola
• Miho Saegusa, Violin

Trio Cleonice

Trio Cleonice [website]

CleoniceNew England Conservatory of Music Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Trio Cleonice has been delighting audiences across the country with their innovative programs, including performances at Jordan Hall in Boston and a debut at the Kennedy Center as a part of the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project. The group has held the prestigious Graduate Piano Trio residency at the New England Conservatory since the fall of 2011, and will be the first group to hold this position for a third year.

(Pictured left to right)
• Gwen Krosnick, Cello
• Emely Phelps, Piano
• Ari Isaacman-Beck, Violin

Trio Kanon

Trio Kanon [website]
KanonInternational Chamber Music Academy Duino, Italy

Trio Kanon arose from the friendship between three musicians of different origins, building their repertoire under the guidance of the Trio di Parma at the Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music School in Duino, Italy. The trio has performed throughout Italy and abroad. Members of the Trio Kanon received awards in national and international competitions.

(Pictured left to right)
• Lena Yokoyama, Violin
• Diego Maccagnola, Piano
• Alessandro Copia, Cello

Kenari Saxophone Quartet

Kenari Saxophone Quartet [news]

kenariJacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Members of the Kenari Saxophone Quartet perform and study at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Dr. Otis Murphy. The members’ individual accomplishments include a Silver Medal in the Senior Winds division at the 2011 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, a performance at Carnegie Hall, and recognition from ASCAP and the Tribecca New Music ensemble.

(Pictured left to right)
• Robert Eason, Soprano saxophone
• Durand Jones, Alto saxophone
• Corey Dundee, Tenor saxophone
• Steven Banks, Baritone saxophone

Wasmuth String Quartet

Wasmuth String Quartet [website]

wasmuthJacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Since it formed in 2012 at Indiana University, the Wasmuth String Quartet has had a residency at the Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany. The quartet won a silver medal at the 2013 Fischoff National Competition and is currently the student quartet in residence at Indiana University.

(Pictured left to right)
• Jonathan Ong, Violin
• Abigail Rojansky, Viola
• Brendan Shea, Violin
• Warren Hagerty, Cello

Information about Attending the Competition


The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition is a competition for young prossional chamber music ensembles. Begun in 2004, it has rapidly grown to become a notable international event. Recent Competitions have drawn applicants from the United States, Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The Competition is sponsored by Chesapeake Chamber Music Inc., a non-profit organization that, for twenty-nine years, has brought outstanding music to the Delmarva Peninsula.

From its inception, the Competition has benefited from the assistance of an Advisory Panel of outstanding musicians and educators. The jurors have included luminaries such as Ida Kavafian, David Krakauer, Marcy Rosen, Diane Walsh, Tara Helen O’Connor, Christopher Millard, Pamela Frank and others drawn from leading conservatories and orchestras, as well as from ensembles such as the Orion, Mendelssohn and Los Angeles Quartets and performance venues such as Marlboro and Lincoln Center.

Based on audition CDs, the jurors will select a maximum of six Finalists to compete in concert performances on March 29, 2014 at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland. We celebrate each Finalist the following day in individual concerts at other local venues. The Gold Medalist will be further honored with additional concerts including an appearance at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in June. Presenting organizations will attend the Competition to consider all Finalists for other future engagements, and our past experience indicates that new concerts will follow.


The Gold Medalist will be awarded the sum of $10,000 and the Silver Medalist the sum of $5,000. Additional cash prizes may also be offered. The Gold Medalist will also receive a concert appearance at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival on June 13, 2014. Other concert appearances (with additional stipends) may also be awarded for June 12, 14, and 15, 2014.