Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Fischoff Competition

NOTRE DAME, IN (May 12, 2013) - Out of 48 competing ensembles from across the nation and around the world, the Omer Quartet has won the coveted Grand Prize of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition ($7,500.00) and the Gold Medal ($3,500.00) in the Senior String Division. The Project Fusion captured the Gold Medal ($3,500.00) in the Senior Wind Division. In addition to prize money, both ensembles will participate in a Winner's Tour of the Midwestern United States this fall, and the Omer Quartet will perform several concerts in the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy in 2014. Omer Quartet members Mason Yu (violin), Erica Tursi (violin), Joseph Locicero (viola) and Alexander Cox (cello) currently study at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. Project Fusion members Dannel Espinoza (soprano saxophone), Matt Amedio (alto saxophone), Michael Sawzin (tenor saxophone) and Matt Evans (baritone saxophone), currently study at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. 

In the Senior Wind Division, the Silver Medal ($3,000) was awarded to the Kenari Quartet of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Members include Robert Eason (soprano saxophone), Durand Jones (alto saxophone), Corey Dundee (tenor saxophone) and Steven Banks (baritone saxophone). The Senior Wind Division Bronze Medal ($2,000) was awarded to the The Midic Winds, who currently study at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. Ensemble members include Johanna Gruskin (flute), June Kim (oboe), Rebecca Tobin (clarinet), Russell Rybicki (horn) and Quinn Delaney (bassoon).


The Senior String Division Silver Medal ($3,000) went to the Wasmuth String Quartet, whose members Brendan Shea (violin), Jonathan Ong (violin), Abigail Rojansky (viola) and Warren Hagerty (cello) study at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The Senior String Division Barbara Shields Byrum Bronze Medal ($2,000) went to the Trio Concorde of the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. Members include Zenas Hsu (violin), Yina Tong (cello), and Livan (piano).

In the Junior Division (for musicians eighteen and under), the First Place Medal and Scholarship of $2,300 was won by the Quartet Lumiére of The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Illinois. Members include Rebecca Benjamin (violin), Gallia Kastner (violin), Mira Williams (viola) and Josiah Yoo (cello). The Second Place Medal and Scholarship of $1,800 was won by the Mazel Trio of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan. Members include Dylan Naroff (violin), Daniel Blumhard (cello) and Ariela Bohrod (piano). The Third Place Medal and Scholarship ($1,300) went to the Quartet Morina of Midwest Young Artists, Highwood, Illinois. Members include Rachel Stenzel (violin), Genevieve Smelser (violin), Aidan Perreault (viola) and Chris Gao (cello).