[ Alumni Announcement ]

Two 2018 Fellow Ensembles Named Semi-Finalists at M-Prize Competition

March 26, 2018

Two ensembles attending the Festival’s Chamber Music Session this summer, the Vera Quartet and AYA Trio, have been announced as semi-finalists in this year’s prestigiuos M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.

Vera Quartet

Since their formation in in 2015, the Vera Quartet have been named the Winners of the Grand Prize at the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 2017 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and Second Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The Quartet (Justin Goldsmith, Ines Picado Molares, Patricia Quintero, Pedro Rodriguez) has held residency at the Beethovenhaus in Germany, as well as completed their first international tour in South Korea. As Quartet-in-Residence of the Jacobs School of Music New Music Ensemble under David Dzubay, the quartet recently collaborated with world-renowned pipa player Wu Man as part of the China Remixed Festival. The Vera Quartet is also involved in outreach projects in the Bloomington area and beyond; they have recorded pieces for the album Bloomingsongs produced by the Jacobs School of Music’s Musical Beginnings and have partnered with Bloomington’s Musical Arts Youth Organization to teach and coach chamber music to members of their youth orchestra. 

AYA Trio

AYA Trio (Angela Sin Ying Chan, Andres Sanchez, Ying Li) was formed in 2013 and is currently based in Philadelphia, PA pursuing degrees at the the Curtis Institute of Music.

Now in its third year, the M-Prize seeks “to identify and showcase the highest caliber of international chamber arts ensembles.” In addition to distributing over $200,000 of cash prizes the M-Prize provides competition winners with platforms for professional development and performance opportunities. The live round of competition will be held in Ann Arbor, MI from May 3-6 and will be will be live-streamed by Detroit Public Television.