Two ensembles from the Yale School of Music won accolades in the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Ind. The Jasper String Quartet (J Freivogel, violin; Sae Niwa, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello) won the silver medal in the senior string division, and the Lorien Trio (Nicholas DiEugenio, violin; Ashley Bathgate, cello; and Ilya Poletaev, piano) won the bronze. The Grand Prize winner, the Linden String Quartet of the Cleveland Institute of Music, enjoys a Yale connection as well: the quartet will study at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival this summer.
The Jasper Quartet is the 2008-09 Fellowship Quartet in Residence at Yale, where they study with the Tokyo String Quartet. The Lorien Trio is a mix of alumni (Bathgate and Poletaev) and current students (DiEugenio). "We are all excited and proud to represent Yale on the national scene," said DiEugenio.
The Fischoff Competition is the world's largest chamber music competition. In 2009, ensembles representing 14 nationalities competed in five rounds of competition over three days.