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Yale quartets share first prize in 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition

The Amphion String Quartet and the Linden String Quartet were jointly awarded first place in the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, held at Sprague Hall on Friday, June 11.

The members of the Amphion String Quartet are Yale School of Music alumni Katie Hyun, violin; Mihai Marica, cello; and David Southorn, violin; as well as violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, a DMA candidate at Stony Brook University.

After playing chamber music together in different configurations and different venues over the years, the four musicians of the Amphion Quartet joined together for a performance at Morse Recital Hall at the Yale School of Music in February, 2009. Encouraged by their reception at this venue, the four continued to develop their dynamic as a performing quartet. Despite their short time playing together, the Amphion String Quartet was awarded the First Prize in the piano and strings category as well as the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Plowman Competition. They continue to develop their presence with upcoming engagements in the New York and Connecticut areas. This summer they will attend Music@Menlo as part of the International Program.

As next year's fellowship quartet-in-residence at Yale, the Linden String Quartet will study at the Yale School of Music with the Tokyo String Quartet. The members of the ensemble are Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello.

The Linden String Quartet is the gold medalist and grand prize-winner of the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as well as recipient of the Coleman-Barstow prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition. The quartet has quickly risen to become one the country’s premier young string quartets and will be the Quartet-in-Residence at Yale University studying under the renowned Tokyo Quartet beginning in fall 2010. Formed in the spring of 2008, the Quartet has already been praised for its "remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality…delivered with a palpable, infectious joy". The Linden Quartet is currently the apprentice quartet to the Cavani Quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). Dedicated to community outreach and education, the Quartet is also the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s newly appointed Quartet-in-Residence, a program established to promote the arts of Classical music and quartet playing through a series of educational concerts and presentations in various elementary schools in the Northeastern Ohio area.