Argus Quartet wins Senior Strings division of M-Prize competition

The Argus Quartet, left to right: cellist Jo Whang ’09MM, violist Dana Kelley, violinist Jason Issokson, and violinist Clara Kim

The Argus Quartet, YSM’s fellowship quartet-in-residence, has been named the first place winner in the Senior Strings division of the University of Michigan’s M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. In addition to a cash prize of $20,000, the quartet will return to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for a residency during the 2017-18 academic year.

Now in its second year, the M-Prize seeks “to identify and showcase the highest caliber of international chamber arts ensembles,” according to the competition’s website. In addition to distributing more than $200,000 of cash prizes (an increase from last year) the M-Prize provides competition winners with platforms for professional development and performance opportunities.

This year, 29 applicants were selected to compete as semifinalists for the grand prize in Michigan. The ensembles, which are made up of 112 artists from seven countries, were selected from an pool of more than 100 ensembles representing 41 countries. In addition to increased prize coffers, this year’s competition featured an interview round during which each of the senior division winners (strings, winds, and other) were asked to advocate on behalf of their ensemble’s repertoire and program plan.

Having been praised by the Calgary Herald for its “supreme melodic control and total authority,” the Argus Quartet is quickly gaining a reputation as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles.

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Published May 10, 2017
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Martin Bresnick to present session at Chamber Music America

Martin Bresnick, composer

Martin Bresnick, composer

YSM composition faculty member Martin Bresnick will offer a free session at Chamber Music America on Tuesday, March 1. The session will focus on the composer-ensemble-commissioner relationship, including how to keep fee negotiations fair and amicable, along with advice on responding to commissioning requests, setting pay scales, negotiating creative control, and getting one’s work performed more often.

The session will be held at 3pm on March 1 at Chamber Music America’s offices, located at 12 W 32nd St. in New York City. It will also be available for viewing via CMA’s live stream.

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Published February 24, 2016
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Canata Profana honored by Chamber Music America

Cantata Profana

Cantata Profana

Cantata Profana, the New York-based vocal chamber ensemble founded by YSM alumnus Jacob Ashworth ’13 MM, ’14 MMA, was honored at this year’s Chamber Music America Conference Awards with a prize for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

In addition to Ashworth, the theatrical and versatile ensemble is also home to several other YSM alumni, including Hannah Collins, cello; Arash Noori, guitar; Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet; Lee Dionne, keyboard; Doug Perry, percussion; Annie Rosen, voice; Daniel Schlosberg, piano; and John Taylor Ward, voice, as well as Ethan Heard, a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

Cantata Profana is one of three ensemble and four presenters that have been selected to receive the prestigious award, which will be presented by Cia Toscanini, vice president of concert music for ASCAP, at the Chamber Music America National Conference on Sunday, January 10, 2016. MORE

Published December 15, 2015
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