Yale ensembles win silver, bronze medals in Fischoff Competition

jasper_quartetTwo 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.

Published May 11, 2009
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Award-winning Jasper Quartet performs Mozart, Bartók, Schumann

jasper_v_email1The Yale School of Music presents a recital by the Jasper String Quartet, the fellowship quartet-in-residence, at 8:00 pm on Monday, March 2 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall.  The program ranges from Mozart to Bartók, with Mozart’s “Dissonance” Quartet in C major, K. 465; Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3; and Schumann’s String Quartet in A major, Op. 41, no. 3. Fresh from winning four of chamber music’s most prestigious prizes, the Jasper String Quartet is currently studying at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of the Tokyo String Quartet. The ensemble – J Freivogel and Sae Niwa, violins; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello – has garnered praise for the “tight ensemble, choreographed playing and driving energy in their performance” (Yellow Spring News).

Admission to the recital is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.

Formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2003, the Jasper String Quartet recently completed graduate work at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Its members are now enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at the Yale School of Music. At Yale, they serve as graduate quartet-in-residence, a position they held for two years at Rice. In 2008, the Jasper String Quartet won the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Place at the Yellow Springs Competition, and the Silver Medal at the Fischoff Competition. Festivals include the Aspen Music Festival’s Advanced String Quartet Program, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Emerson International String Quartet Workshop. They have appeared at the Kennedy Center, Harris Hall (Aspen, Colo.), Vigeland Museum (Oslo, Norway), Lake Louise (Canada), and on the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music and Santa Fe Pro Musica Series. The Jasper String Quartet’s members hold degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College, Rice University, and the New England Conservatory. At Rice, they were mentored by James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith. The quartet is named for Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. For more info, visit www.jasperquartet.com.

Published February 12, 2009
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