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.


Published May 10, 2017
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Aldo Parisot and the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos perform music for cello ensemble

The Yale CellosThe Yale School of music celebrates Professor Aldo Parisot’s fifty years on the faculty with a concert featuring the Yale Cellos on Monday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St, New Haven). In his astonishing career, Aldo Parisot has been a star soloist, renowned chamber player, and perhaps the most beloved cello teacher of his time. The concert will showcase the famed Yale Cellos, founded by Parisot in 1983, whose 20 or so members belong to the select group of international young artists invited to study with him at Yale. Joining the ensemble are pianist Elizabeth Parisot and soprano Hyunah Yu.

The concert is a preview of the ensemble’s performance in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, as part of the Yale in New York series. MORE

Published April 1, 2009
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