The five competition finalists — the Aizuri Quartet, Trio Kanon, the Kenari Quartet, Trio Cleonice and the Wasmuth String Quartet — were selected from 54 applicants. Applications were received from Canada, France, Italy, Germany and the United States. The finalists will compete for the Gold Medal prize of $10,000 and the Silver Medal prize of $5,000.
The Wasmuth String Quartet (in residence at Indiana University) were the recipients of the Gold Medal Prize. The Gold Medal winner will be honored further with additional concerts, including a featured appearance during the 2014 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.
The average age of an ensemble in the Chamber Music Competition, which is sponsored biennially by Chesapeake Chamber Music, must be under 31.
A preliminary judges’ panel of eight musicians headed by Marcy Rosen, artistic director of Chesapeake Chamber Music, pared the field of 54 down to five finalists in a blind review of applicant CD submissions.
The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition is a competition for young professional chamber music ensembles. Begun in 2004, it has rapidly grown to become a notable international event. Recent Competitions have drawn applicants from the United States, Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The Competition is sponsored by Chesapeake Chamber Music Inc., a non-profit organization that, for twenty-nine years, has brought outstanding music to the Delmarva Peninsula.
From its inception, the Competition has benefited from the assistance of an Advisory Panel of outstanding musicians and educators. The jurors have included luminaries such as Ida Kavafian, David Krakauer, Marcy Rosen, Diane Walsh, Tara Helen O'Connor, Christopher Millard, Pamela Frank and others drawn from leading conservatories and orchestras, as well as from ensembles such as the Orion, Mendelssohn and Los Angeles Quartets and performance venues such as Marlboro and Lincoln Center.
Based on audition CDs, the jurors will select a maximum of six Finalists to compete in concert performances on March 29, 2014 at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland. We celebrate each Finalist the following day in individual concerts at other local venues. The Gold Medalist will be further honored with additional concerts including an appearance at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in June. Presenting organizations will attend the Competition to consider all Finalists for other future engagements, and our past experience indicates that new concerts will follow.
The Gold Medalist will be awarded the sum of $10,000 and the Silver Medalist the sum of $5,000. Additional cash prizes may also be offered. The Gold Medalist will also receive a concert appearance at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival on June 13, 2014. Other concert appearances (with additional stipends) may also be awarded for June 12, 14, and 15, 2014.