Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tempest String Quartet | 1st Prize | Chamber Music, 4th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition


Category B
(the group members' average age is up to 25 years)

FIRST PRIZE

Tempest String Quartet
USA
Leonard Fu, violin
Yiliang Jiang, violin
Freya Irani, viola
Annabel Hauk, cello

Score: 92.59

Natives of China, Germany, and the United States, the members of the Tempest Quartet all currently study at the New England Conservatory, where their teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Dimitri Murrath, and Laurence Lesser. The name “Tempest” was chosen because of the stormy and tumultuous nature of the pieces that first brought them together, Haydn’s Divertimento in f minor, Op. 20 No. 5 and Mendelssohn’s Op. 13 in a minor. Formed in September 2017, the ensemble has already received instruction from prominent chamber musicians such as Merry Peckham, Donald Weilerstein, Ayano Ninomiya, and Joel Krosnick.

Members of the quartet are prizewinners of the Fischoff and M-Prize chamber music competitions as well as laureates of solo competitions located in Guangzhou, Hamburg, Fermo, and Gorizia. They have also appeared at prominent festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Kronberg Academy Masterclasses, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Pyeongchang Festival, and Rheingau Music Festival. The Tempest String Quartet strongly believes in the idea of using chamber music as a force to connect with and empower individuals.


Haydn Divertimento for String Quartet Op. 20 No. 5, mvt. 1 (10:08)



Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 13 in a minor, mvt. 1 (8:00)