The 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition culminated Wednesday evening with the announcement of three winners at the Awards Showcase at the Kosciuszko Foundation. Awards went to pianist Michael Brown (First Prize & Victor and Sono Elmaleh Award), baritone Mischa Bouvier, and the Linden String Quartet. Each winner of the annual competition receives a two-year management contract and joins the CAG artist roster. The winners performed a short concert program for an enthusiastic audience of industry professionals and CAG supporters.
CAG’s mission is to discover, nurture and promote young musicians. Winners of its annual competition receive comprehensive career advancement services, including the booking of professional performance engagements, commissioning and recording opportunities, and marketing and publicity support. Winners will also appear next season on CAG’s Winners Series in New York.
The 2010 Competition began in March with about 250 applicants submitting recordings. Over 80 soloists and ensembles were invited for live semi-final auditions held in New York City, where they performed in front of a panel of judges from their fields. Thirteen applicants were invited to perform at the finals on October 19. A distinguished panel of judges heard each finalist perform a twenty-minute recital program at Merkin Concert Hall.
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Sarah McElravy & Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; Felix Umansky, cello
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Described as “truly riveting” by MusicWeb International, the Linden String Quartet is the Gold Medalist and Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, recipient of the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition, and First Prize Winner of the Sixth International Hugo Kauder Competition. The Linden is studying under the Tokyo String Quartet as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at Yale University. The Quartet is dedicated to community and educational outreach and has worked extensively with the Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Canton Symphony Orchestra, and New Performing Arts to bring music to elementary school students throughout Ohio and Kentucky. Their mentors include the Cavani String Quartet, Peter Salaff, Paul Kantor, and Donald Weilerstein.
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