This week on Introductions, two chamber groups from two music schools, both of which reached the quarter-finals of the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Carmen Quartet is entirely made up of high-school senior fellows of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy; and the Golden Trio hails from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory with the unusual combination of violin, double bass and piano. Thank you to Rob Waller and Aleksandar Radovic for their recordings.
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B-Flat, Op. 76, No. 4, Sunrise:
I. Allegro con spirito
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2:
II. Andante moderato
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet, Op. 44, No. 1:
IV. Finale, Presto agitato
Katharine Nelson, 18, violin
Veronica Rokicki, 18, violin
Kimberly LaFranzo, 18, viola
Eytan Raviv, 17, cello
Coached by Sang Mee Lee through the Music Institute of Chicago Academy.
Bedřich Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15:
III. Finale, Presto
Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires:
I. Verano Porteño
Sofia Radovic, 15, violin
Ian King, 16, double bass
Miriam Kessler, 16, piano
Coached by Lyudmila Lakisova through Midwest Young Artists Conservatory.