Every year, the Fischoff Competition, one of the largest and most prestigious chamber music competitions in the US, awards an array of prizes to recognize musical excellence. Winning one award can be enough to launch a classical music career.
So WFMT audiences enjoyed some rarified music-making when they heard a live performance from the Risus Quartet, not just the Gold Medal Winner of the Senior String division, but the Grand Prize winner of the entire 2021 competition. For a live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, the Austin, Texas/South Korea-based ensemble dazzled in renditions of two hidden gems of 19th-century chamber music repertoire. Below, see the Risus Quartet perform Schubert's Quartettsatz and Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 6.