The one flower representing music, the reed, flourishes in Israel, home of the Jerusalem Quartet. The Quartet, hailed by The Strad as "one of the young, yet great quartets of our time," has garnered international acclaim for its rare combination of passion andprecision. The ensemble's recordings for the Harmonia Mundi label have won a record three Chamber Music Awards from BBC Music Magazine.
The title of this program is "The Unfolding of Music." Not only do individual musical works unfold, but the form of music itself unfolds, constantly adding layersof color and complexity like the petals of a flower.
Founded in 1994, winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition 50th Anniversary Prize in 1996, the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 1997, the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition in 1998 and a Grammy Award in 2009, the Pacifica Quartet joined the faculty and was appointed quartet-in-residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in 2012.
Of the Quartet's "...superb music making," wrote Strings, "...the playing was seamless and elegrant, a model of teamwork." Thus we add white and red roses, a symbol of unity, to Coleman's bouquet.
The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux (formerly Evian) International String Quartet Competition. It is the ensemble's recent collaboration with the peots of With Our Words, however, that leads us to add sweetbriar, the flower of poetry, to our bouquet.
You are cordially invited to join the 64th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, in which young musicians from schools and conservatories across the nation and abroad bring their remarkable talents before a distinguished panel of judges. Finalists will compete for $15,000 in prizes. The Competition is open to the public and audiences are welcome, free of charge. Prizewinners will be presented in concert Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium.