Colburn students win gold in music competition

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The Oliver trio, made up of Anaïs Feller, Daniel Wango and Mira Kardan, won prizes at the Fischoff Competition.
(photo courtesy of Colburn School)

The Olive Trio from Colburn School, which includes Academy of Music students Anaïs Feller on violin, Mira Kardan on cello and Daniel Wang on piano, took home the gold medal and a $2,300 prize in the division junior ropes from the Fischoff competition. Sonarsix Sextet, Conservatory of Music, with students Martha Chan on flute, Eder Rivera Acosta on oboe, Victor Diaz Guerra on clarinet, Christopher Chung on bassoon Elizabeth Linares Montero on horn and Baogang Hwang on piano, won the bronze medal and the $2,000 prize to the Main Wind Division.

Colburn School Music Academy student and cellist Angeline Kiang won the Pinehurst Bronze Medal with a $4,000 cash prize at the Stulberg International String Competition, and will perform with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, whose date will be announced later.

The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition was held May 20-22 at the University of Notre Dame, and the Stulberg International String Competition was held May 20-21 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Olive Trio and Sonarsix Sextet were two of four ensembles from the Colburn School selected from a total of 55 ensembles from around the world to enter the Fischoff Competition. The NTH Trio and the Giovane Quartet, both members of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute of Colburn’s Community School of Performing Arts, also competed. The NTH Trio musicians are Holly Lacey on violin, Nathaniel Yue on cello and Qiao (Tiger) Zhang on piano; the musicians of the Giovane Quartet are Andres Engleman on violin, Scarlett Chen on violin, Irene Choung on vello and Yiting Han on piano.

The Olive Trio is coached by Colburn School teachers Martin Beaver, Fabio Bidini and Clive Greensmith. Feller, Kardan and Wang study individually with Beaver, Greensmith and Micah Yui. The Olive Trio will appear next season on the nationally broadcast radio show “From the Top” and will continue to perform throughout the Los Angeles area and beyond.

The Sonarsix Sextet was formed only a few months before the Fischoff Competition. They have performed at music festivals in Verbier, Pacific, Lucerne and Marlboro, as well as Music from Angel Fire, Seoul National University International Chamber Music Festival and have collaborated with artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Noah Bendix-Balgley , Denis Bouriakov, Andy Akiho, members of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and members of the Orion String Quartet. As orchestral musicians they have performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego and Detroit, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela, Müncher Rundfunkorchester and Karlsruhe Operhaus. The Sonarsix Sextet is proudly mentored by Fabio Bidini and Andrew Bain of Colburn faculty.

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