J. C. ARRIAGA CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION
2013 Arriaga Competition Winners
This year the Arriaga Competition jurors have unanimously agreed on offering the 1st prize to the KENARI QUARTET (Bob Eason, soprano sax; Durand Jones, alto sax; Corey Dundee, tenor sax; Steven Banks, baritone sax), the 2nd prize to JADE DUO (Zhen Chen, piano; Shuai Shi, violin); and two honorable mentions: one to the ORAVA STRING QUARTET (Daniel Kowalik, violin; David Dalseno, violin; Thomas Chawner, viola; Karol Kowalik, cello) and another one to the NOCTUA WIND QUINTET (Kayla Burggraf, flute; Michelle Pan, oboe; Nicolas Chona, clarinet; John Turman, horn; Thomas Morrison, bassoon). Below are the biographies of these ensembles.
Bob Eason, soprano sax
Durand Jones, alto sax
Corey Dundee, tenor sax
Steven Banks, baritone sax
The Kenari Quartet was formed by four saxophone majors at Indiana University the August of 2012. The members of the Kenari Quartet come from various parts of the United States such as, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. The goal and purpose of the Kenari Quartet is to share the old and new exciting literature of the classical saxophone as well as show the instrument’s versatility. Through the encouragement of their coach and saxophone instructor Dr. Otis Murphy, the Kenari Quartet competed and won the Indiana state chamber music round of MTNA, and placed first runner up in the regional round. The Kenari Quartet has also been sought after by faculty and students at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University to perform original compositions from the composition department.
Bob Eason, soprano sax
Bob Eason is currently pursuing a master’s degree in saxophone performance and studies with Dr. Otis Murphy at Indiana University. He has performed with the Jacobs School of Music Wind Ensemble under the direction of Professor Stephen Pratt and he is the Soprano Saxophonist of the Kenari Saxophone Quartet. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from The University of Houston and studied with Mr. Dan Gelok, Mrs. Valerie Vidal, and Dr. Karen Wylie. While at the University of Houston, Bob was a founding member of the Blue Static Saxophone Quartet and performed with the ensemble at the 2011 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition where the group won the Silver Medal in the Senior Winds division.
A native of Houston, Bob is the Artistic Director of The Young Saxophonist’s Institute and organizes summer camps in the Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth areas for middle school and high school saxophonists. Bob is truly blessed with the support of an amazing family and wonderful friends.
His professional affiliations include the North American Saxophone Alliance, Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In addition to the teachers mentioned above, Bob feels incredibly fortunate to have been mentored by Eddie Green, John Benzer, David Bertman, Noe Marmolejo, Tom Bennett, Gregory Dick, Robert Munoz, Theron Sharp, Julio Sanchez, Aaron Brown, Martin Langford, and Chris Patterson.
Durand Jones, alto sax
Durand Jones is a Master’s student at Indiana University under tutelage of Dr. Otis Murphy. Durand received his Bachelors of Music Education at Southeastern Louisiana University. Durand has also studied with other saxophonist such as Dr. Richard Schwartz, Brina Bourliea, and Craig Millet. Durand is the alto saxophonist of the Kenari Quartet. While at Indiana University, Durand has had many performance opportunities such as performing in the Symphonic Band under the baton of Dr. Gershman, the IU Latin Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Michael Spiro, the IU Soul Revue under the direction of Dr. Tyron Cooper, and the IU Saxophone Ensemble. Durand has had the opportunity to also perform at the International Saxophone Symposium in 2011 and 2012 as well as the North American Saxophone Alliance region 5 Conference. Durand is affiliated is with North American Saxophone Alliance, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the National Association for Music Education. Durand would like to take the time to thank his family, teachers, colleagues, and friends for the undying support.
Corey Dundee, tenor sax
Corey Dundee is a senior at Indiana University, where he is currently studying saxophone performance with Dr. Otis Murphy and composition with Dr. Claude Baker. He is a recipient of the Jacobs Scholarship, a full-tuition merit award given to a select number of undergraduate students. Dundee has performed as a guest soloist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra and the Interlochen Philharmonic. As a composer, he has received recognitions from ASCAP and the Tribeca New Music ensemble, and has collaborated with the Barkada saxophone quartet and the Akropolis reed quintet in writing new pieces for chamber winds.
Steven Banks, baritone sax
Saxophonist Steven Banks, age 19, has been described as “a breath-taking performer” by the Classical Voice of North Carolina. He is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. Banks is currently a sophomore in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the instruction of Dr. Otis Murphy. He is a recipient of the Jacobs Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards given in the School of Music. Steven regularly performs as both a soloist and an ensemble player with the Kenari Saxophone Quartet and Indiana University Symphonic Band.
Since his solo debut at age 17 with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, Steven has performed and competed nationwide. Banks has won top prizes in several competitions, including 1st prizes at the 2011 Joseph M. Bryan Concerto Competition and the Durham Symphony Young Artist Competition. Steven was also chosen to perform on NPR’s From the Top on show 241 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Most recently, Steven won the Indiana University Woodwind Concerto competition and will play Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra on April 10, 2013.
As a jazz and commercial saxophonist, Steven performs with the Jeremy Allen Jazz Ensemble and the Indiana University Soul Revue. He has played and recorded with various combos and big bands. In high school, Steven primarily studied jazz with Ronald Rudkin. He also studied and performed with jazz drummer Joe Chambers, and saxophonist Ralph Bowen.
Steven is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophonist of the renowned Prism Saxophone Quartet. He attended the Interlochen Arts Camp under the tutelage of Timothy McAllister. Steven has participated in master classes with Christopher Creviston, Joe Lulloff, the ZZYZX saxophone quartet and the United States Marine Band saxophone quartet.
Pianist Zhen Chen started to play piano at age 5 and won his first piano
competition when he was just 7 years old. Mr. Chen completed his
Bachelor Degree in piano performance at the Central Conservatory of
Music, in Beijing. He has been featured as soloist with the China Xinhua
Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed solo and in chamber music
concerts at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall; Avery Fisher Hall of
Lincoln Center; China National Center for Performing Arts; and Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference Hall, among others. Mr. Chen
won First Prize of Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in
2009 and 2011, New York; Second Prize at Hong Kong Piano Competition in
2007; and Second Prize at Sino-US Heintzman Cup Youth Piano Competition
in 2005. He was invited as guest artist to play at the Alexander & Buono
International Annual Galas in 2011 and 2012 at Carnegie Hall.
Throughout his studies David has lead various chamber and orchestral groups including the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and University of Tasmania Symphony Orchestra where he also appeared as a soloist. He also had the opportunity to lead the inaugural Jan Sedivka Camerata program. David has been a member of Sydney Sinfonia since 2008. In chamber music David has participated in workshops with the Australian String Quartet, Julliard String Quartet, Southern Cross Soloists, Eggner Trio and various members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
David has participated in various programs within the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2006, including AYO Europe Tour (2007), Concertmaster at National Music Camp (2008), Chamber Music and Fellowship Programs.
A former principle second of Queenslands Camerata of St Johns Chamber Orchestra, David currently performs with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and studies at the University of Colorado.
Daniel Kowalik, violin
Daniel started playing the
violin at the age of 6 where he was taught by his father until the age
of 11. He is currently studying with Janet Davies.
He has performed in
masterclasses for Walter Verdheer, Charles Avsharian, Simon Fischer,
Robert Masters, Berent Korfker, Sherban Lupu and Michael Goldschlager,
to name a few and has taken part in the Zenon Brzewski International
music course in Lancut, Poland.
As an orchestral musician,
Daniel has toured internationally with the Australian Youth Orchestra
(2007, 2010) and Sydney Youth Orchestra (2007) performing in venues such
as Berlin konczerthouse, Concertgebouw and Royal Albert hall to name a
few. He has been awarded a position in the Sydney Symphony Orchestral
program Sinfonia (2008, 2009, 2012) as well as being awarded a
Fellowship the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 Daniel undertook a
fellowship with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in their emerging
artist program, and was guided by the assistant concertmaster of the ACO,
Daniel has received
scholarships to attend the Australian String Academy and the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music, where he completed his bachelor of music in
He is a winner of the Eva
Malewicz Competition in 2005 and was awarded the big brother music
scholarship in 2009, allowing Daniel to study and receive lessons at the
Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music
Karol Kowalik, cello
Karol recently completed his Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Professor Uzi Wiesel. In 2006 he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Meadowmount School of Music in New York. In 2010 Karol was awarded third prize in the Gisborne International Competition. He is also a founding member of the Orava String Quartet who have toured internationally and performed in some of Australias most prestigious venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Angel Place City Recital Hall, Utzon Room, Melbourne Recital Centre and Government House. In 2011 they performed in the Musica Viva Rising Stars concert series collaborating with violist Steven King. Karol was recently awarded first prize in the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition. He is also currently studying a 'Professional Certificate in String Quartet Performance' at the University of Colorado in the United States with the Takacs String Quartet.
This Sunday, April 14, starting at 2:15 pm and ending at 5:30 pm, the
Treetops Chamber Music Society presents its 6th J. C. Arriaga
Chamber Music Competition Finals at Allegro Pianos Recital Hall, 1068
Long Ridge Road, in Stamford. Admission is free. More information at
(203) 979-6052 and
|ABOUT THE J. C. ARRIAGA CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION|
performance plays an irreplaceable role in the education
of young artists, and chamber music performance is at the
center of creative music education. For the young J. C.
Arriaga playing the violin in various chamber music
ensembles was the only school at the time he composed his
first opera. He later would enter the illustrious Paris
Conservatory. Although Arriaga was a classical composer
deserving a prominent place in history, his music
wasnt played widely in international circles until
fairly recently. It took the tenacious support of many
institutions and music organizations to make
Arriagas international appreciation possible. In a
very similar way, todays most deserving young
chamber ensembles need the support of music organizations
to jumpstart their careers. That is why to
complement the musical education of young artists
is part of the mission of the Treetops Chamber Music
Society which, inspired by the example of Arriaga, is set
to assist most deserving young chamber musicians through
its J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition.
Oskar Espina Ruiz
Treetops Chamber Music Society
2008-2012 J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition Winners
J. C. ARRIAGA CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION APPLICATION &
DEADLINE: March 16, 2013
LIVE FINAL ROUND: APRIL 14, 2013, 2:15 PM
|This competition is open to chamber music ensembles with or without piano, including duos with piano. Each ensemble member may be of any nationality and must be 18-30 years old at the time of the competition.|
|1. Name and contact
information of the participating ensemble (name of
contact person, complete address, phone number, email
2. Name, instrument, date of birth and contact information of each member of the participating ensemble (complete address, phone number, email address).
3. Biography of the participating ensemble.
4. Biography of each member of the participating ensemble.
5. A photo of the ensemble or individual photos of each ensemble member (JPEG).
6. Program for the live round of the competition: three contrasting chamber music works or movements of separate works. The proposed program must include at least 20 minutes of music. Be sure to choose a program that features the ensembles strongest points.
7. List two different full-concert programs in the repertoire of the participating ensemble, which the participating ensemble does not need to perform at the competition. These programs should be well balanced. We welcome innovation, in terms of rediscovering lesser-known quality works for example, and encourage the performance of quality contemporary works. However, each program should be diverse and appealing to a general audience, for which including a well-known masterpiece is wise. Each program should be logistically efficient, especially in the case of mixed chamber ensembles, with all members involved in at least one third of the program.
|1. A copy of the
drivers license, passport or birth certificate of
each member of the participating ensemble as proof of
2. A non-refundable application fee of $30 per ensemble member. We accept money orders and personal checks only. Please, make checks payable to: Treetops CMS. International contestants should contact us by email (email@example.com) for additional payment methods, if necessary.
3. A CD of the ensemble performing the proposed program for the live round of the competition or other program. This CD must include three contrasting chamber music works, or movements of separate works, with a minimum duration of 20 minutes. Each piece or movement should be on a separate track. If you choose to send a commercially packaged full CD be sure to clearly write on the CD case which tracks you are submitting to the competition.
|All the above parts of
your application must be sent by Saturday, March 16, 2013
(you need a postmark of March 16, 2013, or earlier);
Application Part 1 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and Application Part 2 by US Mail
J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition
c/o Treetops CMS
PO Box 8151
Stamford, CT 06905
Please, note that you may not use a carrier or overnight service when mailing to this address, since it is a PO Box.
|The CD audition is the
preliminary round of this competition.
Those competitors allowed to advance from the CD preliminary round to the live final round of the competition taking place on April 14, 2013, will be notified by email as soon as possible.
The J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, or Treetops CMS, is not responsible for the competitors travel, lodging, food or other expenses.
Cash award of $2,000 and an invitation to perform a
joined remunerated concert at the Treetops Chamber Music
2nd Prize: Cash award of $1,000 and an invitation to perform a joined remunerated concert at the Treetops Chamber Music Society.
The judges reserve the right to withhold any or all awards. The judges decision is final.
The results of the competition will be announced to the finalists by email the evening of the competition and will be posted on this website.
Additionally, finalists will receive in the mail a letter with the competition results and the jurors' comments.
Vice President for Instrumental Performance, Cello and Chamber Music Faculties, Manhattan School of Music; Founding Member, American String Quartet.
Violinist, American String Quartet; Violin Faculty, Manhattan School of Music.
Clarinet Faculty, Juilliard School; Mannes College of Music; Manhattan School of Music; Queens College, CUNY; Founding Member, Mozzafiato; Artist Member, New York Woodwind Quintet.
Oskar Espina Ruiz:
Clarinet and Chamber Music Faculties, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Artistic Director, Treetops Chamber Music Society
Pianos Recital Hall
1068 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903 (Same location as 2010-12)
Stamford is located 45 minutes away from midtown Manhattan. Metro North offers an express train service from Grand Central Station to Stamford Station (www.mta.info). Stamford Station is a 10-minute ride away from Allegro Pianos.
ensemble must be exempt from management contracts and
commissions for their performance at Treetops CMS, if
invited as a prizewinner or other.
The participating ensemble, or any of its members or representatives, must not make any attempt to be in contact with any juror during the competition.
Ensembles who are not ready to perform when called by the jury at the competition may be disqualified.
|Please, feel free to contact us if you
have any questions. Address your questions to Meg Scarpetta at:
Tel. (203) 979-6052
Published on November 26, 2012
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