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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.


Zhen Chen, piano
Shuai Shi, violin

Zhen Chen and Shuai Shi have been playing duo music together since 2012, the Jade Duo has been dedicated to performing the violin and piano literature as chamber music. Shuai Shi and Zhen Chen are both full scholarship students at Manhattan School of Music, coached by Dr. Heasook Rhee and Pinchas Zukerman/Patinka Kopec.

Zhen Chen, piano

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.

Mr. Zhen Chen got his Master Degree in piano performance under Dr. Arkady Aronov, Manhattan School of Music, 2012. Currently he is pursuing his second Master Degree, in Instrumental Accompanying and Chamber Music, with Dr. Heasook Rhee at Manhattan School of Music.

Shuai Shi, violin

Violinist Shuai Shi is a prize winner at the 12th Jeunesses Musicales International Violin Competition; the 12th Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition; the 12th Henryk Wieniawski Internation Violin Competition and winner of several concerto competitions. Shuai Shi is recognized as one of the most remarkable young violinists in China. She has appeared as a soloist in China, Singapore, Canada, Romania, Poland, France, England and United States.

Born in 1989, Shuai started learning the violin at the age of five. For her bachelor's degree, she attended the Royal Academy of Music on a full scholarship. While in London, she won the Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and Her Royal Highness Princess Alice's Prize. She was offered full scholarships to Yale, The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music to pursue her master's degree. At present Shuai Shi is studying with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at Manhattan School of Music.

Daniel Kowalik, violin
David Dalseno, violin
Thomas Chawner, viola
Karol Kowalik, cello

The Orava Quartet was founded in 2007, consisting of siblings Daniel Kowalik (violin), Sylwia Waples (violin) and Karol Kowalik (cello), with Thomas Chawner (viola). They were joined by Brisbane violinist, David Dalseno on second violin in 2012. Based in Sydney, they have performed locally and nationally in venues including the Utzon Room in Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre and City Recital Hall, Angel Place. Internationally, Orava have performed in Canada, China, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong, and in 2010 completed a highly successful tour of Asia for Musica Viva with world-renowned didgeridoo performer and composer William Barton. The quartet regularly performs at festivals which include the Musica Viva Festival, The Sydney Vivid Festival, Crossroads and Chinese Gardens Music Festival, and have performed for Queen Sofia of Spain and Pope Benedict XVI.

The Orava Quartet is privileged to have been selected to study at Colorado University, Boulder U.S.A, where they are studying as the graduate quartet in residence with the world renowned Takacs String Quartet. This is made possible by the generous support of the University of Colorado Boulder, by the provision of a full scholarship for the quartet. Further support from the PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation, the Australian Music Foundation, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Australia Council for the Arts and Ars Musica Australis is greatly appreciated.

The Orava Quartet has received many scholarships including the Chamber Music Residency at the prestigious Banff Arts Centre in Canada, and in 2009 was selected as one of six finalists for the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition. Orava has also been featured on 2MBS FMs Rising Stars On-Air program, and as part of the Musica Viva Rising Stars Series.

In addition to the quartet's determination and passion, Orava’s other inspirations include having studied with members of the Takacs, Emerson, Australian, St Lawrence, Schoenberg, Jerusalem, Brentano, Julliard and Goldner String Quartets. In Sydney, Orava is mentored by prominent Australian educators Uzi Wiesel, Ole Böhn and Janet Davies.

Thomas Chawner, viola

Thomas has recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Sydneyb Conservatorium of Music, studying under Stephen King (Australia String Quartet, previously of the Australian Chamber Orchestra). He grew up in Newcastle and studied Viola with Andrew Chubb, DeborahLander, Caroline Henbest, Alice Waten, Reiner Schmidt and Nicole Divall.

In 2011 Thomas was an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist, and participated in 3 national tours including the Vasse Felix festival in Western Australia. This year he will be performing casually with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, including Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 subscriber series. Thomas is also a casual musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, has performed frequently with the Sydney Sinfonia (the mentoring orchestra of the Sydney Sympony), Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, SBS Youth Orchestra, contemporary ensemble Chronology Arts, and toured and recorded education material for Musica Viva Australia.

As a baroque violist, Thomas has performed with Pinchgut Opera, and recorded with Australian Baroque Brass for ABC Classics.

David Dalseno, violin

David Dalseno began violin lessons at the age of six, completing his AMus at fifteen. David studied with Elizabeth Morgan at the Queensland Conservatorium, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 2007. A recipient of a Vice-Chancellor’s University String Scholarship at the University of Tasmania, David studied with Jun Yi Ma and Jeremy Williams completing Honours in 2009. David has also studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten and Ole Bohn.


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, Satu Vanska.

Daniel has received scholarships to attend the Australian String Academy and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he completed his bachelor of music in 2010.

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 in Manchester.


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.




Kayla Burggraf, flute
Michelle Pan, oboe
Nicolas Chona, clarinet
John Turman, horn
Thomas Morrison, bassoon

The Noctua Wind Quintet is described as “an ensemble full of youthful exuberance” by flutist and member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, Carol Wincenc. Although young, the ensemble has already established a presence in the world of chamber music, winning the Alice Saunderson Prize at the 2012 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in Pasadena, California, as well as the Bronze Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana.

The members of the Noctua Wind Quintet met at Rice University in the fall of 2010, during their first year of undergraduate studies at the Shepherd School of Music. Hailing from all parts of the country, they immediately formed a strong bond through their fast friendship and a mutual enjoyment of chamber music performance. In addition to chamber ensemble competitions, the Noctua Wind Quintet also enjoys sharing music with the community. Noctua, along with Rice University faculty member Janet Rarick, created and performed in a new Rice University initiative: Music From Fondren Library. This concert series aims to share music with Rice University audiences beyond the walls of the Shepherd School. They gave the debut performance of this now successful series in January of 2012. Noctua also performs frequently with Jump!, a volunteer outreach organization which provides interactive musical education for public school children in Houston, Texas.

The Noctua Wind Quintet is coached by Richie Hawley, professor of clarinet at Rice University.  They have also had the privilege of working with Ben Kamins, Michael Webster, and Janet Rarick.


LIVE FINAL ROUND: APRIL 14, 2013, 2:15 - 5:30 pm

Allegro Pianos Recital Hall
1068 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, CT
Admission is free
For more information please call (203) 979-6052

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

2013 J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition Finals

1st Prize: Cash award of $2,000 and an invitation to perform a joined paid concert at the Treetops Chamber Music Society.

2nd Prize: Cash award of $1,000 and an invitation to perform a joined paid 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 online at

Additionally, finalists will receive in the mail a letter with the competition results and the jurors' comments.


(The finalists will perform selections from the following program)

2:15 Adriana and Yun Duo
(Yun Jung, violin; Adriana Teodoro-Dier, Piano)
Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Sonata in B minor: I. Moderato
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Sonata for Violin and Piano: III. Presto tragico
G. Gershwin (1898-1937)/Jasha Heitefz (1901-87): It Ain't Necessarily So

2:30 Furioso Trio
(Christopher Elchio, saxophone; Sarah Harball, viola; Joni Chan, piano)
Mozart: Trio in Eb Major, K.498 "Kegelstatt": I. Andante
Bruch: 8 Pieces: III. Andante con moto
Hindemith: Trio, Op. 47: Part II, "Potpourri:" III. Schnelle Halbe; IV. Prestissimo

2:45 Neave Trio
(Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Toni James, piano)
J. Haydn: Piano Trio in D Major, Hob. XV, No. 16: Allegro
D. Shostakovich: Piano Trio in e minor op. 67: Allegro con brio
B. Smetana: Piano Trio in g minor, op. 15: Moderato Assai

3:00 Kenari Quartet
(Bob Eason, Soprano sax; Durand Jones, alto sax; Corey Dundee, tenor sax; Steven Banks, baritone sax)
Alfred Desenclos (1912 – 1971): Quatour: III. Poco largo, ma resoluto – Allegro energico
Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992): Adios Nonino
Nikolai Kapustin (b. 1937): Preludes in Jazz Style: III. Allegretto

3:15 Trio Mirabile
(Danby Cho, Clarinet; Hyun Ji Kwon, Cello; Heeyeon Chi, Piano)
Beethoven: Trio Op. 11: I. Allegro con brio
Muczynski: Fantasy Trio op.26: II. Andante con espressione
Brahms: Trio op.114: IV. Allegro

3:30 La Salle Trio
(Sven Stucke, Violin; Caleb van der Swaagh, Cello; Michelle Nam, Piano)
Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D 929: I. Allegro
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67: III. Largo
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50: III. Variazione Finale e coda

3:45 Allant Trio
(Anna Jihyun Park, violin; Alina Lim, cello; Beth Hyo Kyoung Nam, piano)
Haydn: Keyboard Trio No.9 in A Major, Hob.XV:9: I. Adagio
Kelly-Marie Murphy (1964-): Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly: I. -
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.1 in d minor, Op. 49: I. Molto Allegro agitato

4:00 Jade Duo
(Jade DuoZhen Chen, piano; Shuai Shi, violin)
Bartok: Sonata for violin and piano, No.2: II. Allegretto
Schumann: Sonata for piano and violin in a minor: I. Mit Ledienschaflichem Ausdruck
Beethoven: Sonata for piano and violin No.7 in c minor: IV. Final: Allegro, Presto


4:30 Orava String Quartet
(Daniel Kowalik, violin, David Dalseno, violin, Thomas Chawner, viola, Karol Kowalik, cello)
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet Op. 20, no. 3 in G minor: Allegro con Spirto
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51: Romanze - Poco Adagio
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet no. 2 in a minor, Op. 13: Adagio - Allegro vivace

4:45 Empire Quintet
(Kristen McGuire, flute; Joshua Hall, oboe; Lorenzo Kleine, clarinet; Nicholas Theocharopoulos, bassoon; Andre Gratto, horn)
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Kleine Kammermusik für fünf Bläser: I. Lustig, Mäßig schnelle Viertel
Anton Reicha (1770-1836): Quintett, Op. 91, No. 2 in a minor: Finale
Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Summer Music

5:00 The Midic Winds
(Johanna Gruskin, flute; June Kim, oboe; Rebecca Tobin, clarinet; Quinn Delaney, bassoon; Russell Rybicki, horn)
Henri Tomasi: Cinq Danses: V. Danse Guerriere
Samuel Barber: Summer Music
John Harbison: Quintet for Winds: V. Finale

5:15 Noctua Wind Quintet
(Kayla Burggraf, Flute; Michelle Pan, Oboe; Nicolas Chona, Clarinet; John Turman, horn; Thomas Morrison, bassoon)
Samuel Barber: Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet, Op. 31
J.P. Rameau (arr. Ryohei Nakagawa): Gavotte and Six Doubles: Gavotte, Double VI
John Harbison: Quintet for Winds (1978): V. Finale


Concert 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 wasn’t played widely in international circles until fairly recently. It took the tenacious support of many institutions and music organizations to make Arriaga’s international appreciation possible. In a very similar way, today’s 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
Artistic Director
Treetops Chamber Music Society

2008-2012 J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition Winners


DEADLINE: March 16, 2013

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 address).

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 ensemble’s 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 driver’s license, passport or birth certificate of each member of the participating ensemble as proof of age.

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 ( 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 and Application Part 2 by US Mail to:

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.
1st Prize: Cash award of $2,000 and an invitation to perform a joined remunerated concert at the Treetops Chamber Music Society.

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.
David Geber:
Vice President for Instrumental Performance, Cello and Chamber Music Faculties, Manhattan School of Music; Founding Member, American String Quartet.

Peter Winograd:
Violinist, American String Quartet; Violin Faculty, Manhattan School of Music.

Charles Neidich:
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
Allegro 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 ( Stamford Station is a 10-minute ride away from Allegro Pianos.
The participating 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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