Quartet Tzigane piano quartet, was chosen the top-prize winner in the inaugural competition Sunday, February 26, 2012. The event was held in the Music Room at SPCO Center in the Historic Hamm Building in Saint Paul.
Members Graydon Tope, 15, violin; Sloane Wesloh, 15, viola; Parker Tope, 13,, cello; and Evren Ozel, 13, piano, received a $1,000 cash prize, Patricia Hill Whitacre first prize medals, and a performance opportunity in conjunction with an SPCO concert. Their coach was Thomas Rosenberg.
Second prize of $750 was awarded to Take 4 string quartet: Jason Shu, 15, violin; Harris Bernstein, 16, violin; Benjamin Eide, 17, viola; and Micah Chang, 16, cello. They were coached by Ray Shows of the Artaria Chamber Music School.
Third prize of $500 was awarded to Kromatique string quartet: Grant Simonson, 17, violin; Joonil Oh, 17, violin, and viola; Joe Peterson, 16, violin and viola; and Avery Johnson, 17, cello. Their coach was also Ray Shows.
Judges were Patrick Castillo, SPCO’s Senior director of artistic planning; Kathryn Greenbank, principal oboe; and Leslie Shank, violin. Chuck Ullery, principal bassoon of the SPCO was the emcee.