The 2013 Fischoff Chamber Music Grand Prize and Strings Gold Medal Competition Winners, the Omer Quartet, will be featured at this afternoon recital on the Ravinia campus. Chamber music lovers will love this intimate concert experience with the Senior Grand Prize winners of the prestigeous Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  This event is free and open to the public.

Time: 2:30pm

Midwest Young Artists, October 20, 2013


String Quartet in C Major, Op.20, No. 2        Haydn

I. Moderato                      

II. Capriccio: Adagio      

III. Minuet: Allegretto    

IV. Fuga                               


String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”          Janacek

I. Adagio con moto                  

II. Con moto - vivace                 

III. Con moto. Vivace. Andante 

IV. Con moto. Adagio                  


String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132    Beethoven

I.  Assai sostenuto - Allegro

II.  Allegro ma non tanto

III.  Molto adagio

IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace

V.  Allegro appassionato – Presto



Praised by the Cleveland Classical for being a “lean and resonant ensemble” with “committed and vivid” interpretations, the Omer String Quartet is the 2013 Grand Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 40th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As part of their award, they will be touring America’s Midwest region in October and the Emilia Romagna region of Italy in the summer of 2014. This summer they will be in residence at the Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies headed by Earl Carlyss, former violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet.

The OSQ has recently completed chamber music studies as the Apprentice String Quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was awarded the Dr. Bennett Levine Chamber Music Award. During their time at CIM, the ensemble participated in the Intensive String Quartet seminar under the guidance of Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. In addition to performing at the institute, for two years they were the Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s Quartet in Residence through which they performed recitals and presented student programs in numerous Cleveland-area schools.

The Omer Quartet has participated in the Chamber Music Workshop of the Perlman Music Program and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency. They were re-invited to the Banff Centre in 2011 to give a world premiere of a new work for percussion ensemble and string quartet by Bob Becker. In August and October 2011 the Omer Quartet was the featured ensemble for CIM’s Distance Learning exchange with the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, where they were coached by Tim Fredericksen. Since its inception in 2009, the quartet has worked closely with members of the Cavani Quartet, Peter Salaff, Mark Steinberg and Donald Weilerstein. They have played in masterclasses for members of the Cuarteto Casals, the Albers Trio, and the Takács, Jupiter, Miro, and Juilliard Quartets.


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