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Ying Li, Angela Chan, Andres Sanchez

AYA Piano Trio

Based in Philadelphia, AYA was formed in 2013 by three students at the Curtis Institute of Music. The trio has performed extensively across the United States, and in 2018 they were semifinalists in both the M Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the Fischoff Competition. They were winners of the 2018 Young Chamber Musicians Competition in North Carolina, where they were invited for a residency of recordings and concerts. They have performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and they made their New York City debut in 2019 at the Mannes New School Concert Series. Performances in 2020 include a Concerts International Series appearance in Memphis and a Beethoven Triple concerto with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut. Aya Piano Trio is handled by Jean Schreiber Management.

Dior Quartet

Hailing from Israel, Canada, St. Lucia and the USA, the members of Dior formed their ensemble at Indiana University in Fall 2018. Within eight months of their formation, they won the Bronze Medal at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Competition (Senior Division). They have also won first prize at the 9th Plowman Chamber Music Competition (Senior Strings), first prize at the 2019 Kuttner Quartet Competition, and runner-up at the Beethoven-Haus Competition at the Jacobs School of Music. Last summer they attended at the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford University, and were selected to perform in the International Showcase at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall. They held the 2019 Fellowship String Quartet at Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in Virginia and participated in the McGill International String Quartet Academy. They are currently the new Kuttner Quartet, the student string quartet-in-residence at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Tobias Elser, Joanne Choi, Noa Sarid, Caleb Georges

David Bayard, Paul Lorenz, Ting Hua(Arthur) Liang, Sean Bradley

Soma Quartet

Based in Bloomington, Soma was formed at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Otis Murphy. In addition to being the Grand Prize winners at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, they were First Runner-Up in the 2018 Classic Alive Young Artist Competition; First Prize winners in the 2017 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition; and were also finalists in the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. Since their formation in 2016, they have performed at a wide variety of venues,
including the International Navy Band Symposium, the inaugural American Single Reed Summit, and the North American Saxophone Alliance region five conference. The ensemble is committed to performing new works to expand quartet repertoire and has collaborated with several composers from Indiana University. Soma also has a passion for traditional repertoire and transcriptions and has performed numerous outreach concerts designed to bring saxophone to a wider audience in venues ranging from retirement centers to coffee shops and even the Bloomington Transit Center. 2020 includes the performance of a Mendelssohn Quartet transcription at the Odyssey Chamber Music Series in Missouri.

Zelter String Quartet

Praised by LA Opus for their “seemingly effortless precision and blend”, the Zelter String Quartet formed in Los Angeles in 2018. The quartet is comprised of violinists Kyle Gilner and Gallia Kastner, violist Nao Kubota, and cellist Allan Hon. In 2019 they were awarded a full scholarship to participate in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, where they worked with members of the St. Lawrence and Danish String Quartets, culminating in a performance at the Campbell Recital Hall at Stanford University.

The quartet has collaborated with the Verona String Quartet, Mixtape Series, tenor Drake Dantzler, and has future collaborations set with pianist Lucinda Carver.

In addition, they were recently invited to participate in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and in August 2021, the quartet is scheduled to participate in the Rencontres Franco-Américaines de Musique de Chambre, as winners of the USC Ofiesh Chamber Music Competition.

Allan Hon, Nao Kubota, Gallia Kastner, and Kyle Gilner

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