Walter W. Naumburg Foundation





Four Chamber Music Ensembles Competed in Competition
Held on Thursday, June 11 in New York City

June 12, 2009. The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation has announced the Trio Cavatina –comprised of Harumi Rhodes, violin; Priscilla Lee, cello, and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano the winner of the Naumburg 2009 Chamber Music Competition.  The prize will include a recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to take place in 2010, as well as a composition to be written for them by Richard Danielpour.  

Four chamber music ensembles competed in the competition that took place on Thursday, June 11 in Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall.  Along with the Trio Cavatina, performing a 40 minute program for a jury that included eminent chamber musicians Robert Mann, Ursula Oppens, Carol Wincenc, Ronald Cope, Curtis Macomber, Anahid Ajemian, and Tom Sauer, were the Manhattan Piano Trio -- Milana Strezeva, piano; Wayne Lee, violin; and Dmitry Kouzov, cello; the Jasper String Quartet – J Freivogel and Sae Niwa, violins;  Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello; and the Puff Quintet – comprised of Jennifer Christen, Sydney Braunfeld, Benjamin Moermond, Xiang Yu and Emi Ferguson.  

Thirteen chamber ensembles were selected in the prescreening and all competing ensembles were asked to be in residence in North America, and all members were required to be under the age of 33 years old.  All chamber ensembles were asked to provide three performance ready concert programs as well as proof of a concert career of three years or more.  The competition was open to string quartets, piano trios and ensembles containing at least three members and not more than eight, without a conductor.
The Trio Cavatina –Harumi Rhodes; violin; Priscilla Lee, cello and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano; was formed at the Marlboro Music Festival and since its inception in 2005, has rapidly emerged as one of today’s outstanding chamber ensembles.  The Trio Cavatina is deeply rooted in a strong sense of shared musical values.  In 2007-2008, they made their debut on the Kneisel Hall “Emerging Artist” series; Union College in Schenectady, New York; and at the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in Maryland.  They have also appeared on the closing concert of the Chamber Music America conference as well as appearances in New York City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Sarasota and Boston.  Trio Cavatina participated in New England Conservatory’s Professional Piano Trio Training Program.  In addition to the classical and romantic trio repertoire, the Trio Cavatina is committed to performing 20th-century and newly composed works.  They have worked with American composer Leon Kirchner.  The Trio Cavatina is represented by Marianne Schmocker Artists International, ltd.

The next Naumburg Competition will be for Piano to be held in June 2010.

The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation was founded on June 8, 1926 by Walter W. Naumburg and continues today in the pursuit of ideals set out by Mr. Naumburg.  His desire to assist gifted young musicians in America has made possible a longstanding program of competitions and awards in solo and chamber music performance, composer recordings, and conducting.  It was Mr. Naumburg’s firm belief that such competitions not only benefit the new stars, but would also be for these talented young musicians who would become prime movers to the development of the highest musical standards of musical excellence throughout America.  Past winners of the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition have included Speculum Musicae (1972), the Eroica Trio (1991), the Aspen Wind Quintet (1984) Eighth Blackbird (2000) and string quartets including the American (1974), Brentano (1995), Emerson (1978), Lark (1990) Pacifica (1998), among others.