New York based group nets $20,000 first prize in Chinese competition


The Ulysses Quartet

The New York based Ulysses Quartet has won the chamber music category at the Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition (SISC), in Harbin, China.

The quartet, which ran a successful GoFundMe campaign to assist with the costs of attending the competition, wins $20,000. Second place went to the Gallant Quartet (China), third to the Delta Piano Trio (Netherlands), and fourth to the Rhythms Quartet (China).

The Ulysses Quartet comprises Christina Bouey and Rhiannon Banerdt (violins), Colin Brookes (viola) and Grace Ho (cello).

Formed in 2015, the ensemble has already won the Grand Prize and Gold Medal in the Senior String Division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; First Place in the American Prize; 2nd Prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2017; and reached the semi-finals of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The Strad is an official media partner of the Schoenfeld International String Competition - Harbin 2018