The string quartet was one of six artists to receive the New York prize, which includes concert opportunities and management


The Zorá String Quartet is one of six artists and ensembles to be named a First Prize Winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.

The winners each receive three major debuts next season in New York, Washington, DC, and Boston, and join the roster of Young Concert Artists Inc, which provides a minimum of three years of management services, concert engagements, promotion, and career development.

2015’s other winners are pianists Rémi Geniet, Tomer Gewirtzman and Dasol Kim, baritone Samuel Hasselhorn, and oboist Olivier Stankiewicz.

Graduates of the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University, the Zorá String Quartet – violinists Seula Lee and Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violist Pablo Muñoz Salido and cellist Zizai Ning – was named the Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the 42nd Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman-Barstow Prize winner at the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition in 2015.

This year’s Young Concert Artists Auditions drew almost 300 applicants from 40 countries. Sitting on the jury were: violinists Lynn Chang and Koichiro Harada; violist Scott Nickrenz; cellist Fred Sherry; pianists Hung-Kuan Chen, Jeffrey Swann and Ilana Vered; oboist Elaine Douvas; singers Neal Goren and Marvis Martin; conductor James Sinclair; and chair Susan Wadsworth.

Founded in 1961, the Young Concert Artists has launched the careers of violinists including Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Chee-Yun and Pinchas Zukerman, and the Tokyo, Borromeo, and St Lawrence String Quartets.

Photo: Josef Samuel

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