April 17, 2023

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Ruth Widder String Quartet Competition

The MSM Provost’s office announced the winners of the 2023 Ruth Widder Competition, a string quartet competition judged by members of the American String Quartet (in photo above). The winners performed in Greenfield Hall on April 26 at 7:30 PM.

The Ruth Widder String Quartet Competition, funded by the Widder Foundation in consultation with faculty member Laurie Carney, honors the memory of Ruth Widder, whose lifetime of generosity to Manhattan School of Music, the American String Quartet, and other arts institutions has had a lasting effect on the cultural life of New York.

“Thank you to all who participated and to the judges, the American String Quartet,” writes MSM Executive Vice President and Provost Joyce Griggs in a message to the MSM Community. “While this competition usually only awards two prizes, the judges felt there should be an honorable mention as there was a third group that demonstrated a high level of study and performance, and their efforts should not go unnoticed.”


MSM Artists in Residence: American String Quartet

Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violin
Daniel Avshalomov, viola
Wolfram Koessel, cello

2023 Ruth Widder String Quartet Winners

Honorable Mention (no prize/performance)

D. Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
I. Largo
II. Allegro molto
III. Allegretto
IV. Largo
V. Largo

Carolyn Carr (BM ’24), violin
Nini Giorgadze (BM ’24), violin
Oryann Tsaig (MM ’23), viola
Rahel Lulseged (MM ’24), cello

Coached by Peter Winograd

Second Place

J. Brahms – String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Quasi Minuetto, moderato
IV. Finale. Allegro non assai

Christophe Koenig (MM ’23), violin
Thu-Duong (Exchange Student), violin
Jack Rittendale (BM ’23), viola
Jessamyn Fry (MM ’24), cello

Coached by Peter Winograd

First Place

R. Schumann – String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41 No. 3

I. Andante espressivo – Allegro molto moderato
II. Assai agitato
III. Adagio molto
IV. Finale. Allegro molto vivace – Quasi Trio

Jihyeon Kim (MM ’23), violin
Yunjung Ko (PS ’23), violin
Kunbo Xu (PPD ’24), viola
Sam Chung (MM ’23), cello

Coached by David Geber

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