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Poiesis Quartet Awarded Grand Prize at Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

All rounds of this year's competition are available now for playback on The Violin Channel

The Oberlin Conservatory-based Poiesis Quartet has been awarded the Grand Prize at the 2023 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, in Southbend, IN, United States.

Comprising violinists Sarah Ma and Max Ball, violist Jasper de Boor, and cellist Drew Dansby, the ensemble was also awarded the Gold Medal in this year's Senior String Division, plus the “Lift Every Voice” prize for the best performance of a piece by a historically underrepresented composer.

The Poiesis Quartet will receive US $16,500 in total plus a tour performing concerts and outreach in the Midwestern United States and the Emilia Romagne Festival in Italy.

As this year's official media streaming partner, The Violin Channel is streaming all rounds of the competition LIVE and exclusively.


The Gold Medal in the Senior Wind Division was awarded to the Arizona State University-based Kodachrome Saxophone Quartet.

The Silver and Bronze medals in the Senior String Division were awarded to the Quartet Luminera and the Amnis Piano Quartet.

The Gold medal in the Junior Strings Division was awarded to the FaMa Quartet.

Founded in 1973 by Joseph Fischoff and members of the South Bend Chamber Music Society, the national Fischoff Chamber Music Competition has since seen over 7,800 musicians compete, representing many states and nationalities.

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