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NEWS RELEASE: Chamber Music International Announces the Winners for the First Annual STUDENT CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION

DALLAS, April 4, 2004. Chamber Music International (CMI), a non-profit organization that for 18 years has offered performances of the world’s most enduring and beautiful music played by its most acclaimed virtuosos is proud to announce the winners to its first annual Student Chamber Music Competition.

CMI sponsored this Competition to broaden awareness of chamber music and encourage young artists to apply their talents to this art form. This competition is very unusual because it is devoted exclusively to the performance of chamber music.

A total of 38 talented young musicians were finalists in the competition which had two divisions: high school and college.

The judge for the competition, the renowned violist, Atar Arad, commented several times about the high level on artistry he had the great fortune of experiencing in this competition.

The Top Prizes of $2,000 for the College Division was won by The Beethoven String Trio, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
The $1,000 Top Prize for the High School Division was won by The Camerata String Quartet, Houston. The Second Prizes of $500 for College went to The Enso String Quartet, Rice University, Houston. Second place winners in the High School Division was shared by Arcata String Quartet, San Antonio and The GDYO String Quartet, Dallas.

In addition to the prizes, top winners will perform at the beautiful Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas on April 30th, 2004. WRR-FM is a key sponsor for this competition.

Mr. Phillip Lewis, Professor of Violin at North Texas University and Artistic Director said, “Two principles guide CMI: To provide the best the world has to offer in terms of musical performances and to inspire and motivate the children of our community to strive for that excellence. This competition program has addressed both these goals. First, it offered serious music students an opportunity to perform in a chamber music only venue. Second, it will offer winners a rare opportunity to perform in a public performance, serving as both reward for hard work and encouragement to others. The joy we see in these students is extremely rewarding, particularly because it shows us that the future is bright for classical music lovers everywhere.”

Chamber Music International has other programs devoted to broadening awareness of classical music and chamber music in particular. For several years, Chamber Music International has used its Mozart Outreach Program to introduce students in the community’s public schools to the beauty of chamber music. Students get a chance to meet our talented virtuosi, talk to them talk about their music as well as enjoy excerpts from an upcoming concert. In 2004 the Program will go to Booker T. Washington School, part of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). Chamber Music International has brought the Mozart Programs in previous years to James Madison High School (DISD) and to W.E. Greiner Middle School (DISD).

Chamber Music International provides some of the finest musical programming to be found in the Dallas area, including our Dallas (Caruth Auditorium) and Richardson (at the new Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts) series.

CMI is a non-profit arts organization that is funded in part by the City of Richardson through the City of Richardson Arts Commission, the Texas Commission on the Artsx, the City of Dallas OCA, and TACA. Season sponsors are the Dallas Morning News and WRR-FM.

For information on artists and dates please contact Anita Schmidt, General Manager at 972-385-7267 or 214-324-0556 or visit CMI On-line

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