From the Top comes to you this week from the premier competition for teenage chamber music in the country, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. We hear all the adrenaline-filled performances and Christopher O’Riley interviews the young musicians who have made it to the finals as they compete for the gold medal at this amazing gathering.
Alegrar Quartet: Inga Våga Gaustad , 16, violin; Oda Holt Günther, 15, violin; Michael Andreas Grolid , 17, viola; Brage Botn Seim, 16, cello; play "Shepherd's Dance," "Source," Sachidao," and "Rustic Dance" from Miniatures for String Quartet by Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925–1991).
Trio Adonais: Sammy Andonian, 17, violin; Mari Nagahara, 16, cello; John Gibson, 18, piano; play "Soliloquy" by Shulamit Ran.
Incendium Quartet: Geneva Lewis, 16, violin; Mei Zhan, 17, violin; Emma Wernig, 16, viola; Atticus Mellor-Goldman, 17, cello; play the first movement, Allegro non troppo, from String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2, by Johannes Brahms.
Incendium Quartet: Geneva Lewis, 16, violin; Mei Zhan, 17, violin; Emma Wernig, 16, viola; Atticus Mellor-Goldman, 17, cello; play the first movement, Allegro sostenuto, from String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 92, by Sergei Prokofiev.