5th Annual Chamber Music Competition Update
Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2021 Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition! The Sycamore Trio (Tobias Liu, Evan Nicholson, and Grace Peng) took home the highest honors, with a Grand Prize trophy and $2000. Quartet le Petit (Didi Stone, Lucas Nyman, Jodie Stone, and Richard Wang) won 2nd Prize as well as the School Prize, taking home over $1500 in total. Trio con Brio (Aidan Payne, Jonathan Fuller, and Rajath Prabhakar) won 3rd prize and $600, and the Mozart Trio (Brayden Wilson, Cal Walrath, and Stanley Yeboah) took 4th place with a $400 prize.
The Competition began at noon on Saturday, May 29, and the Awards Concert followed at 4:00 PM. Competition judge William Fred Scott hosted the Awards Concert in which the grand prize winning Sycamore Trio performed, as did the Franklin Pond Quartet and the other competition judges, pianist Elizabeth Pridgen and violinist Sergiu Schwartz.
Click to watch these great performances!
- Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major – performed by Sergiu Schwartz, Elizabeth Pridgen, and members of Franklin Pond Quartet
- Schubert’s “Quartettsatz” – performed by the Franklin Pond Quartet (FPQ)
- Arensky’s Piano Trio No, 1 in d minor – performed by the Grand Prize winning Sycamore Trio
Thank you to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church for the use of their stunning and spacious sanctuary; Melanie Darby from Spivey Hall, who worked tirelessly to make the event go as smoothly as possible; the Gable Foundation for sponsoring the competition prizes; and the competitors themselves, who persevered through a dark and difficult year to achieve this success.
The 2021 Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition grand prize winning ensemble, the Sycamore Trio, performs Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor. Tobias Liu, violin; Grace Peng, piano; and Evan Nicholson, cello.