The Sophos Trio, a Bay Area-based ensemble, won the top prize at the School of Music’s Yehudi Menuhin Seminar for Chamber Music on February 21. At an afternoon concert, the teenaged trio took home The Jane Galante First Prize, a $1000 award made possible by a generous gift from The Joyce McLean Fellowship Fund for the Menuhin Seminar. Sophos Trio is comprised of violinist Andrew Lee, cellist Jeremy Tai and pianist Hana Mizuta. Susan Bates coaches the trio.
Trio Volare took home The Jane Galante Second Prize, worth $500 and made possible by a generous gift from Norma Siani-Alston. The ensemble is comprised of violinist Jo Griffin, cellist Hannah Scarborough and pianist Cami Akioka. Trio Volare is also coached by Bates.
The Setoma Trio won The Jane Galante Third Prize, worth $250 and made possible by a generous gift from David and Judy Preves Anderson. The ensemble is comprised of violinist Sean Mori, cellist Woongchan Tony Lee and pianist Maggie Pan. Jessica Chang coaches the Setoma Trio.
The Cambiata Quartet won the Judges Fourth Prize, made possible by a generous gift from The SF State School of Music. The quartet is comprised of violinists Andrew Lee and Raymond So, violist Patricia Tang and cellist Elena Ariza. Aenea Keyes coaches the Cambiata Quartet on behalf of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s pre-college division.
About the Yehudi Menuhin Seminar for Chamber Music
The Menuhin Seminar provides young chamber music ensembles from throughout California the opportunity to participate in master classes and concerts with Music faculty. Ensembles compete for cash prizes and Music scholarships to SF State. The Amphion String Quartet served as judge for this year’s seminar.
Launched in 2003 to honor the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s association with San Francisco and SF State, this event advances the belief that music has the power to create understanding and transcend differences between people. Directed by Cyrus Ginwala.
Photo: The Sophos Trio performs. From left: Andrew Lee, Hana Mizuta and Jeremy Tai. Courtesy of Young Chamber Musicians.