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Fisching for Excellence in Chamber Music

Akropolis Reed Quintet

Akropolis Reed Quintet

Wednesday at 12:15 pm

This week’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert welcomes the 2014 Fischoff Competition gold medalists. They had walked away with the silver medal in 2012, before clenching the gold in 2014. In July, the Akropolis Reed Quintet was presented with the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award for their imaginative programming for children. The Akropolis Reed Quintet came together in 2009 at the University of Michigan.

Every year, approximately 125 chamber music groups enter the Fischoff Competition in South Bend, Indiana. According to organizers, over 20 nationalities are represented.


Akropolis bassoonist Ryan Reynolds coaches a young player at the Musikhochschule M√ľnster, c. Ralf Emmerich






Musicians age 18 and under compete for scholarships, $6,000 in prize money, and an appearance on NPR’s popular radio series From the Top (Sundays at 7:00 pm). Musicians age 18 to 35 are eligible for the seniors division and compete for $28,000 in cash and the Grand Prize Winner’s Tour.

The competition began with six entrants in 1973; it had been the vision of Joe Fischoff and the South Bend Chamber Music Society to stage an event that would encourage the next generation of ensembles. Past winners include Joshua Bell, Eighth Blackbird, the Cypress Quartet, Imani Winds, the Pacifica String Quartet, and Quintet Attacca.

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