Thank you for three great years…

 

With deep appreciation for the incredible artistry that the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition has had the pleasure of celebrating over the last three years, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) has regrettably determined that financial support for the competition cannot be sustained. As a result, the M-Prize Competition has terminated and will not return in 2019.

 

“M-Prize was an exciting and important enterprise that helped raise the profile of the chamber arts in such a vital way,” said Dave Gier, dean of SMTD. “The competition not only gave chamber ensembles from around the world much-deserved attention and support, but it also highlighted SMTD’s ardent commitment to the genre, which will steadfastly continue. Unfortunately, it is not possible to maintain the financial structure needed to continue M-Prize while also supporting SMTD’s own growth in chamber music and its many other disciplines.”

 

“We are profoundly grateful to U-M Office of the Provost and an anonymous donor, both of whom made it possible for SMTD to run the competition for three inspirational years,” said Matt Albert, outgoing artistic director of M-Prize and chair of SMTD’s Department of Chamber Music. “We are also grateful for the vision illustrated and spearheaded by the faculty Steering Committee and former dean Aaron Dworkin. It has been a great honor to work with the committee, our extraordinary jurors, and SMTD’s administrative team in bringing M-Prize to life, and it has been a joy to witness, first hand, the spectacular talent that is making the future of chamber music so rich and so assured.”

PRIZES*

Senior Division Junior Division 2017 Results 2016 Results
average age may not exceed 35
Grand Prize - $100,000 + performance on the UMS Chamber Arts Series & at National Sawdust
+ management by Concert Artists Guild & recording with Azica Records

The M-Prize Winner is selected from one of three 1st Place Laureate Ensembles during the Gala Concert at Hill Auditorium on May 6, 2018.

The M-Prize Winner will receive a $100,000 total cash prize for the ensemble.

The M-Prize Winner will perform on a UMS Chamber Arts Series Concert

Strings

1st Place - $20,000**

2nd Place - $8,000

3rd Place - $5,000

Winds

1st Place - $20,000**

2nd Place - $8,000

3rd Place - $5,000

Open

1st Place - $20,000**

2nd Place - $8,000

3rd Place - $5,000

Additional performances/residencies may be awarded. 1st Place Senior Laureates will advance to the Concert Artists Guild Competition Semi-Finals.

*Tax consequences may arise for winning ensembles.
**The $20,000 Senior Division Award that an ensemble receives as a 1st Place Laureate Ensemble is part of the Grand Prize and not additional to the $100,000. The $20,000 Senior Division Award also includes a residency at U-M during the 2018-19 academic year

ages 18 and under
Strings

1st Place - $5,000

2nd Place - $3,000

3rd Place - $2,000

Winds

1st Place - $5,000

2nd Place - $3,000

3rd Place - $2,000

Open

1st Place - $5,000

2nd Place - $3,000

3rd Place - $2,000

*Tax consequences may arise for winning ensembles.

 

2016 $100,000 Grand Prize Winner

Calidore String Quartet

The quartet members-Jeff Myers and Ryan Meehan (violins), Jeremy Berry (viola) and Estelle Choi (cello)-are currently artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University-New York. They were appointed to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two roster for the 2016-19 seasons.

 

2017 $100,000 Grand Prize Winner

Russian Renaissance

The ensemble from Moscow presents “high calibre traditional folk music through a modern lens” and includes members Ivan Kuznetsov (balalaika), Anastasia Zakharova (domra), Aleksandr Tarasov (button-accordion) and Ivan Vinogradov (balalaika-contrabasso). View their performance

 

2018 $100,000 Grand Prize Winner

Aizuri Quartet

For All Competition Information, including Eligibility and Repertoire, view M-Prize 2018 Guidelines.

For questions about the competition, please email mprizedirector@umich.edu.

After reviewing applications in the Preliminary Rounds, our Screening Jury will select approximately 36 ensembles to compete in the live rounds of competition from May 3-6, 2018, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Semi-Finalists will be notified of their status by March 1, 2018.

Semi-Finalists are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Semi-Finalists should plan to travel and rehearse on May 3, 2018; adjudicated competition rounds will begin on May 4, 2018. All rounds of competition will be completed by 7PM EST on Sunday, May 6, 2018

All rounds of M-Prize will be livestreamed, including the Grand Prize Gala Concert by Detroit Public Television.

2018 Jury Advisory Board Leadership

Lois R. Beznos Former President, Chamber Music Society of Detroit; Founder, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award

Janet Cowperthwaite Managing Director, Kronos Quartet and Kronos Performing Arts Association

Roberto Díaz Violist, President and CEO, The Curtis Institute of Music

Hank Dutt Violist, Kronos Quartet

David Finckel Former Cellist, Emerson String Quartet and Co-Artistic Director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Kenneth Fischer Former President, University Musical Society

Joseph Gramley Multi-percussionist, Chamber Musician, Soloist; Associate Artistic Director, The Silk Road Ensemble; Faculty and Director of Percussion Studies, University of Michigan

Wu Han Pianist, Co-Artistic Director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

David Harrington Violinist, Kronos Quartet

John Hollenbeck Jazz Drummer, Composer, and Faculty, McGill University

Heinz Holliger Internationally Acclaimed Oboe Soloist, Composer, and Conductor

Members of Imani Winds - Valerie Coleman, Flutist and Composer; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Oboist; Mark Dover, Clarinetist; Monica Ellis, Bassoonist; Jeff Scott, Hornist and Composer

Fritz Kaenzig Tubist and Faculty, University of Michigan

Joseph Kalichstein Pianist, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Faculty, The Juilliard School

Ida Kavafian Violinist and Faculty, The Curtis Institute of Music

Alex Klein Grammy Award Winning Oboist

Glen Kwok Executive Director, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and Former President, World Federation of International Music Competitions

Margaret Lioi CEO, Chamber Music America

Menahem Pressler Pianist and Founding Member, Beaux Arts Trio and Faculty, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University

Astrid Schween Cellist, Juilliard Quartet

Lucy Shelton Soprano, Walter W. Naumburg Award Winner (twice) and Faculty, Manhattan School of Music

John Sherba Violinist, Kronos Quartet

Donald Sinta Saxophonist and Faculty Emeritus, University of Michigan

Arnold Steinhardt Former 1st Violinist, Guarneri Quartet

Carol Wincenc Grammy Award Winning Flutist and Faculty, The Juilliard School

Sunny Yang Cellist, Kronos Quartet

Matt Albert | Artistic Director
Melody Racine | Interim Dean
Aaron Dworkin | Senior Advisor
Steering Committee

Mark Clague Interim Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Musicology, Entrepreneurship & Leadership

Joseph Gramley Multi-percussionist, Chamber Musician, Soloist; Associate Artistic Director, The Silk Road Ensemble; Faculty and Director of Percussion Studies, University of Michigan

Ellen Rowe Professor of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

Stephen Shipps Professor of Violin and Chair of Strings

Amy I-Lin Cheng Lecturer of Piano