Amstel Quartet Wins in New York
The Concert Artists Guild awarded the Amstel Quartet two of its prestigious prizes today. The CAG Management Award includes a management contract along with appearances for the Amstel Quartet in the 2006-2007 CAG concert series. The Quartet also was awarded the coveted Audience Prize.
Over 350 soloists and ensembles submitted recordings, with 60 selected for live semi-final auditions in New York City. Thirteen finalists were invited to compete in the finals before a distinguished panel of judges. The Amstel Quartet, along with the other winners, performed in a special Awards Showcase gala in the renowned Carnegie Hall.
At the Awards Showcase, CAG president Richard Weinert said, “The overall level of competition was one of the highest ever and that quality is reflected in the strength and diversity of the winners. We are extremely proud and excited to begin working with these wonderful musicians.”
Previous awards for the Amstel Quartet include: the Kersjes van de Groenekan Award (The Netherlands, 2005); the Illzach Chamber Music Competition (France, 2005); the Gaudeamus Competition (The Netherlands, 2005, second prize); the Chamber Music in Yellowsprings Competition (US, 2004); the Uitmarkt Audience Award (The Netherlands, 2004) and the Almere Chamber Music Award (The Netherlands, 2001).
The Amstel Quartet will tour the Americas and Asia, as well as return to Carnegie Hall, in 2007.