$100,000 M-PRIZE GRAND PRIZE WINNER AIZURI QUARTET TO JOIN CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD’S ROSTER
The Aizuri Quartet, formed in 2012 and based in New York City, has received critical acclaim from The New York Times for its “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative” programs and was praised by The Washington Post for “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique and emotions.”
The quartet—which includes members Ariana Kim (violin), Miho Saegusa (violin), Ayane Kozasa (viola) and Karen Ouzounian (cello)—was recently awarded first prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and are the 2017-18 MetLiveArts String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In addition to management with CAG, which is part of a new partnership with the M-Prize, the Aizuri Quartet will receive performance and residency opportunities with prestigious presenters including the University Musical Society (Ann Arbor) and National Sawdust (Brooklyn), as well as recording opportunities with Azica Records (Cleveland), and numerous other concert series nationwide through CAG’s Performance Prize Presenter network.
The partnership of CAG and M-Prize evolved out of their shared goal to discover the most outstanding young chamber ensembles and to help launch and advance the careers of these groups. Steve Shaiman, CAG’s Senior Vice President and Director of Artist Management, said, “We are delighted to welcome the Aizuri Quartet to the CAG roster as a result of this new collaboration with M-Prize, and the Quartet’s clear level of excellence and innovation is a perfect example of the kind of ensembles that CAG and M-Prize endeavor to discover, nurture and promote.”
The current CAG roster also features numerous M-Prize laureate ensembles, including the Donald Sinta Quartet, Argus Quartet, PUBLIQuartet, and the 2018 M-Prize 2nd place winner in the senior strings category, the Verona Quartet.
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