CAG is proud to announce the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition results:

Donald Sinta Quartet, saxophone quartet (First Prize)
Alexi Kenney, violin
Ko-Eun Yi, piano
PUBLIQuartet, string quartet (New Music/New Places Ensemble)


Donald Sinta Quartet saxophone quartet


Victor & Sono Elmaleh First Prize

Since forming in 2010, the Donald Sinta Quartet (DSQ) has achieved international renown for its recitals, concerto performances, and championing of cutting edge new repertoire. DSQ was the featured soloist with the Michigan Symphony band during its 2011 tour through China and Los Angeles. Active on the competition circuit, DSQ has received the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 2013 Coleman International Chamber Competition as well as the First Prize at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. Recent performances include recitals in Scotland and Greece, and at the Paris Conservatory, Versailles Conservatory, Selmer Paris Showroom, and Shanghai Conservatory.




AlexiHeadshotAlexi Kenney violin

Born in Palo Alto, California, 19-year-old violinist Alexi Kenney is the recipient of numerous awards, including Third Prize at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Manfred Grommek Prize at the 2013 Kronberg Academy Masterclasses. He has appeared as a soloist with the China Philharmonic Orchestra and in recital and quartet performances at Carnegie Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Mondavi Center. Alexi has performed at festivals including Caramoor’s “Rising Stars,” Music@Menlo and its Winter Residency, the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, and Yellow Barn. Alexi currently attends the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studies with Donald Weilerstein on the Richard Elias Scholarship, having previously studied with Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.




Ko-Eun Yi piano


Victor & Sono Elmaleh Piano Prize

Pianist Ko-Eun Yi has played with orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra. Ko-Eun was a Top Prize winner in the World Piano Competition, Widemann Competition, Kosciuzko Foundation Chopin Competition, and E-Competition, performing in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Phillips Gallery in Washington, DC. She is from Seoul, Korea and graduated with Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, completed her Professional Studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and is pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University.



PUBLIQuartet string quartet

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New Music/New Places Ensemble
Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize

Through creative, interactive programming and a deep commitment to audience inclusion, PUBLIQuartet injects fresh perspective into the classical music scene. Dubbed “independent-minded” by the New Yorker, and with a collective background in classical, jazz, world, and electro acoustic performance, PUBLIQuartet presents rare music from the classical repertoire as well as contemporary compositions and open-form improvisations that expand the stylistic norms of the traditional string quartet. The group has performed in a variety of venues from Lincoln Center and 92Y Tribeca to cafes and community spaces and has been presented by such organizations as the American Composers Orchestra, Queens College New Music Collective, and the Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space. Upcoming projects include a debut solo recital at Symphony Space in March 2014 and PUBLIQ Access, an Emerging Composers Program.