ENSEMBLE COMPETITION

The 2006 ICMEC competition attracted forty chamber music ensembles from various states and the most prestigious musical institutions, such as The Juilliard School of Music, The New England Conservatory, The Walnut Hill School of Art, The Moores School of Music from the University of Houston, The Longy School of Music, The Boston Conservatory, University of Utah School of Music and many others.

The ICMEC auditions were held at New England Conservatory in March and April of 2006. Groups competed in five age groups and eight chamber music categories including piano duos, piano trios, piano quartets, sonata duos, jazz and folk ensembles, ensembles with winds and baroque ensembles. Many out-of-state chamber music ensembles submitted video recordings (DVD or VHS) for their first audition round. The best of these out-of-state ensembles were invited for a live audition at New England Conservatory Williams Hall on May 25, 2006.

The fifteen best chamber music ensembles, all First Prize Winners performed at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York on May 29, 2006. Click here for the Concert Program. During this concert a panel of Honorable Judges selected a 2006 ICMEC Grand Prize Winner, Festivus Quartet, from the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Chamber Music program.

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Runner-up was the Oberon Sextet from the Walnut Hill School of Arts. Twelve Second Prize Winners performed at a winners concert at NEC Williams Hall on May 27, 2006. The Third Prize Winners and Honorable Mention Award recipients took part in an awards ceremony at NEC Williams Hall at 7:30 p.m. on May 27, 2006. At the awards ceremony three ensembles received Honorable Mention Award certificates.

For information about the First International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition click on 2005 ICMEC.