The 2008 ICMEC attracted more than seventy chamber ensembles that include musicians from Italy, Argentina, Germany, Japan, Spain, Canada, Israel and the United States. These ensembles came from the most prestigious musical institutions, such as New England Conservatory, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Yale University, Eastman School of Music, Hartt School of Music, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Phillips Academy, Mannes College of Music, University of Houston - Moores School of Music, Rice University - Shepherd School of Music and many others.

The ICMEC auditions were held at Boston University in April and May of this year. Groups competed in five age groups and nine chamber music categories including piano duos, piano trios, piano quartets, sonata duos, jazz and folk ensembles, ensembles with winds and string and vocal ensembles. The First Prize Winners performed in an awards concert, May 26 in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, where a Grand Prize Winner was selected by a Panel of Honorable Judges. Click here for the First Prize Winners Concert Program. The Second Prize Winners performed in an awards concert on May 24, 2008 at The First Church in Boston. The Third Prize Winners were honored in an awards ceremony at The First Church in Boston on May 24, 2008. Several ensembles received an Honorable Mention Certificate.

After a long and thorough deliberation the grand prize jury panel declared Arabesque Winds the 2008 ICMEC Grand Prize Winner. Arabesque Winds consisting of Deidre Huckabay, flute, Liz Spector, oboe, Isabel Kim, clarinet, Eryn Bauer, bassoon and Sophie Goluses, horn gave an astounding performance in the final round of the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, performing Sechs Bagatelle by Gy├Ârgy Ligeti.

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Click here to view the 2006 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition results. Click here to read more about the 2005 First International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.