COLUMBIA — Aeolus String Quartet of the University of Texas at Austin and the Akropolis Reed Quintet of the University of Michigan each won the $3,500 grand prize at the fifth Plowman Chamber Music Competition at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.
The Plowman Chamber Music Competition was created in 2006 to provide an opportunity for non-professional musicians to perform and be judged by nationally-chosen judges.
This year's judges included pianist Anne Epperson of the University of Texas-Austin; violinist Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Quartet; and clarinetist David Shifrin of Yale University and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
The following prizes were given:
- First place in Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion: West Circle Saxophone Quartet of Michigan State University in East Lansing
- Honorable mention: Axiom Brass of Chicago and the Noble Piano Trio of Yale University
- Hugo Vianello Audience Prize: the Noble Piano Trio
- Judges' recognition: Beaubliss String Quartet of Rutgers University
The Plowman competition will now be held every other year.