Annual High School Chamber Music Competition


2014 Rembrandt Young Artists

Our 19th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition
was held on February 2, 2014 at Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University.

Congratulations to our 2014 Rembrandt Young Artists!

1st Place: Vox Quartet
Serena Harnack, Hansuh Rhee, Mira Williams, Nathan Mo, coached by Mathias Tacke
Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago

1st Place: Precipice Saxophone Quartet
Justin Udnay, Lizzy Amber Rangel, Logan Curry, Shane Woods, coached by Shawn Tracy
Merit School of Music

2nd Place: Quarter Fuoco
Rachel Stenzel, Aidon Perreault, David Berghoff, Chris Gao, coached by Mathias Tacke
Midwest Young Artists

Honorable Mention:
Trio Anima
Steven Song, Leevy Williams, David Hou, coached by Elaine Felder
Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago

Amethyst Piano Trio
Harriet Han, Daniel Kaler, Yoan Ganav, coached by Robert Bassill
Midwest Young Artists


2013 Rembrandt Young Artists

Our 18th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition
was held on February 3, 2013 at Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University.

Congratulations to our 2013 Rembrandt Young Artists!*

2nd Place: Acaso String Quartet
Harriet Han, Owen Ruff, Cordelia Brand, Martin Nyberg
Midwest Young Artists

2nd Place: Precipice Saxophone Quartet
Justin Udry, Natalia Drozdoff, Moises Contreras, Shane Woods
Merit School of Music

Honorable Mentions:
Horn Revolution
Jamie Pfauth, Bob O'Sullivan, David Sweeney, Niranthi Karunaratne
Merit School of Music

Pogo Pogo Brass Quintet
Joaquin Gomez, Ricky Zapata, Jake Mezena, Bob O'Sullivan, Tanner Jackson
Merit School of Music

*Please note: no first place was awarded this year


2012 Rembrandt Young Artists

Our 17th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition
was held on February 5, 2012 at Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University.

Congratulations to our 2012 Winners!

1st Place (the Gunzberg-Gross Award): The Meshugene Quartet
Rachel Stenzel, Lise Chertok, Ariel Chapman, Chris Gao
Midwest Young Artists
(Hear their winning performance on YouTube)

2nd Place: Contrapunctus
Alan Snow, James Hanford, Andrea Ferguson, Miles Link
Midwest Young Artists

Honorable Mentions:

No Strings Attached Woodwind Trio
Midwest Young Artists

Mosaic Winds
Merit School of Music
No Strings Attached Brass Quintet
Merit School of Music

The Bone Rangers
Merit School of Music


2011 Rembrandt Young Artists

Our 16th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition
was held on February 6, 2011 at Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University.

Congratulations to our 2011 winners!

1st Place (the Gunzberg-Gross Award): The Schroeder Trio 
Kevin Hu, Stephanie Block, Ben Manis
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

2nd Place: The Bone Rangers 
Jake Mezera, Doug Meng, Royce Harrington-Turner, Tanner Jackson
Merit School of Music

Honorable Mention:
Quartet Sienna
Midwest Young Artists

Ensemble with the Most Audience Supporters: Amati String Quartet
Claire Bourg, Alaina Rea, Jonathan Luk, Mark Megremis
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra


2010 Rembrandt Young Artists

Our 15th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition
was held on January 31, 2010.

** Click to see the video from our 2010 Competition

1st Place (the Gunzberg-Gross Award): S*M*A*K
Kevin Hu, Michael Rau, Stephanie Block, Ava Tan
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

2nd Place: Da Brass
Alex Laskey, Daniel Taubenheim, Caleb Wiebe, Kathleen De Amico, Spencer Brown
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Honorable Mentions:

Trio Bravo
Midwest Young Artists

The Bone Rangers
Merit School of Music
Vivace Trio
Midwest Young Artists

Metal & Wood
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

S*M*A*K also received a special prize for having the most audience supporters, followed closely by the Adelphi Flute Quartet (CYSO).



** Click to see the video from our 2009 Competition



Evolution of Rembrandt’s Youth Competition

In 2007, the RYA (Rembrandt Young Artists) designation was established enabling Competition winners and runners up to represent RCP by performing in various settings for the entire year.  Rembrandt also enhanced and expanded its high school chamber music competition in four ways:

  • Created a free listening/learning experience by opening the Competition to the public and informing the audience of the judges’ criteria for rating student performances.
  • Designed a competition within the competition, rewarding the ensemble that attracted the most audience attendees.
  • Sought outreach performance opportunities for the talented young musicians to bring chamber music to community venues such as schools, senior centers, libraries and synagogues/churches.
  • Took first steps to create an Alumni Group of former winners to inspire and mentor today’s talented high school chamber musicians.

Recognition of past winners

Recent winners will attend this year’s competition to present awards and share experiences as RYA protégées of the Rembrandt Chamber Players.  Past RYA winners have won other important competitions and many have outstanding careers with prestigious orchestras throughout the USA including the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Rembrandt Chamber Players welcomes email correspondence regarding the whereabouts and musical careers of past winners.



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