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Akropolis Reed Quintet Wins Chamber Music Competitions


The Akropolis Reed Quintet, founded at UM in 2009, won the Grand Prize of two national chamber music competitions in consecutive weekends. On March 26th they competed and won a grand prize of $3,000 at the finals of the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The state and division qualifying rounds were held in October and January respectively. On April 2nd they competed in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition semi-finals after being invited from a round of CD submissions along with professional chamber music ensembles from (or formerly of) the United State's most prestigious music conservatories, including Yale, the Cleveland Institute, Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, and others. Akropolis was one of five ensembles selected to participate in the final round at the Missouri Theater on Sunday April 3rd, where the judges selected them as co-grand prize winners. They shared the honor with the Aeolus String Quartet, the first time the judges have ever granted a tie for grand prize ($3,500 to each ensemble).

Along their two grand prize journeys, Akropolis made waves as the first reed quintet to succeed in the United States' national chamber music competitions. Their program, in addition to its unique original music for "reed quintet," included a transcription of Rameau'sNouvelle Harpsichord Suite. The energy, originality, and technical execution of their program transcended classical chamber music tradition, winning over Plowman's acclaimed panel of judges: pianist Anne Epperson, violinist Peter Salaff (founder of the world renowned and Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet), and former U-M professor and internationally recognized clarinetist David Shifrin. Akropolis is particularly honored to have shared the grand prize stage with a polished and successful string quartet like Aeolus, proving that there are no boundaries for excellent chamber music.

Akropolis is: Tim Gocklin - oboe (junior); Kari Dion - clarinet (senior); Matt Landry - saxophone (recent graduate)
Andrew Koeppe - bass clarinet (masters); and Ryan Reynolds - bassoon (junior).

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