Colburn School’s Quartet Integra Wins Second Prize and the Audience Prize at ARD International Music Competition

Los Angeles, CA (Saturday, September 10, 2022) – Colburn School’s Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence, Quartet Integra, was awarded Second Prize, the Audience Prize, and € 18.000 at the 2022 ARD International Music Competition, String Quartet Division, in Munich, Germany on September 10, 2022. The ARD International Music Competition is the largest international classical music competition in Germany and one of the most prestigious classical music competitions in the world. Quartet Integra was one of seventeen ensembles selected to compete.

Quartet Integra—Kyoka Misawa, violin, Rintaro Kikuno, violin, Itsuki Yamamoto, viola, and Anri Tsukiji, cello—formed in 2015 and won First Prize at the Bartok International Competition 2021 in Budapest. They have also won 1st prize, Beethoven prize, and the Grand Prix Award at the 8th Akiyoshidai Music Competition in April 2019. The ensemble studied under Kazuhide Isomura and Nobuko Yamazaki at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. The group is supported by a grant from the Matsuo Foundation.

Quartet Integra is the second ensemble to hold the position of Colburn School’s Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence, after the Viano String Quartet. In this two-year role, Quartet Integra will uphold chamber music as a pillar of Colburn and benefit from coachings, performance opportunities, and teaching possibilities.

About the Colburn School

A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers over 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.

The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.
The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, musical theater, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.

The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This residential program balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.

Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field.

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