January 9, 2018
Congratulations to the Penrose Quintet, made up of Virginia Tech students, took First Prize in the 2nd edition of the international competition The Art of Chamber Music.
The Penrose Quintet has been together only since September, but has been a part of many master classes including the Beo String Quartet and Emily Ondracek- Peterson. The group was also selected to be featured in a masterclass with celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Moss Arts Center.
The Art of Chamber Music, an annual global online competition, welcomes entries in two age groups, with selected music from the baroque, classical, romantic, or contemporary periods. The competition is divided into a qualifying round (pre-screening) and a final round. It is open to chamber music ensembles of all nationalities and countries. The 2017 competition had participants from the United States, Canada, Russia, Singapore, and Spain.
The Penrose Quintet is comprised of members Nathan Folta, violin; John Katahira, violin; Katie Heltzel, viola; Elena Porter, cello; and Mimi Zhang, piano, who study with School of Performing Arts faculty members John Irrera, Alan Weinstein, and Tracy Cowden. The Quintet also had the honor of recently performing for Yo Yo Ma's master class at the Moss Arts Center.