June 8, 2005
The Euclid Quartet, in residence at Morningside College, placed third in the 5th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa held in May in Osaka, Japan.
Members of the quartet include Jameson Cooper, violin; Jacob Murphy, violin; Luis Vargas, viola; and Amy Joseph, cello.
The two-week long Osaka competition is held every three years and is a major competition for chamber music ensembles from around the world. The Euclid Quartet was initially selected from more than 160 applicants based on recorded auditions. Fifty-seven ensembles from 28 countries, including eight string ensembles, were then invited to compete in the final rounds of competition in Osaka. Sponsored by the Japan Chamber Music Foundation, the Osaka event consisted of three rounds of competition judged by internationally acclaimed musicians. The Euclid Quartet was the only string ensemble from the United States to win a prize.
This was the first year the Euclid Quartet competed in the festival. They performed works by Haydn, Debussy, Bartok, Berg, Beethoven, and Miyoshi. The quartet was also invited by the judges to perform Bartok’s 4th String Quartet during the winner’s concert held on May 25, at Izumi Hall in Osaka.
The Euclid Quartet has been part of the Morningside College music faculty since 2001 while continuing to perform locally, nationally, and internationally both as a quartet and as solo musicians. They also serve as faculty for the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, which offers private lessons, monthly workshops, and performance opportunities for musicians from beginner to adult.