After division win, Amore String Quartet sets sights on nationals
calendar icon17 Jan 2019
LINCOLN, Neb.— The Amore String Quartet, which includes undergrads Claudia Holm, An Tran, Travis Taylor and Riley Beranek of the Glenn Korff School of Music, was recently named the winner in the West Central Division MTNA Competition “Chamber Music String”.
“I’m so excited to be competing at MTNA Nationals with three incredible friends and musicians,” Holm said. “Also, it’s really cool to be representing the chamber/string program at GKSOM at a national level.”
The Quartet was formed three years ago, but the current members have been together for one year. They competed in a video round for the divisional, where they recorded all of their pieces and then submitted them to the judges.
“I’m happy that our hard work has brought us to representing Nebraska at the National MTNA Competition,” Tran said. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share our performance at a national level.”
They played movements I and IV from Haydn’s “Frog” Quartet, movements II and IV from Ravel String Quartet, and movement II from Brahms String Quartet No. 1.
“Finding out we made it to the national level of this competition is such an honor and a relief,” Taylor said. “The recording process really took a lot from all of us and I am so happy that it paid off. Overall, I just feel really excited for the opportunity to travel and perform with my quartet.”
They would like to say thank you to all of their coaches, professors, family and friends who have supported them in their journey as a string quartet.
“I am quite honored about winning and getting to compete at a national level,” Beranek said. “I am also grateful for the opportunity to attend the MTNA conference. This will be a worthwhile experience for me.”