Photo ©/courtesy of Michigan Photography, Daryl Marshke, University of Michigan
CMS congratulates the Calidore String Quartet, winner of the inaugural M-Prize. Presented by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, the $100,000 prize was announced Thursday evening following the grand prize gala competition. Intended to discover and showcase chamber music ensembles of exceptional talent, the M-Prize is the largest chamber music competition in the world in terms of both prize money and number of applications.
The Quartet commented on the prize:
The incredible exposure of the M-Prize Competition combined with its unprecedented financial support gives us the ability to create and promote new projects like recordings, commissioning new music and other creative initiatives. The M-Prize will also support our growing international presence, allowing us to share our music across the globe. We look forward to performing and developing a relationship with the prestigious series that partnered with the competition. As the inaugural grand-prize winners we will strive to expand the audience for chamber music and carry on the legacy of our art form.