Founded in 2010, the American Prize recognizes ensembles within the professional, college/university and high school divisions
The first prize in the college/university division went to Granite Quartet of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Formed at the University of Michigan in 2018, Quartet Granitique is made up of violinists Ivan Suminskycellist Rumor Hannaclarinetist Leo Kimand pianist Yuting Ma.
Taking its name from a trademark of Messiaen’s ‘Quatuor pour la fin du temps’, the Quatuor Granitique has performed at the Kerrytown Concert House’s ‘Mad About Chamber Music Series’ as well as the television chamber music series from the Bloomfield Hills Library.
The quartet won second place in the 2021 MTNA String Chamber Music Competition and performed in masterclasses for Nico Muhly and Timothy McAllister. Their trainers are Amy Cheng, Matt Albert, Willam King and Andrew Jennings.
Second place in the college/university split was a tie between the Duo Barnes andDuo Schembri-Gallagher. Third place was also tied, betweenMermaid Duo and Connessa.
The professional division awarded the first prize to the Pan Pacific Set. The second prize was awarded to Trio Lounge and Flying windswhile third place was awarded to Rawlins Piano Trio and the Dunamis Piano Duo.
The school division named HB Plant HS Trumpet Set as first prize. Second place went to SEA reed trio and the third prize was tied between The Sparks String Quartet and The creek duo.