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May 12, 2020

Phillips Trio wins national chamber music competition

Evan Tsai ’21, Ariel Wang ’21, and Luke Henderson ’21 will give virtual performance with Music 500 on May 30

The Phillips Trio has been honored with first prize in the 47th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. This is the most prestigious worldwide competition for young musicians. Andover music students have placed in this competition before, but this is the first time an all-Andover group has won gold.

Since its founding, more than 6,800 musicians have participated in the competition, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in performance and education. This year, there were 130 chamber groups from 30-plus countries. Due to the pandemic, each applicant submitted videos online which were reviewed by a panel of renowned professional musicians. Bravo to these fantastic students, not only for their performances but for adapting to a virtual stage!

The Phillips Trio is composed of three students from the Class of 2021. Ariel Wang (piano), Luke Henderson (violin), and Evan Tsai (cello) decided to form the group as a result of three years of friendship and a lifetime love of chamber music. The group came together in the fall of 2019, with the goal of sharing music with the school and surrounding communities. They remain active in the chamber music program at Andover while working together online to create virtual chamber music as part of Holly Barnes’s Music 500 class. Stay tuned, as Music 500 will be giving a virtual performance on Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. EST.

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