Academy Trio Takes Silver Medal at Fischoff

Three Academy students returned from South Bend Indiana with silver medals after performing in South at the 2013 Fischoff Competition, the world’s largest chamber music competition, which accepts around 125 chamber ensembles each year. The ensemble, known as the Mazel Trio, includes Dylan Naroff on violin, Daniel Blumhard on cello, and Ariela Bohrod on piano.

The Trio’s May performances were the just final step in a process that began almost a year earlier when the group formed in hopes of going to the competition. After submitting a recording, the trio was accepted into the junior division of the competition for musicians ages 18 and under. The Mazel Trio proceeded through three rounds before earning second place in the finals.

“The Fischoff barely felt like a competition at all,” said Ariela. “We got to meet some amazing kids who share our love for music, and these kids weren't really ‘competitors' at all; they are friends who I know we will see in the future. Also, hearing the groups in the senior division play was so inspiring, and playing for judges who are our idols was such an honor.”

Cello instructor, Cris Campbell, the group's coach, noted that the Mazel Trio was a joy to work with. “They worked like dogs, fought like tigers and played like artists. They all have strong personalities, yet they were always able to come to agreement and put the music first, above and beyond their personal preferences about sound and phrasing. They are a truly special group of musicians."

“Making it to the finals of the Fischoff was a dream come true, and taking home the silver medal was simply incredible,” said Ariela. “It feels so good to share this honor with Dan and Dylan, and with our wonderful coach, Mr. Crispin Campbell.”

The Mazel Trio played the following repertoire for the Fischoff Competition:
Beethoven Trio in Eb Major, Op.1, No. 1, first movement, Allegro
Mendelssohn Trio in D Minor, Op. 49, second movement, Andante con moto tranquillo
Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67, fourth movement, Allegretto

While cellist Daniel Blumhard will be a senior at the Arts Academy next year, his partners will be moving on with Dylan Naroff attending the Colburn School in Los Angeles and Ariela studying at Mannes College in New York City.