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Amadeus Quintet

Joey Comella, violin
Minori Hayakawa, violin
Yosen Wang, viola
Chris Fedor, cello
Ariana Chiu, piano

The Amadeus Quintet is an ensemble of five 17-year old musicians, all members or alumnus of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO). Coached by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) violinist Dennis O'Boyle, Amadeus was originally organized as a string quartet in September of 2015 under the Youth Chamber Connection program, managed by Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras. In September 2016, the group wanted to aspire to a new level by adding Dvořák's Piano Quintet No. 2 to their repertoire, so they invited PYSO pianist, Ariana Chiu, to join the ensemble.

As a quartet, Amadeus placed second in the prestigious The American Prize in Chamber Music, 2016-17 High School Division. They also took 2nd Place in the 2017 ENKOR International Music Competition for Chamber Music. Besides, the quintet recently won the Pittsburgh Concert Society 2017 Young Artists Auditions. They were also selected as an Alternate in the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition sponsored by the University of Michigan.

Dedicated to promoting chamber music throughout the Pittsburgh community, the ensemble was featured in Tiffany Concert Series for two seasons, performed live on local radio shows, provided pre-concert recitals in Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall and Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland, and entertained at local museums. Amadeus has also appeared in public and private venues, including the Pittsburgh Speakers Series and the Shadyside Splendor (a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra fundraising event), and WQED Royal Birthday Celebration (a fundraising event for a classical music radio station).

The students all agree that the best part of playing chamber music together is the connection they make as an ensemble. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from communicating and responding to each other through music - something a musician doesn't experience when playing solo music. The entire process is enjoyable, whether it's rehearsing or performing. They have learned that hard work is important, but having fun and collaborating is just as important in making great music together.

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