Notre Dame, IN - October 1, 2021 - The Fischoff is pleased to announce the continuation of its annual Gold Medal Tour in person, featuring the Risus Quartet, winners of the 2021 Fischoff Competition Senior String Division Gold Medal and Grand Prize Winners.

This award-winning group was formed in South Korea and is now based in Austin, Texas. It includes members Haeni Lee (violinist), Jieun Yoo (violinist), Mary Eunkyung Chang (viola), Bobae Lee (Cello).

The Risus Quartet is the quartet in residence at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin’s Young Professional String Quartet Program. The group received both the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Risus Quartet takes its name from the Latin word Risus, which means to laugh. Through music and performance, the quartet strives to bring joy and laughter to audiences and inspire future generations of classical lovers.

Each fall, the Senior Division Gold Medal winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition return to the Midwest to perform in concert venues, community centers and schools in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.

Fischoff's Executive Director, Kara Kane explains, "Each year is such a pleasure presenting these incredible young musicians. Their passion for the music and the sheer joy they have in presenting it is contagious. And to get to hear them live will be an absolute thrill." Fischoff is delighted to be able to safely bring this year's Gold Medalists back on to concert stages and into classrooms.

Central to Fischoff’s mission is its commitment to provide innovative outreach sessions and masterclasses to local middle and high school students at no cost. Since 1995, Fischoff artist educators have personally inspired over 90,500 local youth.

We are thrilled to announce the tour schedule:
Saturday, October 2
Music @ the Fort Concert Series
Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Highwood, IL
7:00 p.m. (Central)

Sunday, October 3
Holy Cross Village Performance

Monday, October 4
Educational outreach events in Indiana
Masterclass with Fischoff Academy Students

Tuesday, October 5
Video Recording Project
Guarneri Hall, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 6
The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Chicago, IL
12:15 p.m. (Central)
Broadcast live at WFMT 98.7FM and at

Thursday and Friday, October 7-8
Educational outreach events in Indiana and Michigan

Saturday, October 9
Howard Center Presents Series
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
8:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Sunday, October 10
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Presenting Series,
LaBar Recital Hall, O'Neill Hall of Music, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

About Fischoff National Chamber Music Association
Founded in 1973 in South Bend, Indiana, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition has grown to become the largest chamber music competition in the United States, and one of the most prestigious classical music prizes attainable today. Since its founding, more than 7,600 musicians have participated, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education.

This unique arts organization has secured its place as the nation’s premier educational chamber music competition because of the caliber of its jurors, performance venues and well-known alumni. It is also known for extensive outreach programming during the competition and throughout the year. The Fischoff uniquely partners with competition alumni to bring free, innovative music programs directly to children of all ages in their own schools and community centers. Since 1995, these programs have served more than 90,500 community children, reaching more than 4,000 underserved and at-risk youth annually.

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