Young musicians from across the globe gather at Notre Dame for prestigious Fischoff Competition, May 8-10

by Michael O. Garvey

Fischoff ensemble

The 42nd Annual Fischoff Competition, the largest chamber music competition in the nation, will be held Friday to Sunday (May 8 to 10) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association and annually hosted by Notre Dame over the course of three days, remarkable young musicians from around the world will compete in three divisions: juniors, senior strings and senior winds. Ensembles may include brass quintets, string quartets, woodwind quintets, piano trios, saxophone quartets, string sextets, percussion ensembles, wind trios and an eclectic mix of winds and strings.

At this year’s competition, which will include musicians from 29 countries, the National Public Radio show “From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley” will tape a special program, “From the Top Backstage at the Fischoff,” to be aired on NPR June 15. The program will be dedicated to showcasing some of the nation’s best chamber musicians who are participating in Fischoff’s Junior Division. WNIT Public Television in South Bend will air a live broadcast of the competition’s Grand Prize Concert at 3:30 p.m. May 10 (Sunday).

Established in South Bend in 1973, the Fischoff Competition is one of the most prestigious classical music prizes attainable today. This year’s competition received 135 national ensembles applications to enter the competition, and 49 were accepted.

The competition events will be streamed live from the Fischoff website. All events are free and open to the public, and a schedule is available here.

Contact: Pam O’Rourke, Fischoff National Chamber Music Association,