Cape Symphony Asst. Concertmaster Wins National Competition

Symphony Award

The Ulysses Quartet

HYANNIS – A member of the Cape Symphony helped a string quartet take home the top prize at a national competition last month.

The Ulysses Quartet¸ featuring Symphony violinist Rhiannon Banerdt, won the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition for their performance of pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, and Bartok.

Banerdt joined the Cape Symphony in 2015 as Assistant Concertmaster.

“This was a very emotional win for me, Banerdt said. “I have wanted to play in a string quartet since I was a kid, and always knew how difficult it could be form one and gain a foothold for success,”

The Ulysses Quartet formed less than a year ago in Washington Heights, New York, near the resting place of former President and Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant

“We went into this competition without any expectations, just excited to play some wonderful chamber music and meet other young quartets. It was incredible to find that our enthusiasm paid off and earned us the Grand Prize,” Banerdt added.

The group won $11,000 as part of the prize and will have the opportunity to perform next year in Italy as a result.

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