The nominators for the 2016 violin competition were Miriam Fried, Tatiana Dimitriades, Gérard Poulet, and Richard Wernick.
Born in 1985, Minneapolist native Ari Isaacman-Beck is the founding violinist of the award-winning Trio Cleonice. With the Boston-based piano trio, he has given performances across the North America, Europe, and China, in venues such as the Kennedy Center and Jordan Hall. Highlights of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons include notable debuts at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw as part of a 6-city European tour; the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine; and concerts with the Chamber Music Societies of Memphis, TN, Lockport, IL, Music on Main in Vancouver, Canada, and Stanford Live! at Stanford University, CA. With Trio Cleonice, Ari has given important premieres, including Richard Wernick’s 2nd Piano Trio (2012) and a variety of New England premieres of Elliott Carter’s final work, Epigrams for Piano Trio (2015). Ari holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music (2007) as a student of David Updegraff, where he received the Joseph and Elsie Scharff prize in violin; a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School (2009) where he studied with Ronald Copes of the Juilliard Quartet; a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes (2011) where he was a student of Mark Steinberg and Laurie Smukler; and a Graduate Diploma in Chamber Music from the New England Conservatory of Music (2013) where Trio Cleonice was the Graduate Piano Trio in Residence, working extensively with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, and Natasha Brofsky. A passionate teacher, Ari has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory preparatory division (2012-2013), the Greenwood Junior Camp (2013), and the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program (2015).