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Newman Quartet members Justine Lamb-Budge and Robyn Bollinger, violins; Sarah Rommel, cello, and Paul Laraia, viola, met at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.
From the Top
Congratulations to Newman Quartet members Justine Lamb-Budge and Sarah Rommel, recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Justine and Sarah will each receive awards of $10,000 to help them continue their music studies and assist them with music-related needs.
The Newman Quartet hails from the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. The members — 15-year-olds Justine Lamb-Budge and Robyn Bollinger, violins; and 18-year-olds Sarah Rommel, cello, and Paul Laraia, viola — have known each other for years, and they play so well together that they took second place in the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The group believes it has to do with how close they are as friends, and also with everyone's taking responsibility and working well together.
The group also gives credit to their coach, Sidney Curtis. "He is so deeply committed," says Bollinger. "Mr. Curtis is always the first person to yell, "Bravo!" after we perform," adds Laraia. At the Fischoff Competition, however, their coach did not yell "Bravo!" because he was so overcome with pride that he was crying with joy.