PCM Chamber Music Competition

A national pre-collegiate award presented by the Pasadena Conservatory of Music
March 2426, 2017
Pasadena, California

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String Quartet

Our competition challenges students to strive for excellence in the performance of chamber music. It aims to educate and inspire audiences, and the community, through student achievement in the art of chamber music.

String Quartet Winners


1st prize
2nd prize
3rd prize
Andrew Cook Beethoven prize

All non-winning groups: Master classes with Andrew Cook


  • Onyx Quartet

    Onyx Quartet

    Kevin Tsao, 17, violin
    Tony Kukavica, 17, violin
    Ethan Moffitt, 16, viola
    Shirley Kim, 17, cello

    Coach: Jacob Braun
    School: The Colburn School

  • Pristine Trio

    Pristine Trio

    Qing Yu Chen, 16, violin
    Max Bobby, 16, cello
    Youlan Ji, 17, piano

    Coach: Constance Moore
    School: The Juilliard School Pre-College

  • Fuoco String Quartet

    Fuoco String Quartet

    Natalie Boberg, 16, violin
    Amy Sze, 15, violin
    Andy Park, 15, viola
    Claire Park, 16, cello

    Coaches: Aimee Kreston, Andrew Cook
    School: Pasadena Conservatory of Music

  • Encore Trio

    Encore Trio

    Hannah Kim, 13, violin
    Sedong Hwang, 15, cello
    Jocelyn Chen, 16, piano

    Coach: Ning An, Laszlo Mezo
    Organization: Junior Chamber Music

  • Canto Quartet

    Canto Quartet

    Yuri Lim, 18, violin
    Phalaen Chang, 16, violin
    Albert Zhou, 14, viola
    Logan Hodgson, 18, cello

    Coach: Andrew Cook
    School: Pasadena Conservatory of Music

  • Anstamur Trio

    Anstamur Trio

    Jeongwon An, 18, violin
    Nicholas Castaño, 17, cello
    Arvin-Ur Gantumur, 19, piano

    Coach: Fung Ho
    School: Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

  • Trio Regala

    Trio Regala

    Joshua Kave, 12, violin
    Sarah Kave, 12, cello
    Saveliy Sotnikov, 13, piano

    Coaches: Edward Francis, Lindsay Deutsch, Andrew Cook
    Organization: Junior Chamber Music

  • La Dolce Trio

    La Dolce Trio

    Bronte Vlashi, 15, violin
    Julia Lee, 13, cello
    Ashley Cheng, 16, piano

    Coach: Dr. Susan Svrček
    School: Pasadena Conservatory of Music



Competition Schedule

The competition will be held from Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Complete Schedule

Friday, March 24th

Arrival and Registration

Saturday, March 25th

11:00 a.m. | Semi-Final Round Begins in Barrett Hall

11:00 a.m. | Trio Regala
11:20 a.m. | Canto Quartet
11:40 a.m. | Encore Trio
12:00 p.m. | Onyx Quartet

12:20 p.m. Break

1:00 p.m. | La Dolce Trio
1:20 p.m. | Fuoco String Quartet
1:40 p.m. | Anstamur Trio
2:00 p.m. | Pristine Trio

2:30 p.m. | Judges Deliberate / Select Finalists

Sunday, March 26th

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Master Class for all Non-Finalists in Barrett Hall

1:00 p.m. | Final Round Begins
1:00 p.m. | Group 1
1:25 p.m. | Group 2
1:50 p.m. | Group 3

2:30 | Judges Deliberate

3:00 p.m. | Winners Announced / Medal Ceremony
3:30 p.m. | Reception for all Groups

Schedule subject to change

Barrett Hall window
Barrett Hall column


Established in 1984, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music is an independent, nationally-accredited community school whose mission is to educate, advocate, inspire, and share through music study and performance. The Conservatory offers a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses traditional and contemporary music for children and adults. More than 1,200 students attend the school annually and over 3,000 students in schools throughout the Pasadena community benefit from its extensive outreach programs.

To learn more about the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, please visit us at pasadenaconservatory.org

Community Outreach

Through its three outreach programs PCM strives to offer underserved youth in our community access to high-quality music education.

Learn more about the Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s community outreach programs.



  • Preliminary Video Round
  • Semi-Final round – 6 to 8 groups
  • Final round – 3 groups


  • All entries and supporting materials must be received by Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. Ensembles advancing to the live, semi-final round will be notified on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017.
  • The competition is open to String Quartets and Piano Trios of U.S. and non-U.S. residents with an average age of 18 or younger on March 24th, 2017.
  • No individual may compete in more than one ensemble, including the video round.
  • Changes in personnel are prohibited once the video has been submitted to the competition.
  • The video round must include a minimum of ten minutes of playing time and must include one movement of a Beethoven work and one movement from a contrasting period.
  • Up to eight ensembles will be invited to perform in the live semi-final round, where three ensembles will be selected to advance to the final round.
  • Invited ensembles are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.

Repertoire Requirements

  • Three movements must be performed, including one Beethoven work (additional details below), and two works of contrasting styles and periods (i.e. Romantic and Contemporary periods).
  • String Quartets must include one movement of any Beethoven String Quartet.
  • Piano Trios must include one movement of any Beethoven Piano Trio.
  • The Beethoven work must be performed on the video during the video round.

There are 3 distinct rounds of competition: Preliminary Video Round, Semi Final Round, Final Round.

Preliminary Video Round

Each ensemble must submit video recordings of two selected movements. The video round must include a minimum of ten minutes of playing time and must include one movement of a Beethoven work and one movement from a contrasting period (Romantic or Contemporary.)

The video recording must show all ensemble members at all times and must include the same players who will appear in the live performance rounds in March. The picture must remain stationary (no panning, fade-in/fade-out or close-up techniques*). The ensemble should fill the screen as much as possible. Each movement must be a complete take with no editing.

After recording their video, ensembles should email links to streamable video platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or send physical DVD to the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

Please contact us directly via compete@pasadenaconservatory.org with any additional questions regarding the video round rules and repertoire requirements.

*The PCM chamber music competition reserves the right to disqualify applicants entering enhanced or modified recordings.

Semi Final Live Round

String Quartets:

  • One movement of any Quartet of Romantic or Contemporary period.
  • One movement of any Beethoven String Quartet.

Piano Trios:

  • One movement of any Romantic or Contemporary period.
  • One movement from any Beethoven Trio.

Final Round

  • One movement from the Romantic period and one movement from the Contemporary period (must be the same repertoire as previous rounds).

Note: The Beethoven requirement will not be performed in the Final Round.


Semi-Final Round (March 25) | Free

Final Round (March 26) | $20 general admission, reserve tickets here

Please see schedule for full list of performances and times.

PCM building

Contact Us

Pasadena Conservatory of Music
100 North Hill Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

Please email the competition staff directly at compete@pasadenaconservatory.org