Click here for the official 2017 PCM Chamber Music Competition winner announcement!
Please check back in the coming weeks for updates, video of the final round performances, photos from the competition, and information on next year’s competition!
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.
- 1st prize
- 2nd prize
- 3rd prize
- Andrew Cook Beethoven prize
All non-winning groups: Master classes with Andrew Cook
The competition will be held from Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017.
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. | Encore Trio
1:20 p.m. | Onyx Quartet
1:40 p.m. | Pristine Trio
2:00 p.m. | Fuoco String Quartet
2:30 | Judges Deliberate
3:00 p.m. | Winners Announced / Medal Ceremony
3:30 p.m. | Reception for all Groups
Schedule subject to change
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
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
- One movement of any Quartet of Romantic or Contemporary period.
- One movement of any Beethoven String Quartet.
- One movement of any Romantic or Contemporary period.
- One movement from any Beethoven Trio.
- 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.
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
100 North Hill Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
Please email the competition staff directly at email@example.com