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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 and judges

This group won last year
Bear Quartet portrait
Bear Quartet, winners of the Gold Medal in 2018


Applications must be received by Thursday, February 7th, 2019 Coming up soon. Better get going!


  1. Preliminary Video Round
  2. Semi-Final round – 6 to 8 groups
  3. Final round – 3 groups


Repertoire Requirements

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2018 Winners

The competition started in 2017


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

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Community Outreach

Through its three outreach programs PCM strivesv 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.

You will be performing here! PCM building

Contact Us

Please email the competition staff directly at

Pasadena Conservatory of Music
100 North Hill Avenuec
Pasadena, CA 91106c