Important Note Regarding the 2021 Chamber Music Competition

We regret that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 PCM Chamber Music Competition has been canceled. We hope to resume the competition live and in-person in 2022. We'll be in touch with updates. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us at

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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.

Artistic Director: Andrew Cook
Competition Manager: Cindy Lewis

2020 Semi-Finalists

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    Dajj String Quartet

    Anna Linder 16, violin
    Mathias Koo 16, violin
    Julian Tugaoen 17, viola
    Katharine Fornshell 15, cello

    Coach: Deborah Price

    Chamber Music Connection | Worthington, Ohio

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    Sorridi Quartet

    Alexander Fried 16, violin
    Scarlett Chen 15, violin
    Allison Park 17, viola
    Mei Hotta 17, cello

    Coach: Jonah Sirota

    Colburn Community School of Performing Arts | Los Angeles, CA

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    Scorpius Quartet

    Isaac Park 17, violin
    Julia Luyi Wang 16, violin
    Sophia Ines Valenti 17, viola
    Davis You 17, cello

    Coaches: Susan Bates and Eric Chin

    Young Chamber Musicians | Burlingame, CA

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    Ardito Quartet

    Audrey Kim 17, violin
    Madison Oh 16, violin
    Gloria (Young-Eun) Choi 18, viola
    Will Robles 18, cello

    Coach: Aimée Kreston

    Colburn Community School of Performing Arts | Los Angeles, CA

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    The Bach Trio

    Pierce Wang 16, violin
    Josephine Chan 16, piano
    Ryan Har 17, cello

    Coaches: Joseph Maile and Amy Zanrosso

    San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre-college | San Francisco, CA

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    Meridiem Quartet

    Saren Daghlian 16, violin
    Isabella Hayden 16, violin
    Albert Zhou 17, viola
    Tatum Hodgson 17, cello

    Coaches: Aimée Kreston and Andrew Cook

    Pasadena Conservatory of Music | Pasadena, CA

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    Arcturus Trio

    Ajay Mallya 16, violin
    Kevin Yang 17, piano
    Catherine Choi 17, cello

    Coaches: Susan Bates & Jeffrey LaDeur

    Young Chamber Musicians | Burlingame, CA

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    Tempest Quartet

    Gabrielle Gans 16, violin
    Nichole Aye 11, violin
    Arian Cazares 15, viola
    Violet Bretz 16, cello

    Coaches: Aimée Kreston and Andrew Cook

    Pasadena Conservatory of Music | Pasadena, CA

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    Kaza Quartet

    Sarah Campbell 17, violin
    Luke Henderson 16, violin
    Nathan Emans 17, viola
    Zani Lewis 16, cello

    Coach: Peter Jarvis

    New England Conservatory Preparatory School | Boston, MA


1st prize
2nd prize
3rd prize

All non-winning groups: Master classes with Andrew Cook and judges

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Bear Quartet, winners of the Gold Medal in 2018


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


Repertoire Requirements

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2019 Winners


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.

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Contact Us

Please email the competition staff directly at

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

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