PCM Chamber Music Competition

A national pre-collegiate award presented by the Pasadena Conservatory of Music
March 2325, 2018
Pasadena, California

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Onyx 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.

Watch the videos from 2017

String Quartet Winners


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

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

Competition Schedule

The competition will be held from Saturday, March 24 – Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Complete Schedule

Friday, March 23rd
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Registration / Practice Rooms Available
7:00 p.m. Orientation
7:15 p.m. Social Mixer For Contestants

Saturday, March 24th
11:00 a.m. | Semi-Final Round Begins in Barrett Hall

11:00 a.m. | Trio Chiarezza
11:20 a.m. | Erato Quartet
11:40 a.m. | Meisll Trio
12:00 p.m. | Annora Quartet

12:20 p.m. Break

1:00 p.m. | Caridad Trio
1:20 p.m. | Bear Quartet
1:40 p.m. | Trio Alouette
2:00 p.m. | Elysium Trio
2:30 p.m. | Judges Deliberate / Select Finalists
4:00 p.m. | Finalists are Announced in Barrett Hall

5:00 p.m. | Reception (with Judges) For Ensembles Not Moving On To Final Round
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Practice Rooms Available

Sunday, March 25th
9:00 a.m. | Rehearsal Rooms Open
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Master Class For Non-Finalist Ensembles

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 / Winning Ensemble Performs
3:30 p.m. | Reception for all Groups

Schedule subject to change

Ticket Information

Semi-Final Round (March 24) | Free, RSVP required*
Final Round (March 25) | $20 general admission* (limited seats available)
*Call 626.683.3355 to reserve your seat

2018 Semi-Finalists

  • Erato Quartet

    Erato Quartet

    Ray Ushikubo, 16, violin
    Yu-Wen Lu, 16, violin
    Julian Seney, 17, viola
    Shengyu Meng, 15, cello

    Coach: Clive Greensmith
    School: Colburn Academy

  • Meisll Trio

    Meisll Trio

    Eunice Lee, 14, violin
    Mi-Hyun Suh, 14, piano
    Irene Lee, 13, cello

    Coaches: Joonsung Jun, Ning An
    Organization: Junior Chamber Music

  • Bear Quartet

    Bear Quartet

    Rachel Call, 15, violin
    Ellen Hayashi, 14, violin
    Abby Smith, 16, viola
    Benson Marshall, 16, cello

    Coaches: Anne Francis Bayless, Rainer Eudeikis, Eugene Watanabe
    School: The Gifted Music School

  • Elysium Trio

    Elysium Trio

    William Suwandi, 14, violin
    Phillip Suwandi, 16, cello
    Celine Chen, 14, piano

    Coach: Andrew Cook
    School: Pasadena Conservatory of Music

  • Annora Quartet

    Annora Quartet

    McCall Andersen, 17, violin
    Natalie Boberg, 17, violin
    Mackie Moore, 16, viola
    Aaron Daurelle, 16, cello

    Coaches: Anne Francis-Bayless, Rainer Eudeikis, Megan Mason
    School: The Gifted Music School

  • Trio Chiarezza

    Trio Chiarezza

    Audrey Kim, 15, violin
    Julia Lee, 14, cello
    Ashley Cheng, 17, piano

    Coach: Aimeé Kreston
    School: Pasadena Conservatory of Music

  • Trio Alouette

    Trio Alouette

    Leo Matsuoka, 17, violin
    Priscilla Kim, 17, cello
    Madeline McCanne, 17, piano

    Coach: Dr. Judy Huang
    School: Orange County School of the Arts

  • Caridad Trio

    Caridad Trio

    Joshua Kave, 13, violin
    Sarah Kave, 13, cello
    Marc Soong, 14, piano

    Coach: Andrew Cook
    School: Pasadena Conservatory of Music

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.

Encore Trio

Past Winners

  • Gold Medal | Onyx Quartet

  • Silver Medal | Encore Trio

  • Bronze Medal | Fuoco String Quartet

  • Andrew Cook Beethoven Prize | Pristine Trio

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