2019 Winners

Congratulations to all of this year’s participants!

  • Fervida Trio portrait
    Gold Medal
    Fervida Trio

    Young Chamber Musicians, Burlingame, CA

  • Piacere Trio portrait
    Silver Medal
    Piacere Trio

    Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena, CA

  • Meridiem Quartet portrait
    Bronze Medal
    Meridiem Quartet

    Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena, CA

  • Fervida Trio portrait
    Andrew Cook Beethoven prize
    Fervida Trio

    Young Chamber Musicians, Burlingame, CA

Please visit this website in the coming weeks for updates, video of the final round performances, photos from the competition, and information on next year’s competition!

Semi-Final Archived Livestream

Note: The first group begins playing at 4:30min.

2019 Semi-Finalists

  • Fervida Trio portrait
    Fervida Trio

    Sean Mori 16, violin
    Karina Tseng 16, piano
    Angeline Kiang 14, cello

    Coaches: Susan Bates & Jeffrey LaDeur

    Young Chamber Musicians, Burlingame, CA

  • Piacere Trio portrait
    Piacere Trio

    Audrey Park 16, violin
    Celine Chen 15, piano
    Phillip Suwandi 17, cello

    Coach: Andrew Cook

    Pasadena Conservatory of Music

  • Cerberus Trio portrait
    Cerberus Trio

    Andrés Engleman 12, violin
    Ukki Sachedina 13, piano
    Nathaniel Yue 12, cello

    Coaches: Aimée Kreston & Rina Dokshitsky

    The Colburn School

  • Quatuor de Rêve portrait
    Quatuor de Rêve

    Eddie Zhou 14, violin
    Ellie Loya 15, violin
    Arian Cazares 14, viola
    Tatum Hodgson 16, cello

    Coach: Aimée Kreston

    Pasadena Conservatory of Music

  • Cantus Quartet portrait
    Cantus Quartet

    Maddie Fruman 17, violin
    Isabella Yuan 15, violin
    Jonathan Speiser 14, viola
    Anna Fruman 16, cello

    Coaches: David Lisker (Violin) & Joon Sung Jun (Cello)

    Junior Chamber Music

  • Meridiem Quartet portrait
    Meridiem Quartet

    Saren Daghlian 15, violin
    Isabella Hayden 15, violin
    Albert Zhou 16, viola
    Julia Lee 15, cello

    Coach: Andrew Cook

    Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Schedule

The competition will be live broadcast on this website. The video feed will be available starting on March 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. and on March 24, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Semi-Final Round
Olin and Ann Barrett Recital Hall
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
(no tickets required)

The semi-final round begins at 11:00 a.m. Each group performs a Beethoven selection and a selection of their choice.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Master Class
Olin and Ann Barrett Recital Hall
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
(no tickets required)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Master Class for all Non-Finalists

Final Round
Olin and Ann Barrett Recital Hall
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
(tickets required)

Beethoven selections are not performed in the Final Round.

1:00 p.m. — Piacere Trio
1:20 p.m. — Meridiem Quartet
1:40 p.m. — Fervida Trio

2:00 p.m. — Jury Deliberation

3:00 p.m. — Award Ceremony Winning Ensemble Performance

4:00 p.m. — Reception for all Groups

Bear Quartet collage

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.

Awards

1st prize
$6,000
2nd prize
$4,000
3rd prize
$2,000
Andrew Cook Beethoven prize
$500

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

Bear Quartet portrait
Bear Quartet, winners of the Gold Medal in 2018

Guidelines

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

Eligibility

Repertoire Requirements

Onyx Quartet collage

2018 Winners

PCM

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

Encore Trio collage

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 compete@pasadenaconservatory.org

Pasadena Conservatory of Music
100 North Hill Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
626.683.3355

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