Founded in 2006 as a performance forum for outstanding high school chamber musicians, the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition's primary mission is to celebrate excellence in string quartet playing, foster an increased appreciation for the chamber music art form, and enhance the music culture in this country. The SPSQC has garnered a national reputation for showcasing our nations finest pre-college string players and young artists from this event now populate the most prestigious conservatories and music programs in the country.
The competition is open to quartets whose members are 19 years or younger. Unidentified copies of quartets’ audition recordings are reviewed and individually ranked by a preliminary jury of three from across the country. The top scoring quartets are invited to St. Paul to perform in the Final Round event, juried by a renowned professional string quartet. Both the preliminary and final juries consist of members of renowned international quartets.
The SPSQC Awards include $3,000 in prize money, a set of beautiful handmade wooden stands from Anderson Music Stands for the Gold medal quartet, and a set of Lotus Stand Lights for the Silver Medalists.
The exceptional Saint Paul String Quartet Competition (SPSQC) was created to encourage the development of and provide a performance opportunity for pre-college string players from across the country to display advanced levels of preparation and performance of chamber music. Modeled on the proven success of the Banff International, Fischoff National, Concert Artist Guild, and other similar events, the SPSQC has emerged as a unique contest for string quartets. With the preliminary and final jurors having extensive professional string quartet experience, and with only string quartets competing, the SPSQC allows a straightforward and fair comparison of "apples to apples".