The 2014 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition will take place on Saturday April 26, 2014 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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2014 Jury Will be Cuarteto LatinoAmericano

ST. PAUL – December 18, 2013

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, formed in 1982, is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This Latin Grammy winning ensemble from Mexico consists of the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel. The Cuarteto has recorded most of the Latin American repertoire for string quartet, and the sixth volume of their Villa-Lobos 17 quartets cycle, recorded for Dorian, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002 in the field of Best Chamber Music Recording as well as for a Latin Grammy. Their CD, "Brasileiro, works of Mignone", on the Sono Luminus label, won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording in 2012.

2014 SPSQC Quartets selected

ST. PAUL – April 4, 2014

After reviewing the applications for the 2014 SPSQC, the prelim jury of Norman Fischer, Masumi Per-Rostad, and Maureen Nelson sent in their scores for group tabulation. Eight excellent high school string quartets were invited to compete in the Final Rounds at St. Olaf College, our special home for the 2014 event. The Haydn Round begins at 1:30pm and the Final Round at 3:00pm. The Program can be seen at the bottom of this page...FREE EVENT


2013 SPSQC Winners Announced

ST. PAUL – April 30, 2013

Minne’snow’ta finally gave up and blessed the 2013 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition with beautiful weather to compliment the beautiful music inside Sundin Music Hall. Six Quartets competed for this year’s bragging rights as best string quartets in the land.
The Quartet Morina from Midwest Young Artists gave solid and convincing performances of Schubert “Death and the Maiden” and Ginastera quartet No.1 first movements and received Gold Medals. The Silver Medalists this year AND the Haydn Prize Winners were the hometown girls of the Luna Quartet. They rocked the house in both rounds with music by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich. They are members of the Artaria Chamber Music School. The Bronze Medal winners were from the Chamber Music Connection in Ohio. Quatour Alliance gave an exciting performance of Debussy and Shostakovich. The audience prize went to the already lauded Luna Quartet.

The jury for the 2013 SPSQC Final Round was the Shanghai Quartet from just outside New York City at Montclaire State University. Prelim judges were Jonathan Sturm from the Ames Piano Quartet, Jessica Thompson violist of the Daedalus Quartet, and Sandy Wilson, cellist of the Alexander Quartet. The Saint Paul String Quartet competition was founded in 2006 by Artaria String Quartet violinist Ray Shows. Mr. Shows is the Artistic Director and Administrator of this annual event.
The SPSQC has now presented its 8th National High School String Quartet Competition in Sundin Music Hall on the campus of Hamline University. Created as a performance showcase for advanced quartet studies, this unique national event has received superlative acclaim by Strings magazine and recognition by Chamber Music America and many of the most renowned teachers in the country. Its stated aim is to “celebrate excellence in string quartet playing (and) foster an increased appreciation for the chamber music art form, and enhance the music culture in this country.”

The competition is open to high school string quartets from around the country and is always adjudicated by a professional string quartet. With only string quartets competing, it is a simple comparison of ‘apples to apples’. Groups from across the country submit CD recordings of three masterworks of the repertoire. These unedited performances are evaluated by independent jurors in the categories: Tone Quality, Intonation, Ensemble & Balance, and Musical Ideas. The top scoring quartets are invited to compete for prizes and cash awards in a Haydn Round and a Final Round.

Concert programs below...


2014 SPSQC is sponsored by....

Music in the Park Series

Sewell Family & Anna M. Heilmaier Charitable Foundations

Dennis Carey & Bruce Taylor

Anderson Music Stands & Lotus Design

Artaria String Quartet – Haydn Prize


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Former 2007 SPSQC Prizewinners Band Together

ST. PAUL – December 18, 2013

Violinists Jeff Myers (Opus) and Ryan Meehan (Ridere) from the 2007 SPSQC competition have joined forces with violist Jeremy Berry and cellist Estelle Choi in the Calidore String Quartet. One of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge on the chamber music scene in recent years, the international prize-winning Calidore String Quartet is noted for its fiery brilliance, breadth of musicianship, and palpable energy that engages audiences. Formed at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2010, the Calidore String Quartet has presented recitals across the United States and Europe to great acclaim.


2013 Gold Medalists

Quartet Morina
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2013 Silver Medalists


Luna Quartet
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2013 Bronze Medalists


Quartet Alliance
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