ST. PAUL – March 20, 2015

Finalist quartets have been selected in this year’s national event. The six quartets receiving the highest ratings from the preliminary jury (John Largesse of the Miro Quartet, Cathy Robinson of the Miami String Quartet and Laura Thielke of the Artaria Quartet of Boston) were invited to compete in St. Paul on April 18.

The “Final 6” quartets hail from across the nation:

Atara String Quartet – Chicago
Clemens Quartet – Los Angeles
Pike Street Quartet – Seattle
Premier Quartet – Chicago
Verita Quartet – Columbus
Warner Quartet – Twin Cities

Come and be amazed at the extraordinary sounds you will hear from these incredible young artists. The competition begins at 1:30pm in the sonically lush Sundin Music Hall on the campus of Hamline University in the heart of St. Paul. Admission is free and open to the public.


The 2014 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition Live Stream video:

Round I: http://www.stolaf.edu/multimedia/play/?e=983
Round II: http://www.stolaf.edu/multimedia/play/?e=984

The event is now finished but you canstill watch the amazing video recording.


ST. PAUL – May 13, 2014

The 2014 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition was held in the Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf College. Eight outstanding high school quartets were invited to compete in 2 rounds of competition. The level of the performances was extraordinary and each quartet played with unique voice for the audience to enjoy. Chamber music is indeed in good hands for the future.

This year’s Gold medalist ensemble was the Ligeia Quartet from the Chicago Youth Symphony. Their opening movement of Mendelssohn’s Op.44/2 was well paced and their rendition of the Bartok Quartet No.4 (mvt.5) was solid and convincing. The Atara Quartet from the Music Institute of Chicago won the Silver medals with clean and expressive performances of Ligeti Quartet No.1 and the final movement of César Franck’s only string quartet (a rarely heard work). The Luna Quartet from Minneapolis took the Bronze with a beautiful reading of the Mendelssohn Op. 13 first movement and a rousing romp through the “Slovacca” movement Erwin Schulhoff’s Quartet No.1. Honorable Mention and the Haydn Prize were awarded to the Pike Street Quartet of Seattle with their stylish performances.

The jury for the 2014 SPSQC Final Round was the Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Prelim judges were Maureen Nelson, violinist of the Enso Quartet, Masumi Per-Rostad violist of the Pacifica Quartet, and Norman Fischer, cellist of the renowned Concord 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. .

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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.



2015 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

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