The 2014 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition will take place on Saturday April 26, 2014 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
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.
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...
2013 SPSQC is sponsored by....
Sewell Family & Anna M. Heilmaier