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2023 Finalists Selected
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: RAY SHOWS
ST. PAUL – MARCH 13, 2023
The 2023 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition (SPSQC), the nation’s premiere event for high school and college string quartets, announces its Finalists.
String Quartets invited to the JUNIOR DIVISION finals on Saturday, April 22:
Calcifer String Quartet
La Vida String Quartet
NMS String Quartet
Pelios String Quartet
Pondrom String Quartet
The selection jury members were Andrew Jennings (Concord String Quartet), Mari Sato (Cavani String Quartet), John Largesse (Miró String Quartet), and Laura Sewell (Lark Quartet/Artaria String Quartet).
String Quartets Invited to the SENIOR DIVISION finals on Saturday, April 29:
Forst String Quartet
The selection jury members were Kyu-Young Kim (Daedalus Quartet), Laurie Carney (American String Quartet), Elizabeth Oakes (Maia String Quartet), and Karl Lavine (Kepler Quartet).
The Saint Paul String Quartet competition was founded in 2006 by Artaria String Quartet violinist Ray Shows. Mr. Shows is the Artistic Administrator of this annual event. The SPSQC has now presented 17 National Competitions. 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 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition is open to high school and college age string quartets from around the country and is always adjudicated by a professional string quartet.