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2023 Finalists Selected 



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:

Aurum Quartet

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:

Poiesis Quartet

Forst String Quartet

Turquoise Quartet

Lora 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.

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2022 Senior Division Finalist Quartets
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Høyde Quartet

Grace Alexander & Owen Cromwell, vlns 
Louis Dhoore, viola
Henry Paton, cello

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The Marian String Quartet

Emma Richman & Sahana Shravan, violins

Cameren Anai Williams, viola 

Wangshu Xiang, cello

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Latimer Quartet

Danny Yehun & Haram Kim, violins

Chih-Ta Chen, viola 

Saisai Ding, cello

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Yánsù Quartet

Ellie Sievers & Josh Liu, violins

Casey Boyer, viola

Hudson Schill, cello

Senior Division
2022 Junior Division Finalist Quartets

Dajj Quartet

Anna Linder & Matthias Koo, violins 
Victoria Phillips, viola
Kate Fornshell, cello

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Peresson String Quartet

Katya Moeller & Kelly Kim, violins

Sidney Lee, viola 

Serge Kalinovsky, cello

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Sprezzatura Quartet

Aiden Daniels & Chance Inouye, violins 
Nazeeh Shahid, viola 
Kevin Hernandez, cello 

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Omaggio String Quartet

Abigail Park & Tara Hagle, violins

Elinor Detmer, viola 

Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, cello

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Selene Quartet

Isabelle Hayden & Edie Zhou, violins

Arian Cezares, viola

Srijani Bhattacharya, cello

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WCPE Quartet

Jaeyee Jung & Sophia Liu, violins

Lauren Southwell, viola 

Catherine Yates, cello

Saint Paul String Quartet Competition
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