"Really, I can't envision a more inspiring and well-organized event."
-- SPSQC Parent
Finalist Juries Selected
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: RAY SHOWS
ST. PAUL – November 08, 2022
The 2023 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition (SPSQC) JUNIOR DIVISION, the nation’s premiere event for high school string quartets, will take place in Sundin Music Hall on Saturday April 22, 2023. High School String Quartets from across the nation will be invited to compete. The Jasper String Quartet has been invited to adjudicate.
The newly created SENIOR DIVISION will take place on Saturday April 29, 2023. The jury will be the Calidore String Quartet. Last April's top prize in the Senior Division went to the Marian String Quartet from Juilliard. The Latimer String Quartet from Curtis was awarded the Second Prize.
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.