2018 Competition Winners

The top winners in the seventh annual SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition were announced on Sunday, March 18 at the Finalists Recital held in Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University.

Winning First Prize and the Grand Prize, which includes a performance at the Ordway Concert Hall on Saturday, May 19, was the Fourzando String Quartet: Joelle Chen, (violin) from Edina High School; Makaela Foerderer (violin) from Southwest High school; Elizabeth Bergmann (viola) from Saint Paul Central High School; and Dylan Kinneavy (cello) from Southwest High School. Their coach is Tom Rosenberg of the Chamber Music Academy of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music.

There were two Second Prize winners: the Michelangelo String Quartet and Pontem Firmissimum String Trio. Members of the Michelangelo Quartet are Raef Eddins, (violin) from Como Park Senior High School; Henry Zietlow (violin) from St. Paul Academy; David Michaeli (viola) from Nova Classical Academy, and Daniel Knapp (cello) from Mounds View High School. Their coach is Ray Shows of the Artaria Chamber Music School.

Members of Pontem Firmissimum are: J.P. Rabaey (violin), Joel Zabel (violin) and Annabelle Lecy (cello). All are from Marshall High School in Marshall, Minnesota.Their high school orchestra teacher is Robert Wes Myers.

Third Prize went to the Lumos Quartet: Sarah Zhang (violin) from Woodbury High School; Penelope Corbett (violin) from Stillwater Area High School; Ariam Hashel, (viola) from Woodbury High School; and Sophie Morris (cello) from Eden Prairie High School. Their coach is Patricia Ryan of the Artaria Chamber Music School. READ MORE ... 

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    The Final Round on Saturday, February 23, 2019 will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Sundin Hall, Hamline University. 

    The winning ensemble will perform on Saturday, May 18 at the Ordway preceding the  SPCO concert.

    Please read and use the Updated Guidelines for the 2019 competition.


  • Trio in Mantova

    In early June Trio Luminoso, winners of Level B in this year’s competition, traveled with their parents and their coach, Thomas Rosenberg, to Mantua, Italy to participate in the Mantova Chamber Music Festival. On June 1, the fourteen-year olds performed before students from four schools in the famed Teatro Bibiena, where Mozart also performed at the age of fourteen. They attended a master class presented by pianist Alfred Brendel, and later performed in recital along with five other young ensemb...  Read More...

  • Photos from Mantova

    Setting up in Teatro Bibiena 

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