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What a way to spend a cold, icy Sunday afternoon. On February 23, the Music Room of the SPCO Center,vibrated with the outstanding performances of the five finalists in this year’s competition.

The Fabulous Appoggiatura Quartet garnered top honors with their performance of the first movement of Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet , Op. 76 and the Finale of Dvorak’s Quartet in G, Op. 106. They were awarded Whitacre medals, $1,000 in cash, and a performance in Martizelli Foyer at the Ordway Center preceding an SPCO concert on Saturday, March 15.

Pendulum String Quartet took second place and $600, playing the first movement of Haydn’s String Quartet in D, Op. 76 No. 5 and the beautiful Romance, from String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 by Brahms.

Cavigliera String Quartet introduced many in the audience to the music of Quincy Porter (1897-1966), playing the third movement of his Quartet No. 3, followed by the lively Finale of Brahms String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2. They were awarded the Third Prize of $400.

Trio Tesoro won top honors and $100 in Level B, playing a Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano in G Minor by Khachaturian, substituting the violin part with an oboe. They also won the $250 prize for outstanding wind group in the Finals.


THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014 

All semifinalists and finalists in the 2014 competition have been invited to participate in Youth Music on the Greenway in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, June 26,  from 5:00 - 6:45 p.m

Student ensembles from seven music institutions will perform on the Loring Park Greenway, next to the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency Hotel on Nicollet Avenue, every Thursday from May to September. 

Bistro chairs and tables will be set out on the Greenway for the comfort of listeners. Last summer 720 people sat down to listen to the concerts. Approximately 750 more strolled through the Greenway and heard parts of the performances. 

This should be a fun event. Repertoire is not restricted to musical works played in the competition. Jazz, contemporary works, duos or trios, may be added. An electronic keyboard will be available, if needed.

 If you are interested in participating, contact competition coordinator Annette Conklin ( by May 1.

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First Prize

The Fabulous Appoggiatura Quartet 

Magdiell Antequerra (violin), Michael Chu (violin), Julia Vicic (viola); Thom Ingram (cello), coached by Ray Shows

Second Prize

Pendulum String Quartet 

Harris Bernstein (violin); Jason Shu (violin); Micah Chang (cello); Joe Peterson (viola), coached by Ray Shows

Third Prize

Cavigliera String Quartet 

Benjamin Brashear (violin);  Elena Kolbrek (violin); J-P Shoemaker (viola); Arianna Webley (cello), coached by Tom Rosenberg



Trio Tesoro 

Sarrah Bushara (oboe); Cole Thompson (piano); Luca Tallarini (clarinet), coached by Rena Kraut

Honorable Mention

Ampère String Quartet 

Louisa Byron (violin); Sam Richman (violin); Paul Watkins (viola); Eliot Johnson (cello), coached by Ray Shows

Outstanding Wind Group

Trio Tesoro 

Thank You

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