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Quartetto Indaco (PC: Lucia Ottolini)

Japan's Osaka International Chamber Music Competition Announces Winners

Quartetto Indaco won first prize in the String Quartet category while the Capybara Piano Quartet received first prize in the Piano Trio / Quartet category


Held this week in Japan's Sumitomolife Izumi Hall, the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition recently came to a close. The triennial event celebrates the art of chamber music and has two sections: String Quartet and Piano Trio / Quartet.

All rounds are now available for playback on The Violin Channel!

In the String Quartet Category, Italy's Quartetto Indaco won First prize and¥2,500,000.

HONO Quartet, from Japan, took home Second prize and ¥1,200,000, while the Terra String Quartet, from the United States, received Third Prize and¥800,000.

Special prizes were also awarded. The Bordeaux String Quartet Festival Award to Japan's Thaleia Quartet and the “Ambassador Ensemble of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2023” Award was given to the HONO Quartet, Malion Quartet, and Moser String Quartet.


Capybara Piano Quartet

Capybara Piano Quartet
(PC: Anton Spronk)


In the Piano Trio / Quartet Category, Capybara Piano Quartet, from Germany, received First Prize and and¥2,500,000.

Trio Pantoum, from France, received Second Prize and ¥1,200,000, while Trio Michelangeli won Third Prize and ¥800,000.

Chaired by Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, this year's jury comprised of violinists Martin Beaver, Weigang Li, Kazuki Sawa, violist Monika Henschel, Mai Motobuchi, cellist Alasdair Tait, pianists Vincent Coq, Eckart Heiligers, and Shigeo Neriki.

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