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Osaka International Chamber Music Competition Announces String Quartet Semifinalists

The competition is being held from May 12th -18th, 2023, in Japan's Sumitomolife Izumi Hall

First presented in 1993, the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition is open to ensembles of all nationalities, whose members were born on or after May 1st,1984.

You can watch the five ensembles in the next round of the competition on The Violin Channel on May 15 at 9: 10 PM ET.

The triennial event celebrates the art of chamber music and has two sections: String Quartet and Piano Trio / Quartet.

The ensembles advancing to the next String Quartet section include:

  • HONO Quartet
  • Quartet Indaco
  • Malion Quartet
  • Terra String Quartet
  • Thaleia Quartet

Chaired by Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, the jury is 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.

The first prize winner will receive¥2,500,000, second prize ¥1,200,000, and third prize ¥800,000. Special Awards will also be given — including the ¥500,000 MK Memorial Award, Bordeaux String Quartet Festival Award, String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam Award, and “Ambassador Ensemble of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2023” Award.

To learn more about the competition, click here.

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