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Ninth Biennial International Chamber Music Competition for Young Professionals
April 4, 2020, Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD 1:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Chesapeake Music will host its ninth competition with live performances of five finalist ensembles and awarding of prizes. Each performance lasts for 45 minutes with time allowed for judges comments following each performance. There is a two hour supper break from 4:45 to 6:45 and a reception and awards announcement beginning at 9:00 p.m.

Performance Schedule

A panel of distinguished preliminary judges reviewed all applicants’ musical submissions in anonymous assessments. After careful deliberation, five finalists were selected. Many thanks go to these judges for bringing us an exciting array of ensembles for the live competition.

Judges Recognition

The talented pool of applicants ranged in age from 20-34 with ensemble averages under 31 years. They came from 15 different states across the United States and three countries internationally. From among these, the five finalists selected were:

AYA Piano Trio, Philadelphia, PA

Colores Trio (Percussion), Zurich Switzerland

Dior Quartet, Bloomington, IN

Iceberg String Quartet, Montreal, Canada

Soma Quartet(Saxophone), Bloomington, IN

Ensemble Profiles

Three Finalist Judges will comment on each performance and following the final performance, will select prize winners. The judges this year include Head Judge Lawrie Bloom (clarinet), Michael Kannen (cello) and Ieva Jocubaviciute (piano).

Judges Recognition

Prizes awarded at the end of the evening include the Lerman Gold Prize ($10,000), the Silver Prize($5,000) and an Audience Choice Award ($500) voted by those in attendance.


On Sunday, April 5, 2020, ensembles will give individual performances at venues throughout the region.

Performance Schedule

Join us for what promises to be a beautiful and stimulating day. Tickets are $20 for the entire day and are free for students. Don’t miss out on enjoying these rising young stars of tomorrow!

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For more information:

Artistic Advisors and Judges | Past Finalists and Music Samples

Presenters | Supporters and Volunteers | Photo Gallery