2016 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition Winner BLOCK4

The Eighth International Chamber Music Competition will be held on

April 7, 2018 at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland.

Ensembles qualifying under the Rules governing the Competition are encouraged to apply for Preliminary Round judging.  Both the rules and the application process are explained on this website.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Competition.


  • Sapphirus Quartet
  • District5
  • Trio Jinx
  • Merz Trio
  • Trio. St. Bernard

2018 Alternates:

  • The Ajax Quartet
  • Ulysses Quartet


Saturday, April 7, 2018 | Ensemble Performing

Tickets $12, free for students

1:00 p.m. – Introduction
1:15 p.m. – Performance of first finalist ensemble
2:30 p.m. – Performance of second finalist ensemble
3:45 p.m. – Performance of third finalist ensemble

4:45 to 6:45 p.m. – Intermission

6:45 p.m. – Performance of fourth finalist ensemble
8:00 p.m. – Performance of fifth finalist ensemble
9:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Reception and announcement of winners

Sunday, April 8, 2018 | Public Concerts


Gold Medal Award – $10,000 – BLOCK4 – London England

Silver Medal Award – $5,000 – Olympus Piano Trio

Audience Appreciation Award – Olympus Piano Trio

Congratulations to our winners and to the other superb finalists in the 2016 Competition! The Competition is designed to provide new performance opportunities, financial rewards, and musical credentials to aspiring musicians.


The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition is a competition for young professional chamber music ensembles. Begun in 2004, it has rapidly grown to become a notable international event. Recent Competitions have drawn applicants from the United States, Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The Competition is sponsored by Chesapeake Music Inc., a non-profit organization that, for thirty years, has brought outstanding music to the Delmarva Peninsula.

From its inception, the Competition has benefited from the assistance of an Advisory Panel of outstanding musicians and educators. The jurors have included luminaries such as Ida Kavafian, David Krakauer, Marcy Rosen, Diane Walsh, Tara Helen O’Connor, Christopher Millard, Pamela Frank and others drawn from leading conservatories and orchestras, as well as from ensembles such as the Orion, Mendelssohn and Los Angeles Quartets and performance venues such as Marlboro and Lincoln Center.

Based on audition materials, the jurors will select a maximum of six Finalists to compete in concert performances on April 7, 2018 at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland. We celebrate each Finalist the following day in individual concerts at other local venues. The Gold Medalist will be further honored with additional concerts including an appearance at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in June 2018. Presenting organizations will attend the Competition to consider all Finalists for other future engagements, and our past experience indicates that new concerts will follow.


The Gold Medalist will be awarded the sum of $10,000 and the Silver Medalist the sum of $5,000. Additional cash prizes may also be offered. The Gold Medalist will also receive a concert appearance at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in June 2018. Other concert appearances (with additional stipends) may also be awarded during the June, 2018 period.