Linos Piano Trio and Noga Quartet named winners of competition’s seventh outing.

The finals of the Seventh Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition have seen the Linos Piano Trio and Noga Quartet come out victorious. After five days of preliminary rounds at South Melbourne Town Hall, sixteen original ensembles from all around the globe were whittled down to just the six who performed Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday. The prestigious awards are among the most respected and high profile competitions for chamber music anywhere in the world.

Competing in the Piano Trio Final, the Linos performed Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor, while Trio Medici, who placed second, also played Ravel work and Schubert’s Notturno in E Flat Major. In third place were Trio Adorno with Dvořák’s Dumky.

The String Quartet Final saw the Noga Quartet tackle Bartók’s Fifth, the Giocoso String Quartet’s renditions of Mendelssohn’s Sixth and Schubert’s Quartettsatz placed them second, and in third the Verona Quartet who played Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.

As part of the competition each ensemble was also required to perform the winning work from the relevant stream of the Australian New Works Award. For the piano trios this was Michael Bakrnčev’s Janino, which the composer has described as “an exploration of motivic themes, formed by fragments of a Macedonian folk melody called Janino Oro.” For the string quartets it was Brisbane-based undergraduate composer Connor D’Netto’s Second String Quartet that was selected.

The winners of the competition’s special awards were awarded at a Finals Concert on Sunday where both Linos Piano Trio and Noga Quartet performed. The awardees were:

Monash University Grand Prize Winner 
Noga Quartet
Musica Viva Australia Prize Winner
Giocoso String Quartet

Peter Druce Audience Award, Piano Trio
Linos Piano Trio

Peter Druce Audience Award, String Quartet
Giocoso String Quartet

Limelight congratulates all of the competitors on their outstanding efforts in this year’s competition.

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The Linos Piano Trio and Noga Quartet will perform at a Musica Viva Coffee Concert in Sydney on July 21


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