Formed in 2016 and based in the Berlin, the group wins at total of AUD52,500. Goldmund Quartet tops string quartet category.


The Trio Marvin: (l-r) Marius Urba, Vita Kan, Marina Grauman
Photo: Mike Keating

The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, which began with eight string quartets and eight piano trios on 1 July, awarded the Trio Marvin it’s AUD30,000 grand prize on Sunday.

Added to the AUD22,500 it wins for winning the trio category, the group will take home the equivalent of nearly USD40,000.

The Goldmund Quartet came top of its category, winning AUD30,000, plus the commissioned work prize of AUD4,000

‘The standard has been exceptional, making the jurors’ decision extremely challenging,’ said MICMC artistic director Wilma Smith. ‘We’ve been privileged to witness the future of chamber music taking shape right here in Melbourne. And what a future that will be!’

Full prize list

GRAND PRIZE (AUD30,000): Trio Marvin


  • 1st Prize (AUD30,000): Goldmund Quartet 
  • 2nd Prize (AUD20,000): Eliot Quartet 
  • 3rd Prize (AUD10,000): Callisto Quartet 
  • Audience Prize (AUD8,000): Baum Quartett
  • Quartet Commission Prize (AUD4,000): Goldmund Quartett


  • 1st Prize (AUD22,500): Trio Marvin
  • 2nd Prize (AUD15,000): Trio Gaon
  • 3rd Prize (AUD7,500): Amatis Piano Trio 
  • Audience Prize (AUD6,000): Trio Gaon 
  • Trio Commission Prize (AUD3,000): Trio Gaon

The competition jury comprised artist manager Sonia Simmenauer, pianist and composer Ian Munro; Simin Ganatra, first violinist of the Pacifica Quartet; Gerhard Schulz, former second violinist of the Alban Berg Quartet; Yura Lee, solo violist, and first violinist of the Enso Quartet; Alasdair Tait, cellist and CEO of the UK-based Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT); and Kyril Zlotnikov, cellist with the Jerusalem Quartet.