Italy’s Quartetto Indaco won the string quartet category, while Germany’s Capybara Piano Quartet was victorious in the piano trio/quartet section

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Left: Quartetto Indaco © Paolo Andreoli

Right: Capybara Piano Quartet © Anton Spronk

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The 11th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition was held from 12 to 18 May 2023. The competition comprises a string quartet category and a piano trio/quartet category.

In the string quartet category, Quartetto Indaco (Italy) won first prize of ¥2,500,000 (£14,500). The quartet, which comprises violinists Eleonora Matsuno and Ida Di Vita, violist Jamiang Santi and cellist Cosimo Carovani, also received the MK Memorial Award of ¥500,000 (£2,900), as well as a Bordeaux String Quartet Festival Award, which will promise an appearance in concert and masterclass at the 2024 Vibre! Bordeaux International String Quartet Festival.

HONO Quartet (Japan) won second prize and ¥1,200,000 (£7,000), while the Terra Quartet (US) won third prize and¥800,000 (£4,600).

The Thaleia Quartet (Japan) also received a Bordeaux String Quartet Festival Award. The Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2023 Ambassador Awards went to the HONO Quartet, the Malion Quartet (Germany) and the Moser Quartet (Switzerland).

In the piano trio/quartet Category, Capybara Piano Quartet (Germany) won first prize of¥2,500,000, plus the MK Memorial Award of ¥500,000. The quartet comprises pianist Mario Häring, violinist Shuichi Okada, violist Takehiro Konoe and cellist Minji Kim.

Trio Pantoum (France) won second prize and ¥1,200,000, while Trio Michelangeli (Germany) won third Prize and ¥800,000.

Chaired by Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, the jury comprised violinists Martin Beaver, Weigang Li, Kazuki Sawa, violist Monika Henschel, Mai Motobuchi, cellist Alasdair Tait, pianists Vincent Coq, Eckart Heiligers, and Shigeo Neriki.

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