The 2023 Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition took place at London’s Wigmore Hall on Friday 19 May. The Fibonacci Quartet from London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama were declared the winner, receiving £600, while the Treske Quartet from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, came second. The annual competition is open to chamber ensembles from conservatoires across the UK, and alternates each year between string quartets and piano trios.

The full line-up was:

Meraki Quartet from Royal Academy of Music

Fortuna Quartet from Royal College of Music

Fibonacci Quartet from Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Hirvi Quartet from Trinity Laban

Bevan Quartet from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Treske Quartet from Royal Northern College of Music

The adjudication was provided by cellist Robert Max.

Online viewers can still vote for their favourite performance by following this link, but hurry - voting closes today (Friday 26 May) at 5pm UK time, with the results published shortly afterwards on the Cavatina website.

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