And the winner is… Trio Marvin!

The ensemble took out the Grand Prize and First Prize in the Piano Trio division of the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC) this evening at Melbourne Recital Centre after a week of thrilling performances. First Prize in the String Quartet division went to the Goldmund Quartett from Germany.

And the winner is… Trio Marvin!


In announcing the winners, MICMC Artistic Director Wilma Smith remarked on the calibre of the 16 groups that were selected from around the globe to take part in the competition: “The standard has been exceptional, making the jurors’ decision extremely challenging,” she said. “We’ve been privileged to witness the future of chamber music taking shape right here in Melbourne. And what a future that will be!”

The decisions were made by a prestigious international jury featuring Sonia Simmenauer, director of a leading international chamber music agency; Melbourne 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 Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), and Kyril Zlotnikov, cellist with the Jerusalem Quartet.

“I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to our esteemed jury, our many supporters, donors, volunteers, staff and, of course, the 56 remarkable young musicians who’ve made MICMC 2018 such a memorable and exciting week,” concludes Smith. “I’d also like to acknowledge the teachers, families and friends who’ve played such a huge role over many years to get them to this point where they can bring so much happiness to others through their playing.”

Held every four years, MICMC is one of the most prestigious events of its kind. The competition is open to string quartets and piano trios of all nationalities whose members are under the age of 35. For the first time, it was presented by Musica Viva Australia in partnership with the Australian National Academy of Music and Melbourne Recital Centre. Visit for tickets and further details.

The winners of the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition are:


Supported by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at theUniversity of Melbourne

An Australian performance tour arranged by Musica Viva inNovember 2019.
Career-enhancing professional development support.

Trio Marvin (Russia/Kazakhstan/Germany)


1st Prize – The Robert Salzer Foundation Prize ($30,000)
Goldmund Quartett

2nd Prize – The Evans Dixon Prize ($20,000)
Eliot Quartett

3rd Prize – The Laura Brown Prize ($10,000)
Callisto Quartet

The Audience Prize for String Quartet ($8,000) (supported by the Druce family in memory of Peter Druce)
Baum Quartett (South Korea)

Quartet Commission Prize – Best Performance of Holly Harrison’s New Work ($4,000)(supported by the Silo Collective)
Goldmund Quartett (Germany)


1st Prize – The Tony Berg Prize ($22,500)
Trio Marvin

2nd Prize – The Paul Morawetz Prize for Piano Trio ($15,000)
Trio Gaon
(Germany/South Korea)

3rd Prize – The Musica Viva Victorian Committee Prize ($7,500)
Amatis Piano Trio

The Audience Prize for Piano Trio ($6,000) (supported by the Druce family in memory of Peter Druce)
Trio Gaon (Germany/South Korea)

Trio Commission Prize – Best Performance of Paul Stanhope’sNewWork($3,000)(supported by the Tribe family)
Trio Gaon (Germany/South Korea)


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