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Finalists Announced at Missouri's Plowman Chamber Music Comp

Tune into The Violin Channel on March 26 at 2.30PM (ET) for the LIVE Final Round

The Finalists have today been announced at the 2023 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, Missouri.

The biennial event is hosted in honor of Columbia community member Janice Plowman — who dedicated her life to education and the arts.

Hosted in two chamber music categories, Piano & Strings and Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion, this year’s ensembles progressing to the competition's Final Round are:

Zelter String Quartet

Kodachrome Saxophone Quartet

Trio Menil 

Amo Brass Quintet

Estella String Quartet


This years final will be streamed LIVE here on The Violin Channel.

With a Grand Prize of US $5000, the competition also offers an Odyssey Chamber Music Series Award, worth US $2000, and an opportunity to perform in the 2024 Odyssey Chamber Music Series, in Columbia, Missouri.

The 2023 jury comprises pianist Lucille Chung, cellist Amit Peled, and horn player Jeff Scott.


“I founded the Plowman Competition in 2005 — as a collaborative project with the Missouri Symphony Society,” Competition Artistic Director Ayako Tsuruta told The Violin Channel. “Our mission was, and still is, to show our Mid-Missouri area audiences the exceptional talents of young chamber musicians across the nation, and in turn, share our enthusiastic and well-educated audiences with the next generation of performers.”

"If I were judging, I would be looking for an ensemble that has both charisma and professional polish, and most importantly, the desire and passion to perform chamber music," she said.





Rasa String Quartet

Corvus Saxophone Quartet

Amabile Piano Trio 

Atlas Saxophone Quartet

Zelter String Quartet

Kodachrome Saxophone Quartet

Cersis String Quartet




Trio Blank Slate (Piano-Flute-Bassoon)

Trio Menil 

Plaza Winds Woodwind Quintet

Eunoia String Quartet

Onde Sonora Saxophone Quartet

Little Trio (Piano-Clarinet-Cello)

Amo Brass Quintet

Estella String Quartet



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