Concert performance plays an irreplaceable role in the education of young artists, and chamber music performance is at the center of creative music education. For the young J. C. Arriaga playing the violin in various chamber music ensembles was the only school at the time he composed his first opera. He later would enter the illustrious Paris Conservatory. Although Arriaga was a classical composer deserving a prominent place in history, his music wasn’t played widely in international circles until fairly recently. It took the tenacious support of many institutions and music organizations to make Arriaga’s international appreciation possible. In a very similar way, today’s most deserving young chamber ensembles need the support of music organizations to jumpstart their careers. That is why “to complement the musical education of young artists” is part of the mission of the Treetops Chamber Music Society which, inspired by the example of Arriaga, assists most deserving young chamber musicians since 2008 through its J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition.


Stay tuned for news about our next J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition!


2015 J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition Results:


1st Prize Winner:

Blue Hill String Quartet
(Wyatt Underhill, violin I; Katherine Liccardo, violin II; Marta Lambert, viola; Seth Biagini, cello)


Joint 2nd Prize Winners:

Light Duo (Ziqing Guo, violin; Chonghang Li, piano)

Duo Adamo (Eunji Oh, flute; Minyoung Kang, piano)


DEADLINE: March 28, 2015, 11:59 pm (EST)

LIVE FINAL ROUND: April 26, 2015, 1:45 pm at Purchase College Conservatory of Music Recital Hall, Purchase, NY.

This competition is open to chamber music ensembles with or without piano, including duos with piano. Age limit is 18-30 years old ensemble average, with no individual member older than 35 at competition time.

2015 Arriaga Competition Finalists and Program

2015 Application & Guidelines

Download the 2015 poster


News coverage of the sixth annual J.C. Arriaga Competition in April, 2013