Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

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2017 Fischoff Competition Grand Prize Winner, Milton String Quartet

The 45th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition is the largest chamber music competition in the nation. Winning the Fischoff has become a benchmark in the careers of emerging young ensembles. Each year, 49 ensembles are accepted into the pre-college and senior divisions. They come from America’s finest music schools, conservatories and preparatory schools.  Since its founding, more than 6,800 musicians have participated. Many have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education.

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Fischoff Competition Senior Division Silver Medal Winner, Notos Quartet, Berlin

Founded in 1973 in South Bend, Indiana, the Fischoff has always emphasized developing, and not simply showcasing, the talents of its participants. After the competition’s live auditions, participants are given the opportunity to discuss their performances at length with the jurors. Master classes with the jurors are also given to pre-college ensembles. The musicians report that the juror responses, written critiques and master classes are highlights of their Fischoff experience.

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Quartet Bellezza, 2017 Fischoff Competition Junior Division Gold Medal Winner

The 2018 Fischoff Competition takes place May 11-13, at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. The entry deadline is February 28, 2018. The Rulebook/Entry form is available at Questions should be directed to:


Click here to watch a short video of the 2017 Fischoff Competition Grand Prize Winner, Milton String Quartet

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The 45th Annual Fischoff Competition

May 11-13, 2018

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame

ENTRY DEADLINE: February 28, 2018. Rulebook/Entry form:

To learn more about the Fischoff Competition (and watch a short video), visit