Chamber Music Competition

Music St Martin – Chamber Music Competition - The best of tomorrow

St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition embodies St Martin’s commitment to the discovery, nurture and promotion of new and emerging musical talent.  With the support of Making Music, the competition is able to offer winners the opportunity to develop a performance profile across the UK.

Competition history

Founded in 2010, St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition is the only competition in London with a focus on nurturing the fledgling careers of the UK’s most talented and hard-working young musicians through practical means. The competition’s prize is a series of professional engagements around Britain, offering the invaluable opportunity of paid performance experience and professional exposure to the winners. The competition’s inaugural winners, the Piatti Quartet gave over 16 concerts as a result of their prize earning over £13,500 in fees and gaining the benefits of experience and industry contacts which in turn lead to their Wigmore Hall debut in London in 2011.

“… what a terrific concert we had from the Piatti Quartet last night. Technically impeccable, they really made you listen to every nuance of the music. They have clearly thought a lot about the pieces they played and the interpretive insight was impressive and refreshing. They deserve to go far.” Chris Thomas, Luton Music Club

St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition rewards those young performers who display not only an exceptional talent, but the drive and dedication to their art which sets them apart on the road to success. St Martin-in-the-Fields takes this journey with them maintaining an on-going interest in winners with continued support over the years in the form of publicity, professional engagements and free rehearsal space in central London.


2016 Competition Entry

Applications for the 2016 competition will be available to download in October 2015.

The 2016 competition dates are:

Semi-finals: 7 – 11 March 2016
Grand Final: 22 March 2016


Prospective competitors and general enquiries: