Established in 2000, the competition focuses on high-level chamber music performed by advanced student ensembles and young professional ensembles. Occurring every second year, and alternating between piano trios and string quartets, this year's competition is the 11th iteration.
The final round was held on September 20, 2021, in the Free Masons Hall in Trondheim, Norway.
This year's first prize, which includes €15,000 and a number of festival engagements, was awarded to the French string quartet Quatuor Confluence.
The second prize was awarded to the Danish-Polish NOVO Quartet, which includes €10,000. The third prize was awarded to the Animato Quartet, which includes a €5,000 prize.
The Audience Prize was awarded to Quatuor Confluence, and the Jury Special Prize went to the Animato Quartet and NOVO Quartet.
This year's jury consisted of Chairman Levon Chilingirian, Leonard Disselhorst, Øyvind Gimse, Henninge Landaas, Geir Inge Lotsberg, Marianna Shirinyan, and Frederik Øland.
Previous winners of the first prize include The Danish Quartet, Van Kuijk Quartet, and Trio con brio Copenhagen.