Early Music America and UChicago Presents co-presented the Baroque Performance Competition Finals on Saturday, October 11 in Chicago, a competition which showcases up-and-coming talent in the early music field in front of an enthusiastic crowd. The finalists, who traveled from throughout North America to compete, were selected from a pool of applicants by an independent panel of three judges. Ann Felter, Executive Director of Early Music America, remarked that the future of of early music in North America is strong based on the strength of the performances as well as the enthusiastic reception from the audience. "Saturday night's finals illustrated just how much fresh talent is on the horizon in the field of early music."
The Grand Prize and Audience Prize were awarded to Infusion Baroque. The Presentation Prize was awarded to Trio Speranza.