We are incredibly excited to announce the winners of Videri String Quartet's Quarentets arranging competition! With the difficulties the world has faced over the last year; the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting quarantine or stay at home orders, the quartet searched for ways to keep chamber music, and our passion for video game music, alive and well. We also wanted to find a way to include the composition community as a whole.



The focus of the small competition was for composers and arrangers to create an arrangement of a track from a video game whose story is based around quarantines, viruses, pandemics, diseases, or the like. A digitally released album will be remotely recorded and released on all major platforms. The album will total approximately 55 minutes with 16 total tracks. Judging and recording was done by Videri String Quartet members.  

First place

- Mark Choi

  • Alone We Have No Future (Death Stranding), composed by Ludvig Forssell

Runners Up

- Christian Pacaud

  • Amusement Park (NieR Automata), composed by Keiichi Okabe

- Jesse Myers

  • The Shelter (A Plague Tale: Innocence), composed by Olivier Deriviere

Arrangements featured on Quarentets

- Christian Afonso

  • The Path (The Last of Us), composed by Gustavo Santaolalla

- Benji Inniger 

  • Vanishing Grace - Childhood (The Last of Us), composed by Gustavo Santaolalla

- Thomas Kresge

  • Fever (Doctor Mario), composed by Hirokazu Tanaka

- Brian LaGuardia

  • The Witch of Hemwick (Bloodborne), compsed by Cris Valesco

- Rik Loyd

  • Wicked Child (Castlevania), composed by Kinuyo Yamashita

- Tim Maurice

  • The Last of Us Main Theme, composed by Gustavo Santaolalla

- Jamin Morden

  • City of Tears (Hollow Knight), composed by Christopher Larkin

- Jamin Morden

  • Hornet (Hollow Knight), composed by Christopher Larkin

- Jamin Morden

  • Nitro Rider (Megaman 10), composed by Manami Matsumae

- Jeff Penny

  • The Last of Us Main Theme, composed by Gustavo Santaolalla

- Zachary Pinkham

  • Chasing a Rumor (The Last of Us, Part 2), composed by Gustavo Santaolalla

- Shane Rutherfoord-Jones

  • Deus Ex Main Theme, composed by Alexander Brandon

- Calvin Tillman

  • Hollow Knight Main Theme, composed by Christopher Larkin

Competition Dates

  • July 1, 2020 - Submissions open

  • August 1, 2020, 11:59pm EST - submissions close

  • August 24, 2020 - 1st round winners announced

  • October 15, 2020 - 1st place and runner up winners announced

  • December 1, 2020 - Digital Album release - DELAYED!!!! New release date expected mid-February 2021 (thanks 2020...)

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