Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition - 2015 shortlist

The Arcadia Quartet, winners of the 2012 Competition, with John Gilhooly - photo Ben Ealovega
The Arcadia Quartet, winners of the 2012 Competition,
with John Gilhooly, Director of the Wigmore Hall.~
photo Ben Ealovega
The 12 quartets have been announced who will take part in the 13th edition of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The shortlisted quartets, chosen after a blind listening process, include two from the UK, five from the USA, two from France and one each from Germany, Switzerland and Spain: Aeolus Quartet, Aizuri Quartet, Alinde Quartett, Amber Quartet, Benyounes Quartet, Evita Quartet, Piatti Quartet, Quatuor Girard, Quatuor Lumiere, Rolston String Quartet, Van Kuijk Quartet and Zora String Quartet.

The competition, which takes place from 24 to 29 March 2015, is at the centre of a week long celebration of the string quartet at the Wigmore Hall with performances from the quartets in the competition and former prize-winners such as the Tesla, Danish, Arcadia, Meccorre, Atrium and Dover Quartets.

For the first time, the Wigmore Hall has commissioned a set work; during the preliminary rounds each quartet will perform Mark Anthony Turnage's Contusion which was premiered on 6 December at the Wigmore Hall by former prize-winners the Belcea Quartet.

The winning quartet receives £10,000 prize money, a UK concert tour and a tour of Germany, residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada and Avaloch Farm Music Institute, a place at the McGill String Quartet Academy, plus recital appearances at the Morrison Artists Series in San Francisco and at the Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival 2015.

Further information from the Wigmore Hall website.

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