The 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

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The winner of the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition is the Esmé Quartet

View the full list of prize winners

Dates: The Competition itself will take place between Tuesday 10 – Sunday 15 April 2018 inclusive. Selected quartets will be expected to arrive in London no later than Sunday 8 April 2018 and leave on Monday 16 April 2018.

Venues: The Preliminary Rounds will be held at the Royal Academy of Music, the Semi-Finals and Final at Wigmore Hall. Quartets not based in the UK will also be asked to perform once outside the Competition timetable at lunchtime concerts in London as part of the events surrounding the Competition.

Schedule: The schedule for the competition can be downloaded from here.



The 12 quartets selected to compete in the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition are:

  • Callisto Quartet based in USA
  • Eliot Quartett based in Germany
  • Esmé Quartet based in Germany
  • Gildas Quartet based in UK
  • Goldmund Quartett based in Germany
  • Idomeneo Quartet based in UK/Switzerland/Spain
  • Marmen Quartet based in UK
  • Quartet Amabile based in Japan
  • Quatuor Tchalik based in France
  • Solem Quartet based in UK
  • Vera Quartet based in USA
  • Viano Quartet based in USA

More information on the quartets can be found here


International Jury

The Members of the International Jury were:

  • John Gilhooly OBE Chairman
    Director, Wigmore Hall
  • Jonathan Brown
    viola, Casals Quartet
  • András Fejér
    cello, Takács Quartet
  • Nobuko Imai
    viola, Michelangelo Quartet
  • Bjørg Lewis
    cello, Vertavo Quartet
  • Heime Müller
    violin, ex-Artemis Quartet
  • Károly Schranz
    violin, Takács Quartet

Invitation Jury

Members of the Invitation Jury were:

  • Hélène Clement
    viola, Doric Quartet
  • Emma Denton
    cello, Carducci Quartet
  • Donald Grant
    violin, Elias Quartet
  • Oliver Heath
    violin, Heath Quartet
  • Alasdair Tait
    cello, Director of YCAT

Contact: Specific enquiries should be directed by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to the General Manager, Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

Application Process

Important information for entrants wishing to apply for the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition