2021 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

logo stringcomp2021Preliminary Notice

Dates: The Competition itself will take place between Tuesday 13 - Sunday 18 April 2021 inclusive. Selected quartets will be expected to arrive in London no later than Sunday 11 April 2021 and leave on Monday 19 April 2021.

Venues: the Preliminary Round will be held at the Royal Academy of Music from Tuesday 13-Friday 16 April 2021, the Semi-Finals and Final at Wigmore Hall on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April 2021 respectively. Quartets not based in the UK will also be asked to perform once outside the Competition timetable, either at a lunchtime concert or in a community setting, as part of the events surrounding the Competition.

Rules and Repertoire: The full rules and requirements for entry for the Competition are here. Note that they have changed from previous years.  They are also available for download here.


Applications are now open; they close on Thursday 3 December 2020.


The Members of the International Jury will be:

  • John Gilhooly - Chairman
    Director, Wigmore Hall
  • Jonathan Brown
    viola, Casals Quartet
  • Hélène Clément
    viola, Doric Quartet
  • Simin Ganatra
    violin, Pacifica Quartet
  • Louise Hopkins
    cello, Head of Strings, Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • Laura Samuel
    violin, leader BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and ex-Belcea Quartet
  • Kyril Zlotnikov
    cello, Jerusalem Quartet

Members of the Invitation Jury will be announced in due course.


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

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