2022 Competition Jury

Members of the Competition Jury are:

John Gilhooly OBE, Chairman

John GilhoolyJohn Gilhooly
Chairman of the Jury, Artistic and Executive Director of Wigmore Hall

John Gilhooly became Director of Wigmore Hall in 2005, making him, then, the youngest leader of any of the world’s great concert halls. As Director of Wigmore Hall, he programmes the largest chamber music and song series in the world. John has been honoured by heads of state and academic institutions. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE and in 2015 was made a Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by the President of Finland. John has also received the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art and the Order of the Star of Italy. In 2016 he was awarded the German Order of Merit, Germany’s highest civilian honour. He is a recipient of Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music (2006), Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music (2012), Honorary Fellowship of the Guildhall School (2015), and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (2016) and is patron of Leeds Lieder, Irish Heritage, Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, Wimbledon Music Festival and Corpus Christi Maiden Lane Refurbishment Project. John was awarded the Heidelberger Frühling Music Award in 2019 he was also presented with the Musicians’ Company Cobbett Medal for chamber music. He is Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, one of the oldest music societies in the world, and is the current Song Prize Chair for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan BrownJonathan Brown

Born in Chicago in 1974, Jonathan Brown began his musical studies at the age of four, and later began playing the viola in chamber music ensembles. He studied with Heidi Castleman, Martha Strongin Katz and Victoria Chiang, before receiving his Masters Degree from the Juilliard School with Karen Tuttle.

Upon receiving a Beebe Grant for Musicians, Jonathan moved to Salzburg where he studied at The Universität Mozarteum with Thomas Riebl and Veronika Hagen. He participated in masterclasses with Diemut Poppen, Sylvia Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein and has been profoundly influenced by his lessons with Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág.

In 2002 Jonathan joined the Cuarteto Casals, with whom he has regularly appeared in the most important concert halls and festivals around the world. The quartet records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi, for whom they have recorded a wide range of repertoire from Boccherini to Kurtág.

Jonathan has also been a featured guest of other chamber music ensembles, including the Tokyo, Kuss, Miro, Quiroga and Zemlinsky Quartets and the Kandinsky Trio. A dedicated performer of new music, Jonathan is a fouding member of Funktion and has often appeared as soloist with BCN216, performing works of Morton Feldman and Luciano Berio. He is currently professor of viola and chamber music at ESMUC in Barcelona and assistant professor of viola at the Escuela Reina Sofía in Madrid and is frequently invited to give masterclasses throughout Europe and America.

Hélène Clément

Helene ClementHélène Clément
viola, Doric String Quartet

Born in France in 1988, Hélène Clément has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Gardner Museum in Boston, The Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Cortot and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in other venues throughout Europe.

Ms. Clément’s chamber music partners have included Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Biss, Brett Dean, Richard Goode, Alina Ibragimova, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Mitsuko Uchida and Peter Wispelwey, as well as the Brentano String Quartet and the Nash Ensemble.

In September 2013 she joined the Doric String Quartet with which she performs around the world. Recent highlights include recitals at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, the Vienna Musikverein, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, and regular performances at Wigmore Hall, and in many festivals such as Aldeburgh, Carinthischer Sommer, Delft, Edinburgh, Grafenegg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musica Viva Sydney, Risør, Schwetzinger and West Cork Festivals. Further afield the quartet has toured to Japan, Israel, Australia, America and New Zealand.

Since 2010 the Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records. Future releases will include works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Britten. Hélène Clément is a regular guest at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in America, and Prussia Cove in England. She teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music of London and plays on Benjamin Britten’s viola made by Guissani in 1843, generously given on loan from the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Simin Ganatra

Simin GanatraSimin Ganatra

Simin Ganatra is professor of music in violin and chair of the Strings Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is also first violinist of the Pacifica Quartet, the school's quartet-in-residence.

Ganatra has won wide recognition for her performances throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed numerous times in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam, and Carnegie's Zankel Hall. Collaborations include performances with Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Lynn Harrell, and Menahem Pressler, among others.

She is the recipient of several awards and prizes, including a Grammy for best chamber music performance, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Cleveland Quartet Award, and top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Pasadena Instrumental Competition, and Schubert Club Competition.

Originally from Los Angeles, Ganatra studied with Idell Low, Robert Lipsett, and Roland and Almita Vamos. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she was concertmaster of the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra and recipient of the Louis Kaufman Prize for outstanding performance in chamber music.

She was previously professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. She has many recordings on the Cedille Records label, including the complete string quartets of Felix Mendelssohn, Elliot Carter, and Dmitri Shostakovich. During the summer, she serves on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Louise Hopkins

Louise HopkinsLouise Hopkins

Louise Hopkins enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist and cello professor. She has performed in venues internationally collaborating with artists such as Thomas Adès, Aleksandar Madzar, András Keller, Ferenc Rados, Dénes Várjon, Alexander Melnikov, Tamara Stefanovich, François Leleux, Emmanuel Pahud and the Takács Quartet. The Times commented on her performance of Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto with the composer conducting at the Barbican Hall that ‘players with such personality, agility and power are rare’.

Louise has frequently participated at major festivals including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham,Bath, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Belgrade cello Festival, Dijon, Trondheim , and the Australian Chamber Music Festival. She has also been a regular participant at the Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music for over 20 years and has been broadcast on the BBC, RTE, WFMT, Swiss Romande, ABC, New Zealand Radio and Radio France.

Louise is invited to give masterclasses internationally and has held teaching positions at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Bern Hochschule. She is currently the Head of Strings and a cello professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a jury member Louise has participated on the juries of the Banff and Trondheim string quartet competitions, the Lutoslawski and Amsterdam Biennale cello competitions and will be going to the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2022.

Laura Samuel

Laura SamuelLaura Samuel
violin, ex-Belcea Quartet, leader, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Born in London, Laura Samuel studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music, London. Prizes include the Royal Over-Seas League, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Manoug Parikian Award and the TWIYCA Competition, resulting in her Southbank recital debut.

In 1994 she co-founded the Belcea Quartet and was a member for 16 years. The Quartet won First Prize in the Osaka and Bordeaux International Competitions. Worldwide tours included regular visits to the States, Far East and throughout Europe as well as a five-year residency at Wigmore Hall. Their numerous recordings for EMI Classics include Bartók, Janáček and Britten cycles as well as Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy and Ravel quartets, and have won Gramophone, Midem, Edison and Echo Klassik awards.

Solo performances have included the Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev (2nd) Concertos and the Barber at the QEH as part of the South Bank Bernstein Project.
Laura Samuel has taught Chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Northern College of Music and plays the ex ‘Nissel’ Stradivarius of 1731. She joined the Nash Ensemble in 2010.

Kyril Zlotnikov

Kyril ZlotnikovKyril Zlotnikov
cello, Jerusalem Quartet

Born in Minsk, Belarus to a family of professional musicians, Kyril Zlotnikov began his studies at the Belarusian State Music Academy. He continued his studies in Israel, completing his musical education at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. While a student, Kyril Zlotnikov participated in master classes and courses with such prominent musicians as Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Aldo Parisot and Georgy Kurtag.

In 1991 Kyril Zlotnikov received a scholarship from the America-Israel Culture Foundation, and went on to win prizes in many competitions including the Clairmont Competition, the Braun-Roger Siegl Competition and the Pierre Tarcali Prize. He has subsequently served as a jury member for several international competitions, including the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2016.

He is a founding member of the Jerusalem Quartet, one of the most dynamic and exciting young quartets currently performing, recognised for its artistic creativity. The quartet has given multiple performances all over the world and has become Israel's leading string quartet. Since 2002 the Jerusalem Quartet has recorded exclusively for Harmonia Mundi.

From 2001-2012 Kyril Zlotnikov was principal cellist of, and tutor for, the cello section of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. He also frequently took part in special projects and tours with the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra as principal cellist.

Kyril Zlotnikov plays a 1710 Giovanni Battista Ruggieri cello which was loaned generously to him for life from a private collection.