2022 Competition Prizes

First Prize –
The Harry M Weinrebe Prize
Kindly donated by The Dorset Foundation
Second Prize £6,000
Kindly donated by Henry and Suzanne Davis
Third Prize £3,000
Kindly donated by an anonymous donor

Special Prizes

The Bram Eldering Prize £1,200 – for the best performance of a 19th century
quartet in the Semi-finals
Kindly donated by the Eldering/Goecke family
The Sidney Griller Award £1,000 – for the best performance of Sally Beamish’s Nine Fragments in the Preliminary Round
Kindly donated by an anonymous donor
The Haydn Prize £1,000 – for the best performance of a Haydn quartet in the Preliminary Round
Kindly donated by he Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust
The Alan Bradley Mozart Prize £1,000 – for the best performance of a Mozart quartet in the Preliminary Round
Kindly donated by by Alan Bradley
Twentieth Century Prize £1,000 – for the best performance of a twentieth century work in the Preliminary Round
Kindly donated by Peter Outen
The City of Portsmouth Prize £1,000 – for the most promising quartet not progressing to the Final
Kindly donated by Ian Kemp

Professional Development Prizes for the First Prize Winner

Recital at Wigmore Hall

This is perhaps the single most significant part of the professional development plans in the UK. The costs of hiring the Wigmore Hall and promoting a concert are beyond the reach of most young quartets, so the importance of having such a performance underwritten is not to be underestimated. The Wigmore Hall debut concert provides a showcase to which influential concert promoters, members of the press and other chamber musicians can be invited.

Avaloch Farm Music Institute Residency

Avaloch Farm Music Institute is a professional chamber musicians’ retreat situated 100 miles north of Boston in the beautiful countryside of New Hampshire, USA. Avaloch Farm provides a unique opportunity for professional chamber music ensembles to work intensely in a bucolic and supportive atmosphere. Residencies at Avaloch Farm are normally only available by application and selection, but the winner of the 2022 Competition will benefit from a guaranteed residency for a two-week period of their choice during the 2023 season (May-September). Avaloch Farm will provide rehearsal space, accommodation and meals, together with performance opportunities at the Institute, and outreach work in the local community. The winning quartet will only need to book and pay for their travel costs.

Kindly donated by the Avaloch Farm Music Institute
Founder: Dr Alfred Tauber Artistic Director: Ashley Bathgate


Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Residency Prize

The winner of the 2022 Competition will be offered a 10-day funded residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada, with meals, accommodation and tuition included. The residency is to be completed within 24 months of the competition, at a mutually agreed upon time.

Kindly donated by The Banff Centre



The winner of the 2022 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition will be guaranteed a place at the McGill International String Quartet Academy 2022, which takes place in Montreal, Canada, Sunday 7 – Saturday 20 August 2022. MISQA will provide return travel to Montreal, accommodation, per diems and tuition costs for the winning quartet.

Kindly donated by Mrs. Constance Pathy, Knight of the National Order of Quebec
Founder of MISQA


ProQuartet Prize

ProQuartet-CEMC will award a place at one of ProQuartet’s Masterclasses in 2022 or 2023 and a recital at the Nuit du Quatuor 2022 (October 2022), to the winner of the First Prize at the 2022 Competition.

Kindly donated by ProQuartet-CEMC

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Professional Development Prizes for the First, Second or Third Prize Winners

Britten Pears Young Artist Programme Prize

The Britten Pears Young Artist Programme (BPYAP) was founded in 1972 by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears to provide high-level performance training for early career professional musicians. Led by the world’s finest performers, teachers and creatives, all projects and opportunities take place on our creative campus at the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival and the Red House in Aldeburgh – Britten & Pears’ home and archive. The BPYAP hosts some of the world’s premier performers and teachers who lead intensive projects, which culminate in high profile performances and masterclasses. One quartet (drawn from this year’s Finalists) will be awarded a residency as part of BPYAP’s Chamber Music in Residence programme in spring 2023. This series offers exceptional emerging ensembles the opportunity to undertake intensive study and rehearsal with mentoring from eminent chamber musicians - chosen by the ensemble – on repertoire of their choice. Each residency lasts a fortnight and includes two lunchtime concerts at the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh. The BPYAP will cover travel (from the EU and within the UK only), accommodation costs and contribute towards food costs.

Kindly awarded by the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme based at Snape Maltings


Esterházy Foundation Prize

The Esterházy Foundation will award a residency including a full-length recital engagement during the Herbstgold concert series in September 2022 at the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, to the winner of the First, Second or Third Prize at the 2022 Competition, at the discretion of the Esterházy Foundation.

Kindly donated by The Esterházy Foundation

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Leeds International Concert Season Prize

Leeds International Concert Season is the largest local authority funded concert season in the country, presenting over 200 concerts each year ranging from international and national orchestras, chamber music, solo piano recitals, brass bands to free concerts at lunchtimes and in the city’s parks in the summer. Before retiring in 2020, the Endellion String Quartet presented a spring season each year from 2005-2019 for LICS. We are delighted to now work with the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition to welcome a new quartet to Leeds. One quartet will be chosen, at the discretion of LICS, to give three concerts each spring in 2023, 2024, and 2025 (nine concerts in total) at The Venue at Leeds Conservatoire.

Kindly donated by LICS

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Professional Development Prize for any competing quartet

Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland Prize

A full Scholarship to the Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus Schloss Weikersheim, Germany, September 7 - 18 2022. Teachers: Vogler Quartet, Heime Müller (violin, Artistic Director), Valentin Erben (cello) and Dirk Mommertz (piano). The Scholarship will be awarded by the Jury to the competing quartet they feel would most benefit from the coaching at this International Chamber Music Course.

Kindly donated by Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland

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