2018 Competition Prizes

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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 in memory of Sonia Withers who was an impassioned lover of chamber music

Special Prizes

The Sidney Griller Award £1,000 – for the best performance of Thomas Adès The Four Quarters in the Preliminary Round
Kindly donated by an anonymous donor
Haydn Prize £1,000 – for the best performance of a Haydn quartet in the Preliminary Round
Kindly donated by The 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 Bram Eldering Beethoven Prize £1,200 – for the best performance of a Beethoven quartet in the Semi-finals
Kindly donated by the Eldering/Goecke family

Please note: First and Second prize-winners will be expected to set aside one half of their cash prize in order to assist with their development and tax planning and enable them to fund necessary expenses over a two year period. Cash balances not utilised will be released after 18 months.

Professional development prizes for the First Prize Winner

UK Tour

The tour will consist of 10-12 concerts, at universities and arts venues, and for music societies, and may include concerts for school children, giving the winning quartet immediate exposure across the UK. The tour will take place during the 2019/20 Season, during September and October 2019.

Wigmore Hall does not retain any fees for its management service in arranging the winner’s tour of the UK, but reserves the right to enter into agreement with other managements to secure concert engagements. Concert engagements obtained by Wigmore Hall or its designates as part of the first prize will not be subject to any fee payable to the prize winner’s current or future general management. For the concert season in which the Winner’s Concert Tour takes place, the winning quartet and its current or future general management agree to give exclusivity within a 100km radius of each venue of the tour.

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 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 2018 Competition will benefit from a guaranteed residency for a two week period of their choice during the 2019 season: Saturday 1 June – Friday 1 November 2019. 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.

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Avaloch Farm Music Institute

Founder: Dr Alfred Tauber • Executive Director: Deborah Sherr

The Banff Centre Residency Prize

(value approx. $4,500)

The winner of the 2018 Competition will be offered a two week funded residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, with meals, accommodation and tuition included. The residency must be taken before the end of March 2019, either in Autumn 2018 (end September - end November 2018), or Winter 2019 (January – mid March 2019).

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Kindly donated by The Banff Centre

Champs Hill Records Prize

(value approx. £10,000)

Champs Hill Records, one of the UK’s newest independent record labels, will host the First Prize Winners at Champs Hill in West Sussex for three days of recording, to make a CD which will then be released commercially. Costs of recording, accommodation, and release (with international distribution physically and digitally) will be met by Champs Hill Records. The winning quartet will be provided with copies of the CD, which they are free to use for promotional purposes, to sell at concerts and so on. The prize should be taken up within 18 months of the Competition; there is no obligation to take up the offer.

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Kindly donated by Champs Hill Records & the Bowerman Charitable Trust

Champs Hill Records


The winner of the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition will be guaranteed a place at the McGill International String Quartet Academy 2018, which takes place in Montreal, Canada, Sunday 12 – Saturday 25 August 2018. MISQA will provide return travel to Montreal, accommodation, per diems and tuition costs for the winning quartet.

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


Professional development prizes for the First, Second or Third Prize Winners

The Esterházy Foundation Prize

(value approx. €12,000)

The Esterházy Foundation will award a residency including a full-length recital engagement during the 2019 classic.Esterházy concert series, at the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, to the winner of the First, Second or Third Prize at the 2018 Competition, at the discretion of the Esterházy Foundation.

Kindly donated by The Esterházy Foundation

The ProQuartet Prize

ProQuartet-CEMC will award a place on a course as part of ProQuartet’s professional training programme to the winner of the First, Second or Third Prize at the 2018 Competition, at the discretion of ProQuartet. The selected quartet can choose to attend a course either in Paris or Provence, either during the remainder of the 2017/18 season or during the 2018/19 season. For courses in Paris, the prize will cover tuition fees (travel, accommodation and food will be at the quartet’s own expense). For courses in Pont-Royal (Provence), the prize will cover tuition fees and accommodation (travel and food will be at the quartet’s own expense).

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Kindly donated by the ProQuartet-CEMC

The St. Lawrence String Quartet Prize

At the discretion of the Jury, one of the finalists in this year’s Competition will be offered a fully funded placement at the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar in 2018 or 2019.

Held at America’s extraordinary Stanford University in northern California, this two week programme includes performance opportunities, coaching with internationally celebrated faculty from the St. Lawrence, Brentano, and Orion String Quartets and more. The prize includes: a full tuition scholarship for ten days to the SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar (Friday 22 June to Sunday 1 July, 2018 or Friday 21 to 30 June, 2019; dates to be determined via consultation with SLSQ); an extended stay as Resident Fellows of the Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies programme (Monday 2 to Saturday 7 July, 2018 or Monday 1 to Saturday 6 July, 2019; dates to be determined via consultation with SLSQ); round trip international travel to Stanford; on campus housing and dining.

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Kindly donated by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Stanford University

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, Wednesday 5 to Sunday September 2018. Teachers: Cuarteto Casals, Eberhard Feltz (violin), Heime Müller (violin, ex-Artemis Quartet) and Ferenc Rados (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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