2018 Selected Quartets


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Twelve quartets were selected to proceed to the Preliminary Stages of the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

Callisto Quartet

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  • Based in: USA
  • Ensemble founded: 2016
  • Current formation: 2016
  • Average age: 22

Callisto Quartet

  • Paul Aguilar (USA) violin
  • Rachel Stenzl (USA) violin
  • Eva Kennedy (USA) viola
  • Hannah Moses (USA) cello

Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Callisto Quartet brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music. Its members are all pursuing different undergraduate and graduate degrees at CIM. The Callisto Quartet was selected as the CIM Apprentice Quartet for 2017; it is coached by Si-Yan Li and works closely with Peter Salaff and the members of the Cavani String Quartet. In the summer of 2017 the quartet attended the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and the McGill International String Quartet Academy; they also received a fellowship to study at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with members of the Brentano, Miro, and Emerson quartets.

The quartet recently appeared in concert with David Geringas for the Cleveland Cello Society’s 20th anniversary concert and it is the ensemble in residence at the Carolina Music Museum in Greenville, South Carolina where they will be performing later this year.

Eliot Quartett

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  • Based in: Germany
  • Ensemble founded: 2014
  • Current formation: 2014
  • Average age: 29.75

Eliot Quartett

  • Maryana Osipova (Russia) violin
  • Alexander Sachs (Canada/Austria) violin
  • Dmitry Hahalin (Germany) viola
  • Michael Press (Germany) cello

The Eliot Quartett was founded in 2014 and is the result of long-term friendship and musical experience. The four musicians began studying chamber music with Professor Hubert Buchberger and are currently studying with Professor Tim Vogler at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main and with Professor Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. The Eliot Quartett has attended masterclasses with Valentin Erben, Alfred Brendel and the Mandelring Quartett, and in October 2016 won Second Prize at the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation String Quartet Competition.

In 2017 the quartet was accepted into the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz Scholarship Programme and received the Academy Prize for the promotion of young talent from the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz. Most recently, the quartet was awarded Second Prize at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in February this year. The Eliot Quartett is named after the American poet T. S. Eliot whose famous work The Four Quartets was inspired by the innovative late quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven. Eliot attempted to establish a connection between past, present and future by breaking away from the accepted classical forms of the time.

Esmé Quartet

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  • Based in: Germany
  • Ensemble founded: April 2016
  • Current formation: October 2016
  • Average age: 26.5

Esmé Quartet

  • Wonhee Bae (South Korea) violin
  • Yoona Ha (South Korea) violin
  • Jiwon Kim (South Korea) viola
  • Ye-eun Heo (South Korea) cello

Formed in 2016, the Esmé Quartet is comprised of four Korean musicians. The quartet won First Prize at the 2016 Chamber Music Competition at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and was recently awarded Third Prize at the 2017 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and the Audience prize at the Irene Steels Wilsing String Quartet Competition 2018. The quartet has performed at the Kranhaus in Köln, the Alpmuseum in Remagen and the Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders, and its recording has been broadcast on NDR Radio Germany. The Esmé Quartet has participated in the ProQuartet Academy and the 2017 Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus Weikersheim where it was awarded a special prize of a concert in the 2019 Heidelberger Frühling String Quartet Festival. The quartet has also been invited to participate in the Bordeaux Festival 2018 and the Musiq3 Festival at the Flagey Brussels. The quartet has worked with artists such as Günter Pichler and Jonathan Brown (Casals Quartet).

The Esmé Quartet is currently studying on the Master of Chamber Music course at the Musikhochschule Lübeck under the tutelage of Heime Müller.

Gildas Quartet

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  • Based in: UK
  • Ensemble founded: 2010
  • Current formation: 2014
  • Average age: 31

Gildas Quartet

  • Christopher Jones (Canada) violin
  • Gemma Sharples (UK) violin
  • Kay Stephen (UK) viola
  • Anna Menzies (UK) cello

The Gildas Quartet has performed to critical acclaim at major venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Equally passionate about new music and works from the quartet canon, the Gildas Quartet has a concert series called First Nights, Last Rites in which it commissions pieces to be partnered with well-loved late quartets. The first instalment, a new piece by Philip Cashian, was conceived alongside Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden', receiving its première at the St Magnus Festival.

The quartet has performed with musicians such as Alexander Baillie, Robin Tritschler and Matthew Barley and have recently completed a recording of two works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad to be included in a disc for the Champs Hill label. The quartet is a City Music Foundation Artist and has recently finished its tenure as a Junior Fellow at the Birmingham Conservatoire where it is now Associate Ensemble. The quartet has frequently been featured by the Park Lane Group and is grateful for awards and support from the Tunnell Trust and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Goldmund Quartett

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  • Based in: Germany
  • Ensemble founded: 2010
  • Current formation: 2010
  • Average age: 26

Goldmund Quartett

  • Florian Schötz (Germany) violin
  • Pinchas Adt (Germany) violin
  • Christoph Vandory (Germany) viola
  • Raphael Paratore (Germany) cello

The Goldmund Quartett is taught by Gerhard Schulz in Stuttgart and Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. The quartet has been inspired by masterclasses with the Hagen, Borodin, Melos, Belcea, Artemis, Ysaÿe and Cherubini quartets, Ferenc Rados, Eberhard Feltz and Alfred Brendel. Since its debut at Munich’s Prinzregententheater, the quartet has appeared at international festivals such as the Festival Aix-en-Provence, Festival de Música y Danza Granada and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. Recitals have taken them to prestigious chamber music venues and series all over Europe, Canada, China and the US. The 2017/18 season sees the Goldmund Quartett debut in Washington, Shanghai and South Africa. Further concerts will lead the four musicians to the Prinzregententheater in Munich and to the Festival Heidelberger Frühling.

The Goldmund Quartett has been awarded several Prizes and scholarships, amongst them the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship. In 2015 they received a scholarship from Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, the Bavarian Young Artist Award and the Karl-Klinger-Prize during the 2016 ARD International Music Competition Munich.

Idomeneo Quartet

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  • Based in: UK/Switzerland/Spain
  • Ensemble founded: 2009
  • Current formation: 2014
  • Average age: 30

Idomeneo Quartet

  • Mark Derudder (Belgium) violin
  • Bálint Váray Hungary) violin
  • Miguel Rodríguez (Spain) viola
  • Pau Codina (Spain) cello

Formed in 2009, the Idomeneo Quartet held the Chamber Music Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2009 to 2011, studying with Alasdair Tait. The quartet continued its studies with Rainer Schmidt in Basel and later on with the Vogler Quartet in Stuttgart. The quartet was awarded Second Prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2013. Other accolades include the Tunnell Trust Award and performances for the Park Lane Group in its London concert series. The Idomeneo Quartet was also awarded a prize for ‘most convincing new ensemble’ at the 54th Jeunesses Musicales Chamber Music Campus in Weikersheim, where they worked with Heime Müller and the Vogler Quartet. They were invited again in 2015 for masterclasses with the Casals Quartet and Heime Müller.

The Idomeneo Quartet has held recitals in numerous concert venues all over Europe and extensively throughout the UK, in venues such as the Colston Hall, the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall and St Martin in the Fields. The quartet has also performed at various international festivals, including MISQA in Montreal, the King’s Lynn Festival, the White Crow Music Festival in the Netherlands and the international Heidelberger Frühling Festival in Germany.

Marmen Quartet

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  • Based in: UK
  • Ensemble founded: 2013
  • Current formation: 2017
  • Average age: 26.5

Marmen Quartet

  • Johannes Marmen (Sweden) violin
  • Ricky Gore (UK/Japan) violin
  • Bryony Gibson-Cornish (UK/New Zealand) viola
  • Steffan Morris (UK/Wales) cello

The Marmen Quartet was the winner of Music in the Round's Bridge scheme for 2015-2017, and the Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugene Frost Prize in 2017. The quartet is also a Making Music Selected Artist for 2017-2018, and is the Ensemble in Residence with the Salomon Smith Chamber Music Society. The quartet was founded at the Royal College of Music in 2013; since its formation, the Marmen Quartet has enjoyed coaching sessions with Simon Rowland-Jones and the late Peter Cropper. The quartet also studies regularly with Oliver Wille at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover and with John Myerscough. In 2017-18, Simon Rowland-Jones will mentor the group through an Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music.

Recent highlights have included a two week residency with Aldeburgh Music and live appearances on Swedish Radio and BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. In the summer of 2017 the Marmen Quartet took part in the Foco Boulez Festival at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, where it performed in a variety of programmes and settings as well as quartet recitals. The quartet will return to Buenos Aires in late 2018 to embark on its first Beethoven cycle.

Quartet Amabile

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  • Based in: Japan
  • Ensemble founded: 2012
  • Current formation: 2015
  • Average age: 23

Quartet Amabile

  • Yuna Shinohara (Japan) violin
  • Chihiro Kitada (Japan) violin
  • Meguna Naka (Japan) viola
  • Tatsuki Sasanuma (Japan) cello

The Quartet Amabile was formed at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Japan. The quartet won Third Prize, and also the special prize for the best interpretation of the competition piece, in the string quartet section of the 65th ARD International Music Competition Munich, in September 2016. The quartet performed with Martha Argerich at the 19th Beppu Music Festival in May 2017, and has also performed with Kazuhide Isomura, Kyril Zlotnikov, and Krzysztof Jablonski. The quartet won the overall Grand Prix and First Prize at the 10th Yokohama International Music Competition, and First Prize at the 12th Romanian International Music Competition, as well as the Kirishima International Music Festival Prize and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi Music Director Prize at the 37th Kirishima International Music Festival.

The quartet has participated in masterclasses with Gunter Pichler, the Gewandhaus, Carmina, Shanghai and Vienna String quartets, Sadao Harada, Koichiro Harada and Nobuko Imai. The Quartet Amabile received the Matsuo Music Subsidy from the Matsuo Academy Promotion Foundation in 2015/2016 and is currently studying with Kazuhide Isomura.

Quatuor Tchalik

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  • Based in: France
  • Ensemble founded: 2013
  • Current formation: 2013
  • Average age: 24.25

Quatuor Tchalik

  • Gabriel Tchalik (France) violin
  • Louise Tchalik (France) violin
  • Sarah Tchalik (France) viola
  • Marc Tchalik (France) cello

The Quatuor Tchalik gave its first concert in 2013. It is made up of two brothers and two sisters, born into a musical family; they were all steeped in music from birth and played together from an early age. The quartet has already played at various festivals in France, Austria, Italy, Spain and Russia, and its concerts have been broadcast live on France Musique on several occasions. In 2016 the quartet began learning with Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Mùsica Reina Sofia in Madrid. The Tchalik Quartet also receives invaluable teaching and support from such musicians as Vladimìr Bukač, Jan Talich, Heime Müller, Yovan Markovitch, Johannes Meissl, Josef Klusoň and Macha Yanouchevsky.

The Quatuor Tchalik has taken part in numerous masterclasses, including MISQA, Villecroze, ProQuartet, ECMA, and Siena Chigiana. In addition, the quartet won the Chamber Music Award 2016 at ISA (Vienna) and the 2017 Fondazione Monte dei Paschi award in Siena and in February 2018 was awarded First Prize at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. The quartet is supported by the Safran Foundation, and plays on four instruments made by the French luthier Philippe Mitéran and four bows made by bow maker Konstantin Cheptitski.

Solem Quartet

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  • Based in: UK
  • Ensemble founded: 2011
  • Current formation: 2017
  • Average age: 27.25

Solem Quartet

  • Amy Tress (UK) violin
  • William Newell (UK) violin
  • Alistair Vennart (UK) viola
  • Stephanie Tress (UK) cello

Winner of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet enjoys a busy concert schedule at venues across the UK including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Bridgewater Hall, as well as performing internationally in several European countries. They have broadcast multiple times on BBC Radio 3, including a live performance at the BBC Proms, and have recorded several CDs of 20th and 21st Century British music for the Divine Art and Nimbus labels. The quartet held a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at the RNCM from 2015-17, and as an ambassador for Live Music Now, gives concerts and workshops in a number of schools around Manchester. The quartet was a 2016/17 Park Lane Group Artist and is a 2017/18 Tunnell Trust Artist.

The Solem Quartet holds the position of Quartet in Residence at the University of Liverpool and is Ensemble in Residence at Aberystwyth MusicFest. The quartet has been privately commissioned to undertake a three-year Beethoven and Bartok cycle starting in 2020 in London, Manchester and Aberystwyth. The Solem Quartet has benefited from inspirational teaching from a number of the world's greatest chamber musicians including members of the Maggini, Elias, Chilingirian, Talich, Takacs, Mosaiques, Dante and Lindsay quartets, and continues to receive coaching through ChamberStudio.

Vera Quartet

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  • Based in: USA
  • Ensemble founded: 2015
  • Current formation: 2016
  • Average age: 28.5

Vera Quartet

  • Pedro Rodriguez Rodriguez (Spain) violin
  • Patricia Quintero Garcia (Cuba/USA) violin
  • Ines Picado Molares (Spain) viola
  • Justin Goldsmith (USA) cello

Winner of the Grand Prize at the most recent Plowman Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and Second Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the Vera Quartet is currently Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with the Pacifica Quartet. Since its foundation, the quartet has held a residency at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Germany, and has also completed its first international tour in South Korea with performances at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and the Korea National University of the Arts. The quartet has participated in the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar, and the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City, and was also one of five artists selected by NPR’s Performance Today as the show’s Young Artist in Residence.

The Vera Quartet has also taken part in the Chamber Music Residency programme at the Banff Centre in Canada, and in summer 2017 attended the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival, where they gave the Aspen première of Augusta Read Thomas’s Selene for string quartet and percussion quartet, after working closely with the composer.

Viano String Quartet

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  • Based in: USA
  • Ensemble founded: 2015
  • Current formation: 2017
  • Average age: 21

Viano String Quartet

  • Lucy Wang (Canada) violin
  • Hao Zhou (USA) violin
  • Aiden Kane (USA) viola
  • Tate Zawadiuk (Canada) cello

The Viano String Quartet was a top prize-winner at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition & Festa, held in the summer of 2017. Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, the quartet was recently featured on NPR host Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great concert series at Cerritos Center. The quartet has appeared in the South Bay Chamber Music Society and Santa Monica Conservatory’s Expo Line Concert Series with Martin Beaver and Paul Coletti, as well as the Colburn Chamber Music Society and Gibson Dunn Rush Hour Concert Series.

As firm believers in community engagement, the quartet participated in the Bellingham Festival of Music’s Play It Forward Residency in March 2017, and took part in its outreach initiative to reach schoolchildren in the northern Washington State area. The quartet works primarily with Martin Beaver, as well as other members of the Colburn School faculty, including Clive Greensmith, Paul Coletti, and Fabio Bidini. They have received coaching from artists such as David Finckel, Gary Hoffman, Arnold Steinhardt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, members of the Emerson String Quartet, and the Calidore String Quartet.