Tuesday 27 March – Sunday 1 April 2012

New name underpins the prestige and value of one the world’s leading chamber music competitions

Wigmore Hall plays host to the final of the Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition on 1 April 2012, crowning a new phase in the prestigious triennial event’s development. There has been a long and close association between Wigmore Hall and the London International String Quartet Competition: the final and semi-final rounds of the last three competitions have all taken place at the Hall. The venue has been responsible for the LISQC and its related education and outreach programme since June 2010, a formal relationship reflected in the addition of Wigmore Hall to the competition’s name. The eleventh LISQC, held in April 2009, was won by the Danish String Quartet.

The preliminary rounds of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition will take place from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 March 2012 at the Royal Academy of Music; the semi-finals and final have been respectively set for Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April 2012 at Wigmore Hall. All performing rounds are open to members of the public.

Twelve quartets have been selected by the Invitation Jury to compete for the 2012 title, here listed in alphabetical order: Aeolus Quartet (USA), Arcadia Quartet (Romania), Attacca Quartet (USA), Gemeaux Quartett (Switzerland), Kallaci String Quartet (Republic of South Korea), Meccorre String Quartet (Poland), Nightingale Quartet (Denmark), Piatti Quartet (UK), Schnitzler Quartet (Germany), Tesla Quartet (USA), The Old City String Quartet (USA) and Voxare String Quartet (USA).

The 2012 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition’s distinguished jury will comprise John Gilhooly, Laura Samuel, Barry Shiffman, Simon Rowland-Jones, Alasdair Tait, Christoph Richter, Sylvia Rosenberg and Mark Steinberg.

“Originally the brainchild of Yehudi Menuhin, this magnificent competition is held every three years and is considered by many observers to be the most prestigious of its kind in the world,” comments John Gilhooly , Director of Wigmore Hall. “Past prize-winners include the Takács, Hagen, Alexander, Endellion, Vanbrugh, Wihan, Casals and Belcea quartets, all of whom have achieved international renown. We are delighted that Wigmore Hall is now the custodian of this great competition.”

Competition audiences have the chance to hear each of the selected quartets perform two contrasting recitals. The Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition 2012 also offers members of the public the opportunity to experience a unique combination of lunchtime concerts, talks and masterclasses presented at a range of central London venues.


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