Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition – widely regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious platforms for young and emerging string quartets – has announced the twelve shortlisted quartets to take part in the fourteenth edition of the Competition (10-15 April 2018).
The twelve quartets invited to participate (listed below) include three quartets based in the UK, three each from the USA and Germany, one each from France, Japan and one which is based between the UK, Switzerland and Spain, with musicians of 19 nationalities between them. Shortlisted quartets were selected through a rigorous process of blind listening by a jury of five experienced string quartet musicians.
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, says: “Wigmore Hall is delighted to welcome twelve such diverse quartets to the International String Quartet Competition, which is always an exciting and rewarding journey for all competitors. I am thrilled that Wigmore Hall is once again able to provide such an important platform for the development of young talent, and I look forward to a fascinating week of total string quartet immersion.”
Taking place between 10-15 April 2018 the Competition is at the heart of a week-long celebration of the art of string quartet music at Wigmore Hall which includes not only performances by the competing quartets, but also concerts by now-established former prize-winners including the Arcadia, Atrium and Belcea Quartets – alongside a host of pre-concert talks, masterclasses, family events and a film screening.
The winning quartet not only receives £10,000 in prize money, donated by The Dorset Foundation, but also a UK concert tour, residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada and Avaloch Farm Music Institute, USA and a place at the McGill International String Quartet Academy.
In addition to Second (£6,000) and Third (£3,000) prizes, there are also a range of grants and career development prizes available, donated by a host of organisations including the Esterházy Foundation, ProQuartet-CEMC and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland.
Following the preliminary rounds – which are FREE public performances at Royal Academy of Music – at least six quartets will make it to the Semi-Finals at Wigmore Hall with public performances on 14 April, and at least three will make it to the Final on 15 April.
Judged by a prestigious jury comprising prominent international string quartet musicians Jonathan Brown, András Fejér, Nobuko Imai, Bjørg Lewis, Heime Müller and Károly Schranz – chaired by Wigmore Hall’s own John Gilhooly – the First, Second and Third Prizes will all be announced at a ceremony shortly following the final performance.