Montréal 2019

Barbican

String Quartet

NL/UK/DE/BG-CA

Amarins Wierdsma , violin
Tim Crawford , violin
Christoph Slenczka , viola
Yoanna Prodanova , cello

First prize winner of the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition as well as the 2018 Saint Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, the London based Barbican String Quartet was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 2018 the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded them the Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize. Among their mentors are Alasdair Tait, Andras Keller, David Waterman, Ferenc Radis and Rita Wagner. 

The Barbican quartet currently studies with Günter Pichler at the Reina Sofia String Quartet Academy in Madrid, and they regularly work with members of the Belcea quartet thanks to the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust.

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Simply

String Quartet

China/Austria/Norway

Danfeng Shen , violin
A. Rankersberger , violin
Xiang Lü , viola
Ivan V. Hollup Roald , cello

Winner of the First Prize of the International “Schubert and Modern Music” Chamber Music Competition in 2018, the Simply Quartet also won the First Prize and special prizes for the best interpretation for a work by Joseph Haydn and the commissioned work at the 2017 Haydn Competition. 

Formed in Shanghai in 2008 under the tutelage of Jensen Horn-Sin Lam, the Simply Quartet moved to Vienna in 2012 where they are currently studying with Johannes Meissl at the University of Music and Performing Arts. 

As a member of European Chamber Music Academy, the quartet also had opportunity to work intensively with Alfred Brendel, Antonello Farulli and Gerhard Schulz.

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Vera

String Quartet

Spain/USA

Pedro Rodriguez , violin
Rebecca Anderson , violin
Ines Picado Molares , viola
Justin Goldsmith , cello

Winners of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the Vera Quartet is currently the String Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. The quartet has received Grand Prizes at Plowman and Yellow Springs chamber music competitions and awards from the M-Prize and Wigmore Hall International competitions. 

Formed in 2015, the quartet has worked with the Pacifica Quartet and has also have been mentored by members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Brentano, Orion, and Tokyo quartets, as well as Atar Arad, Mauricio Fuks, and Peter Stumpf. 

The Vera Quartet is an official selection of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

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Viano

String Quartet

Canada/USA

Lucy Wang , violin
Hao Zhou , violin
Aiden Kane , viola
Tate Zawadiuk , cello

Winner of the Third Prize, the Haydn Prize and the Sidney Griller Award at the 2018 London Wigmore Hall International Competition, the Viano String Quartet has also won the Third Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Competition. 

Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the quartet works primarily with Martin Beaver, as well as Clive Greensmith and Paul Coletti. They have also received coaching from David Finckel, Arnold Steinhardt, and members of the Emerson, Brentano, St. Lawrence and Calidore quartets. 

The Viano Quartet is an official selection of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

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Abeo

String Quartet

Norway/USA

Ludvig Gudim , violin
Njioma Grevious , violin
James Kang , viola
Drew Cone , cello

Winner of the Silver Medal at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Abeo Quartet is working under the tutelage of Joseph Lin and Astrid Schween at the Juilliard School of Music where it was formed in 2018.

Featured in masterclass with the Calidore Quartet at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Abeo has performed in Alice Tully Hall.

In the fall of 2019, the Abeo Quartet will attend Norway’s Vertavo Festival.

Dior

String Quartet

Israel/USA/Canada

Noa Sarid , violin
Tobias Elser , violin
Darryl Manley , viola
Joanne Yesol Choi , cello

Formed in 2018, the Dior Quartet is working under the tutelage of the Pacifica Quartet at Indiana University.

First Prize of the 9th Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the quartet was also awarded the Odyssey @ Bedford Walk award and the Bronze Medal at the 2019 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

The quartet has been selected to attend the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar as well as the Wintergreen Academy String Quartet program.

Lafontaine

String Quartet

Canada

Aaron Chan , violin
Astrid Nakamura , violin
Emily Rekrut-Pressey , viola
Fiona Robson , cello

Formed in 2018 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the Lafontaine Quartet is working under the tutelage of professor André J. Roy. 

Winner of the McGill Chamber Music Competition, the quartet is devoted to chamber music outreach and deeply involved the Montreal community.

Semi-Finalist at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet has been selected to attend the Encore Chamber Music Festival.  

Lorne

String Quartet

Canada

Ladusa Chang-Ou , violin
Rebecca Weger , violin
David Montreuil , viola
Elie Boissinot , cello

Formed in 2018 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the Lorne Quartet is working under the tutelage of professor André J. Roy. 

Winner of the McGill Chamber Music Competition, the quartet has recently made its debut at the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society. 

The Lorne Quartet has recently been selected to participate in the 2019 Center for Advanced Quartet Studies of the Aspen Music Festival and School.