BARBICAN STRING QUARTET (NL/UK/DE/BG-CA) – 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.
Violin, Amarins Wierdsma Violin, Tim Crawford Viola, Christoph Slenczka Cello, Yoanna Prodanova
SIMPLY STRING QUARTET (China/Austria/Norway) – 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.
Violin, Danfeng Shen Violin, Antonia Rankersberger Viola, Xiang Lyu Cello, Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald
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