ESMÉ STRING QUARTET (South Korea) - Winner of the First prize, the Mozart and Beethoven prizes, the Esterhazy Foundation Prize at the 2018 London Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Esmé was also awarded the MISQA prize of this prestigious event.
Formed in 2016, the Esmé quartet was rewarded early on with the third prize at the 2017 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and the Audience prize at the 2018 Irene-Steels Wilsing String Quartet Competition.
Inspired and guided in masterclasses with artists such as Günter Pichler, Jonathan Brown and Eberhard Feltz, the Esmé is currently studying at the Academy of Music of Lübeck under the tutelage of Heime Müller.
VIANO STRING QUARTET (Canada/USA) - Winner of the Third Prize, the Haydn Prize and the Sidney Griller Award at the 2018 London Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Viano String Quartet has also won the Third Prize at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2017.
Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the quartet has collaborated in concert with esteemed artists such as Emanuel Ax, Martin Beaver, Robert Chen, and Paul Coletti.
The Viano Quartet works primarily with Martin Beaver, Clive Greensmith, Paul Coletti, and Arnold Steinhardt, and have received coachings from artists including David Finckel, Gary Hoffman, and members of the Emerson and Calidore string quartets.