Congratulations to the Van Kuijk Quartet who earlier this evening secured the first prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.
The quartet has bagged £10,000 prize money plus residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada, Aspen Music School Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, USA and Avaloch Farm Music Institute, USA. They’ve got themselves a place at the McGill International String Quartet Academy, recital appearances at the Morrison Artists Series in San Francisco and The Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival 2015. A considerable package. Their mothers will be proud. The quartet received their trophy from Wigmore Hall director John Gilhooly.
The competition ran from 24 – 29 March 2015 and saw 11 quartets compete for first, second and third prizes. The awards were judged by musicians Levon Chilingirian, Valentin Erben, Peter Jarušek, Heime Müller, Lesley Robertson and Simon Rowland-Jones. John Gilhooly, kept things in order by chairing proceedings.
Second prize was awardly jointly to the Verona Quartet and Piatti Quartet. Third prize went to the Aizuri Quartet.
Watch the Van Kuijk Quartet play the second movement of Mendelssohn’s op. 80 below.