Karen Pitchford, KHJ Communications Ltd
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M E D I A R E L E A S E December 2008
ELEVENTH LONDON INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET COMPETITION
30th MARCH-5th APRIL 2009
“The London International String Quartet Competition has been setting standards for the art of the string quartet for many years. It regularly discovers the best young quartets by testing them through the very best of the quartet repertoire”. Sir John Tusa
The London String Quartet Foundation, is delighted to announce the names of the twelve quartets that have been invited to participate in the Eleventh London International String Quartet Competition 2009, the centrepiece of London String Quartet Week 2009. The preliminary rounds will take place between 31st March-3rd April 2009 at the Royal College of Music with the Semi-Finals and Final on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5h April 2009 respectively at Wigmore Hall. All performances are open to the public.
The pre-Competition stage was held in early November 08. From the many applications received, the Invitation Jury selected the following string quartets (listed in alphabetical order): Amaryllis Quartet (Germany); Quatuor Ardeo (France); Collegium Quartet (Ukraine); The Danish String Quartet (Denmark); Finzi Quartet (UK); Jasper String Quartet (USA); Kamus Quartet (Finland); KNUA String Quartet (Korea); Roddick String Quartet (Canada); Signum Quartet (Germany); Solstice String Quartet (UK) and Quatuor Voce (France). The Invitation Jury consisted of Garfield Jackson: viola, Endellion String Quartet; Magnus Johnston: violin, Aronowitz Ensemble; Mark Messenger: Head of Strings, Royal College of Music and LSQF Trustee; Alasdair Tait: Director of Chamber Music, Royal Northern College of Music and LSQF Trustee and Laura Tear: Director, Laura Tear Artist Management.
The Competition is open to string quartets from anywhere in the world whose members are below the age of 35 on 5th April 2009. Originally the brainchild of Yehudi Menuhin, the Competition is held every three years and is considered by many to be the most prestigious of its kind in the world. Past prizewinners include the Takács, the Hagen, the Alexander, the Vanbrugh, the Wihan, the Casals and the Atrium String Quartets, all of whom are now internationally renowned.
On the announcement of the participating quartets, Mark Messenger commented: "This year's Invitation Jury was presented with an array of the finest young string quartets from across the globe and from this talented line-up we had to choose just twelve groups. The impossibility of the task is compounded by the incredible individuality but musical integrity of all the string quartets - their technical excellence is a given. When one is faced with such high-quality music making, even though the works were prescribed, it is not so much like comparing apples with pears, but more like comparing apples with steak! I am confident that the twelve groups that will be participating in the Competition in 2009 at the Royal College of Music and Wigmore Hall offer the prospect of exciting performances."
As well as staging the Eleventh London International String Quartet Competition in partnership with the Royal College of Music, Wigmore Hall and BBC Radio 3, London String Quartet Week 2009 will also offer the public a unique chance to attend concerts, recitals, master-classes and lectures at a range of venues around London. Further details of the programme for London String Quartet Week 2009 will be announced early in the New Year.
The aim of the London String Quartet Foundation is to promote the discovery and development of talent and audiences for the string quartet through musical and educational events at which both established and younger talented string quartets are showcased. Chairman Bob Boas commented: “Next April we will present perhaps the most exciting celebration of the art of the string quartet in the heart of London. This is a fantastic – and rare – opportunity to listen to some of the best young musicians from North America & Canada, Europe and Asia as they compete for a place on the world stage”.
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Karen Pitchford, KHJ Communications Ltd / Tel: 020 8292 2862 / e: firstname.lastname@example.org
내년 영국에서 있을 실내악 콩쿠르에 보낼 사진입니다. 이 콩쿠르는 Takács, Hagen, Alexander 등이 거쳐간 영국이 역사와 전통이 자랑하는 최고의 실내악 콩쿠르라고 합니다. 전세계에서 12팀만이 초청을 받았는데 어떻게 유진이네 팀이 심사에 통과했는지는 좀 미스테리 합니다.(다른 팀이 워낙 대단한 팀들이다 보니..유진네 팀은 완전 급조된 팀이죠....) 모든 참가 경비를 콩쿠르측에서 부담하는 것이라 밑져도 남는 장사(?) 라 아이들이 좋아서 난리입니다. 아마도 영국에 관광하러 가는 기분인가 봅니다. 어째든 최선을 다하려고 새벽부터 모여서 연습하는 아이들이 기특하기도 합니다. 격려해주시길!!!