The Benyounes Quartet, Trinity Laban's Richard Carne Junior Fellowship, String Quartet, was announced joint second-prize winner, with the Hungarian Keleman Quartet, in the Sandor Vegh competition in Budapest last week. No first prize was awarded.
The Benyounes continued their winning streak with a whole string of prizes, including: the award for the best interpretation of the compulsory piece, Peter Tornyai's Moon Zoom; the special prize from ProQuartet Paris; and the best interpretation of a Bartok Quartet.
Zara Benyounes, Sara Roberts, Kim Vaughan and Emily Holland formed the Benyounes Quartet in 2007 while they were completing postgraduate music degrees.
An exciting list of summer engagements is now confirmed for the talented quartet, including the Liszt Academy, the Budapest Spring Festival and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
The Richard Carne Trust has been supporting a Junior Fellowship for Chamber Ensemble, and now specifically for String Quartet, at Trinity Laban since 2007, and this award has had a significant impact upon chamber music at the Conservatoire.