The Benyounes Quartet and the Piatti Quartet, holders of the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for String Quartets at Trinity Laban, have both made the shortlist for the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition for 2015 – the only two quartets from the UK to be selected.
The Benyounes – Fellowship holders in 2011-13 – and the Piatti Quartet (pictured) – the current holders of the Fellowship – both have strong links with Trinity Laban, and regularly hold concerts, masterclasses and tuition for its music students.
The competition, run from 24-29 March, is widely regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious platforms for young and emerging string quartets. The winning quartet receives £10,000 in prize money, donated by The Dorset Foundation, as well as a UK concert tour; a tour of Germany; residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada and Avaloch Farm Music Institute; a place at the McGill International String Quartet Academy; plus recital appearances at the Morrison Artists Series in San Francisco and The Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival 2015, which is run by Trinity Laban.
The Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for String Quartet offers an intensive year-long development opportunity for an established string quartet with an emerging professional profile, in its transition from conservatoire-based training to the music profession.
Applications are now open for the 2015-16 Fellowship, and entries close on Friday 30 January 2015
Pictures of Piatti Quartet - credit – Dipesh Sonaji/Piatti Quartet