2022 Competing Quartets

Abeo Quartet (USA)

Abeo Quartet

Biography and Competition Repertoire

 

 

Rebecca Benjamin, violin
Njioma Chinyere Grevious, violin
James Chanha Kang, viola
Brian Gadbow, cello

The Abeo Quartet, formed at Juilliard in 2018, was the Silver Medal winner of the 2022 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the 2021 Young Concert Artists International Competition, as well as the Silver Medal winner of the 2019 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Abeo, which welcomed new members violinist Rebecca Benjamin and cellist Brian Gadbow in the spring of 2021, is honored to be the inaugural Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware under the mentorship of the Calidore String Quartet.
 
The quartet has been featured at Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center’s Reach Festival with pianist Joseph Kalichstein, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s masterclass series with the Danish String Quartet, and on WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces. Abeo was also featured in Norway’s Vertavo Festival, performing seven Haydn string quartets, and was in residence at the Glenstone Museum. Abeo participated in the 2019 Montreal International String Quartet Academy, studying with members of Quatuor Ebene, and the Alban Berg, Takács and Artemis String Quartets. At Juilliard, Abeo studied in the Honors Chamber Music Program with the Juilliard String Quartet.
 
In 2021, the Abeo Quartet attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, coached by the Brentano, Emerson and Miró quartets. Abeo made their New York Schnieder Series debut in April 2022 and will be International Program Artists for the 2022 Music@Menlo Festival. The quartet chose the name Abeo / ah - bey - oh / — an expression of joy in a Nigerian dialect — to reflect their love for playing chamber music and sharing it with others.

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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2
Billy Childs: String Quartet No. 2, Awakenings

Romantic Round
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet

Ad Lib Round
W.A. Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K 465 – Adagio-Allegro, Andante cantabile
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F minor, Op. 73

Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, Op. 59

Animato Kwartet (The Netherlands/Norway)

Animato Kwartet

Biography and Repertoire

 

 

Inga Våga Gaustad, violin
Tim Brackman, violin
Elisa Karen Tavenier, viola
Pieter de Koe, cello

The Animato Quartet is considered to be one of the most promising young string quartets in the Netherlands with its members being praised for their passionate, spontaneous playing and their powerful on-stage presence. Founded in 2013, their programs contain a combination of classical quartet repertoire and contemporary compositions.  

Within the Netherlands the quartet has performed in the Kleine Zaal of Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Tivoli-Vredenburg in Utrecht and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam during the 2020 String Quartet Biennale. 

They played at festivals such as the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival and outside the Netherlands, in Portugal, Germany, Norway, France and Brazil. 

The Animato are laureates of the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2021-2022. The jury about this string quartet:  “Four top players with a vibrant energy, they will grab you from the first note! ...This quartet is the great promise of Dutch string quartets.” 

In September 2021, the quartet received a third prize, and the special Jury Prize, at the International Chamber Music Competition in Trondheim. 

In 2017 the quartet received the prestigious string quartet grant from the Kersjes Foundation, one of the largest private culture funds in the Netherlands supporting young talent. 

Being “artist in residence” as part of the post-grad program of the Dutch String Quartet Academy, the Animato works with inspiring musicians such as Marc Danel, Pierre Colombet and Eberhard Feltz. They also attended several sessions organized by the European Chamber Music Academy, where they received intensive coaching from Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl.

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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33 No. 1
Pascal Dusapin: String Quartet No. 5 

Romantic Round
Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41 

Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet

Ad Lib Round
Anton Webern: Funf Satze fur Streichquartett, Op. 5
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40 

Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, Op. 59

 

Animato Kwartet's attendance at BISQC is generously supported through the Maria Francisca Josepha Brouwer Fund for Dutch Artists at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

 

 

Balourdet Quartet (USA)

Balourdet Quartet

Biography and Repertoire

 

 

Angela Bae, violin
Justin DeFilippis, violin
Benjamin Zannoni, viola
Russell Houston, cello

The Balourdet Quartet, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is currently in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program. The quartet received the Grand Prize at the 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition as well as the top prize awarded in the 2021 Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The group also received the Gold Medal in the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Gold Medal and Audience Award at the 2021 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and the Second Prize in the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition. During the 2022-2023 season, the quartet is thrilled to premiere a new work they commissioned by Karim Al-Zand, made possible through Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Grant.

The Balourdet has shared the stage with renowned artists including Cho-Liang Lin, as well as members of the Dover Quartet. It has performed at festivals and series including Bravo!Vail, Santa Fe ProMusica, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, the Schneider Concert Series, La Jolla Music Society Summerfest, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. The Balourdet Quartet works primarily with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory, as well as Miriam Fried and members of the Cleveland and Borromeo Quartets. The quartet was formed in 2018 at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

The Balourdet Quartet gets its name from Antoine Balourdet, chef extraordinaire at the Hotel St. Bernard and beloved member of the Taos School of Music community.

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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76 No. 5 
Derek Bermel: Intonations

Romantic Round
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51

Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet

Ad Lib Round
Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91

Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

Dior Quartet (Israel/USA/Korea-Canada/St. Lucia)

Dior Quartet

Biography and Repertoire

 

 

Noa Sarid, violin
Tobias Elser, violin
Caleb Georges, viola
Joanne Yesol Choi, cello

Joined together from Israel, Korea-Canada, Saint Lucia, and the USA, the Dior Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Formed in Fall 2018 at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University under the Pacifica Quartet, they are Silver prize winners of the 2021 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, quarter-finalists of the Bartok World Competition, and Bronze Medalists of the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. They studied with members of the Alban Berg, St. Lawrence, Danish, Artemis, Ébene, and Belcea Quartets.
 
The Dior Quartet participated in various programs, including the Britten-Pears Young Artists Program, Banff String Quartet: Evolution in collaboration with Tippet Rise Art Center, McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal, and the SLSQ Seminar. The Dior Quartet collaborated with Orion Weiss and Victor Yampolsky during their residency at Wintergreen Music Festival, and with Rolston String Quartet, Axel Strauss, and Stéphane Lemelin at the 2021 Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival. The quartet made their debut with the Schneider Concert Series in January 2021.

The repertoire and projects they pursue intersect with their multicultural backgrounds and moral values, as they seek to explore the immigrant experience through art. The quartet takes their name from the French word “D’or” which means gold. It's a rare, elegant, and malleable element, precious to those who own it and often gifted to loved ones. Most importantly, gold holds the memory of the earth and absorbs the stories of the people who give it shape and form.

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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1
Kevin Lau: String Quartet No. 3 

Romantic Round
Antonin Dvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106

Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet

Ad Lib Round
Kevin Puts: Credo for String Quartet - The violin Guru of Katonah, Infrastructure
Aviya Kopelman: Widows & Lovers - Black Widow
Soo Yeon Lyuh: Yessori - Sound from the Past
Eleanor Alberga: String Quartet No 1 - Frantically Driven Yet Playful

Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, Op. 59
 

Isidore String Quartet (USA)

Isidore String Quartet

Biography and Repertoire

 

 

Phoenix Avalon, violin
Adrian Steele, violin
Devin Moore, viola
Joshua McClendon, cello

The Isidore String Quartet is an NYC-based ensemble with a focus to revisit, revise, and reinvigorate. An emerging string quartet, the ISQ is known for a uniquely personal sound and a vitality in interpretation. The quartet is heavily influenced by the Juilliard String Quartet and the idea of ‘treating the old as if it were new, and the new as if it were old.’

The members of the quartet are violinists Adrian Steele and Phoenix Avalon, violist Devin Moore, and cellist Joshua McClendon. The four began studies as an ensemble in 2019 as part of the chamber music program at the Juilliard School. After a year off (amidst the global pandemic), the four members reconvened as a quartet at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2021 under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. The performance at Kneisel Hall was the impetus for the ensemble to continue moving forward as a quartet. Since the Fall of 2019, the ISQ has coached with Joseph Lin, Astrid Schween, Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Joel Krosnick.

The quartet has participated in the Honors Chamber Music program at Juilliard, given recitals at Alice Tully Hall, Morse Hall, and Paul Recital Hall, and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard Historical Performance department. The Isidore String Quartet is beyond thrilled to be participating in the 2022 Ravinia Steans Music Institute.


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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2
Billy Childs: String Quartet No. 2, Awakenings

Romantic Round
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51

Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet

Ad Lib Round
Johann Sebastian Bach: Art of the Fugue - Fugue 1
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40 

Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Karski Quartet (Belgium/Poland)

Karski Quartet

Biography and Repertoire

 

 

Kaja Nowak-Eyben,violin
Natalia Kotarba, violin
Diede Verpoest, viola
Julia Kotarba, cello


Karski Quartet was formed in Belgium in 2018 and performs in a wide range of venues throughout Europe. The quartet’s founding members are violinists Kaja Nowak and Natalia Kotarba, violinist and violist Diede Verpoest and cellist Julia Kotarba. Soon after their inception they were awarded the Grand Prix as well as the Special Prize for the alumni of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels at the 4th International Music Competition Triomphe de l'Art in Brussels. 
 

Their mentors have been David Waterman, Philippe Graffin and Amy Norrington. From January 2019 through March 2020 the Karskis were the resident ensemble in the String Quartet Studio programme at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, working with Donald Grant (Elias Quartet) and other members of the RNCM chamber music faculty. Presently the quartet is in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, studying with members of the Artemis Quartet and Miguel da Silva. The group has also been selected to join the Dimore del Quartetto network and is one of three quartets invited to participate in the 2022 Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale Residency. 

Karski Quartet takes its name from Jan Karski, the legendary World War II resistance-movement figure. Commited as he was to showing others the dramatic truth about the war, the Karski Quartet members strongly believe that every era needs heroes like him. Amid the serious difficulties which the whole human population is facing now, they find Karski's profound compassion and uncompromising attitude an example to be emulated in art as well as in life.

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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op. 76 , No. 1
Prach Boondiskulchok: Ritus 
 
Romantic Round
Felix Mendelssohn: Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
 
Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet
 
Ad Lib Round
Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 4 – Allegro Moderato
Claude Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Lennon-McCartney: Come Together (arr. for string quartet by Quatuor Ébène, transcr. Bruno Silva)
 
Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet no. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
 

Opus13 (Norway/Sweden)

Opus13

Biography and Repertoire

 

 

Sonoko MiriamWelde, violin
Edvard Erdal, violin
Michael Andreas Grolid, viola
Daniel Thorell, cello

Opus13 is one of Scandinavia's most promising, up-and-coming young string quartets. Formed in 2014 at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, the quartet consists of Sonoko Miriam Welde, Edvard Erdal, Michael Andreas Grolid and Daniel Thorell. In addition to concert appearances in France, Sweden and Denmark, they have performed at numerous festivals, including Bergen International Festival, Rosendal Festival and Risør Kammermusikkfest, where they are regulars as part of the newly revived Risør Festival Strings. 

Opus13 has collaborated with international top musicians such as Olli Mustonen, Alisa Weilerstein, Tabea Zimmermann, Jonathan Biss, Marianna Shirinyan and Konstantin Heidrich. They have regular lessons with Berit Cardas and Bjørg Lewis of the renowned Vertavo Quartet, and have benefitted from masterclasses with many of the world's leading chamber musicians, including members of the Belcea Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, Artemis Quartett, Oslo String Quartet and Quatuor Mosaïques. 

In their early years Opus13 received invaluable support and performing experience from the Oslo Quartet Series' Talent Program and the Crescendo Mentor Program. In January 2022 they made their official debut at the Oslo Quartet Series with an exciting program featuring works by Haydn, Brahms and Adès. 

The Opus13's are the founders and artistic directors of "Vinterspill på Lillehammer", a new chamber music festival in the iconic winter town of Lillehammer. 

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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2
Andrea Tarrodi: String Quartet No 2, Madardal

Romantic Round
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51

Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet

Ad Lib Round
Thomas Ades: Arcadiana, Op. 12 
Edvard Grieg: String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27 – Un poco andante – Allegro molto ed agitato

Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 and Op. 133

Quatuor Agate (France)

Quator Agate

Biography and Repertoire

 

 

Adrien Jurkovic, violin
Thomas Descamps, violin
Raphael Pagnon, viola
Simon Iachemet, cello

Formed in 2016, the Paris-based Quatuor Agate studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Eberhard Feltz and in Paris under the guidance of Mathieu Herzog. They now finish their studies with the Quatuor Ebène at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.

In 2021, they were prize-winners at the prestigious YCAT International Auditions.

This season, they make their debut at Wigmore Hall in London and give recitals across Europe at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, TauberPhilharmonie Weikersheim, Verbier Festival, Salon-de-Provence Festival, Radio France Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Lammermuir Festival (Scotland), Brucknerhaus Linz (Austria) among others.

The Quartet is currently artist-in-residence at the Fondation Singer Polignac, resident at ProQuartet in Paris and Associate Artist at the Festival La Brèche in Savoie (France).

To share unique and wonderful repertoire, the Quatuor Agate created the CorsiClassic Festival in 2016. Based around Ajaccio in Corsica, its mission is to promote chamber music in areas of the island where classical music is rarely available.
From 2021, the Quatuor Agate is supported by the Günther-Caspar Stiftung.

The quartet collaborates on a regular basis with many brilliant musicians and ensembles such as Frank Braley, Romain Guyot, Marc Danel, Enrico Pace, Gabriel Le Magadure, Pierre Fouchenneret, the Quatuor Ebène, the Modigliani Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet…

Adrien Jurkovic plays on a violin attributed to Giuseppe Giovanni Guarneri generously loaned by Dr Peter Hauber.
Thomas Descamps plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin generously loaned by the Fondation Boubo-Music.
Raphaël Pagnon plays on a Ferdinando Alberti viola generously loaned by the Fondation Boubo-Music.
Simon Iachemet plays on a Giacinto Santagiuliana cello generously loaned by the Fondation Boubo-Music.

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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2 
Corentin Apparailly: Athanor String Quartet 

Romantic Round
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet

Ad Lib Round
Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes
Robert Schumann: Gesange der Fruhe - Im ruhigen Tempo

Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 and Op. 133

Sonoro Quartet (Belgium/Ireland)

Sonoro Quartet

Biography and Repertoire

 

 

Mona Verhas, violin
Jeroen De Beer, violin
Séamus Hickey, viola
Paul Heyman, cello

Founded in 2019 Sonoro Quartet has already established itself as one of the leading and most promising string quartets of its generation. Playing over 40 concerts a year in countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Ireland, they are one of the most active string quartets of Belgium. With repertoire ranging from the classical masterpieces to contemporary composers, the quartet has played in venues such as De Bijloke in Ghent, Bozar in Brussels, deSingel in Antwerp, National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Liszt Academy in Budapest and was invited to play on the leading festivals in Belgium such as Festival Midis-Minimes, The Young Generation series by BOZAR, B-Classic Festival, where they played together with Quatuor Danel, and many more. Next season they will make their debut in Concertgebouw Amsterdam.  Sonoro Quartet has made recordings for radio stations such as Klara (Belgium), RTE (Ireland), Radio Bartók (Hungary) and SWR (Germany), where they premiered the string quartet of Eric Domenech as part of the Beethoven Fest 2020 in Bonn. The quartet is currently studying at the Dutch String Quartet Academy (NSKA) in Amsterdam, where they are taught by renowned artists such as Marc Danel and Gilles Millet (Quatuor Danel), Eberhard Feltz, and Pierre Colombet (Quatuor Ebène). Besides this they have studied with Heime Müller, founder of Artemis Quartet. In October 2021 Sonoro Quartet won the 3rd prize and two special prizes at the Bartók World Competition for String Quartet in Budapest. This coming season, the quartet will tour Ireland, Switzerland and New Zealand.

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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77 No. 1
Ádam Brandenburg: Distances 

Romantic Round
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet

Ad Lib Round
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40 

Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 59

Terra String Quartet (USA/Venezuela/Iceland/Australia)

Terra String Quartet

Biography and Repertoire

 

 

 

Harriet Langley, violin
Amelia Dietrich, violin
Ramón Carrero Martínez, viola
Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir, cello

The Terra String Quartet, formerly known as the Arte String Quartet, is a vibrant young ensemble based in New York City composed of graduates of the Juilliard School’s prestigious Honors Program and of the Manhattan School of Music. Hailing from five continents, these four musicians share a vision that chamber music embodies both intellectual and emotional vitality. 

TSQ has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall as part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’s “Wednesdays at One” series, performing the Schubert Cello Quintet with Natasha Brofsky, and as part of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival’s Winter Workshop in North Carolina, where they performed with Robert McDonald. They have also performed with the Cremona Quartet and have studied under the guidance of Ara Gregorian, Mark Steinberg, Hye-Jin Kim, Daniel Avshalamov, Misha Amory, Natasha Brofsky, Catherine Cho, and Joseph Lin.

The Terra Quartet is represented by Le Dimore del Quartetto in Italy, and is the first quartet to have been chosen to pursue the Four Seasons Chamber Music String Quartet Fellowship at East Carolina University. 

TSQ has been selected as a finalist for the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, taking place in April 2022, with upcoming performances including recitals in New York City, North Carolina, Maryland, New Hampshire and Chicago.

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21st Century Haydn Round
Franz Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77 No. 1
Vivian Fung: String Quartet No 4, Insects and Machines

Romantic Round
Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Canadian Commission Round
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini for string quartet

Ad Lib Round
Henry Purcell: Chacony in G minor for String Quartet arranged by Benjamin Britten
Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36

Finals
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in C Major, Op. 59