Montréal 2018

Esmé

String Quartet

South Korea

Wonhee Bae , violin
Yoona Ha , violin
Jiwon Kim , viola
Ye-Eun Heo , cello

Winner of the First prize, the Mozart and Beethoven prizes, the Esterhazy Foundation Prize at the 2018 London Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Esmé was also awarded the MISQA prize of this prestigious event.

Formed in 2016, the Esmé quartet was rewarded early on with the third prize at the 2017 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and the Audience prize at the 2018 Irene-Steels Wilsing String Quartet Competition.

Inspired and guided in masterclasses with artists such as Günter Pichler, Jonathan Brown and Eberhard Feltz, the Esmé is currently studying at the Academy of Music of Lübeck under the tutelage of Heime Müller.

www.esmequartet.com

Tchalik

String Quartet

FRANCE

Gabriel Tchalik , violin
Louise Tchalik , violin
Sarah Tchalik , viola
Marc Tchalik , cello

First Prize winner of the 2018 Salzburg Mozart Competition, the Tchalik Quartet was also awarded the Special Prize for the best performance of a Mozart quartet.

Laureate of the 2017 Fondazione Monte Dei Paschi Prize in Siena, as well as the Safran Foundation for Music in France, the quartet has performed in festivals in France, Italy, Spain, Austria and Russia.

Founded in 2011, the quartet has studied under the guidance of professors Jan Talich, Vladimír Bukač, Yovan Markovitch and Heime Müller. In 2016, the Tchalik Quartet has joined the School of Music of Queen Sofia of Madrid under the tutelage of professor Günter Pichler.

www.gabrieltchalik.com

Vera

String Quartet

Spain/USA

Pedro Rodriguez , violin
Patricia Q. Garcia , violin
Ines Picado Molares , viola
Justin Goldsmith , cello

Winners of the Grand Prize at recent Plowman and Yellow Springs chamber music competitions, as well as awards from the M-Prize and Wigmore Hall international competitions, the Vera Quartet was recently named String Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Formed in 2015, the quartet has worked with the Pacifica Quartet as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Jacobs School of Music and, in April 2017, was selected as Young Artist in Residence at NPR’s Performance Today.

The quartet has also been coached by members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Brentano and Tokyo string quartets, as well as Atar Arad, Mauricio Fuks, and Peter Stumpf.

www.veraquartet.com

Viano

String Quartet

Canada/USA

Lucy Wang , violin
Hao Zhou , violin
Aiden Kane , viola
Tate Zawadiuk , cello

Winner of the Third Prize, the Haydn Prize and the Sidney Griller Award at the 2018 London Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Viano String Quartet has also won the Third Prize at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2017.

Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the quartet has collaborated in concert with Emanuel Ax, Martin Beaver, Robert Chen, and Paul Coletti.

The Viano Quartet works primarily with Martin Beaver, Clive Greensmith, Paul Coletti, and Arnold Steinhardt, and have also received coachings from David Finckel and members of the Emerson and Calidore string quartets.

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Agate

String Quartet

FRANCE

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

Formed in 2016, the Agate Quartet has performed at various festivals in France and abroad with renowned partners such as Raphaël Chrétien and Alain Brunier.

In 2016, with the support of Jérôme Pernoo and the Danel Quartet, they created the CorsiClassic Festival, a chamber music festival held in Corsica.

Official selection of the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Quartet is currently working at the Scholl of Music "Hanns Eisler" in the class of Eberhard Feltz and with Mathieu Herzog in Paris.

Andara

String Quartet

Canada

M Claire Vaillancourt , violin
Jeanne Côté , violin
Vincent Delorme , viola
Dominique B.Ostiguy , cello

Formed at the Montreal Conservatory, the Andara Quartet won the first prize at the Pierre-de-Saurel Classical Music Competition. The musicians have participated in several international internships such as the SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar in Stanford, California, the Pablo Casals Festival Academy in France, and the chamber music training at the Banff Center for the Arts

The Andara Quartet studied with numerous musicians such as Mark Steinberg, Barry Shiffman, Michael Kannen, Johannes Meissl, Denis Brott, Cuarteto Quiroga, St Lawrence Quartet and Shanghai Quartet.

Callisto

String Quartet

United States

Paul Aguilar , violin
Rachel Stenzel , violin
Eva Kennedy , viola
Hannah Moses , cello

Grand prize winners of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Callisto Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prizewinner at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the quartet is an official selection of the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

While the quartet works primarily with Si-Yan Darren Li and Peter Salaff, they have also worked with Elliott Antokoletz, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Mathieu Herzog, and members of the Alban Berg, Belcea, Escher and Ying Quartets. 

Nova

String Quartet

Hong Kong

Yat Hei Lai , violin
Ting Chia Shen , violin
Shu Lun Choi , viola
Nan Jia , cello

Formed in 2017, the Nova String Quartet is a young ensemble from Hong Kong whose musicians are dedicated to the presentation and promotion of chamber music. Its members have studied internationally at schools including the Carl Maria von Weber School of Music, the Taipei National University of the Arts, the Bard College and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  

Following individual studies, the quartet has united to continue their new musical journey. Their main mentors have been Michael Ma, Ivan Chan, Natalia Prishepenko and Peter Wiley.