The London-based ensemble will receive performance dates at the chamber venue and career support

Barbican Quartet

The London-based Barbican Quartet is one of three recipients of the St John’s Smith Square Young Artists scheme for 2019/2020. The award for emerging artists offers winners a minimum of three concert dates at the London concert hall over the course of the season, plus career guidance and support. 

The scheme, which launched in 2014, attracts around 150 applications annually, and accepts between three and six artists or ensembles. In addition to performance opportunities, the award includes grants for marketing projects and new commissions. 

The other recipients this year were Pianist Joseph Havlat and the Early music group Improviso. 

The Barbican Quartet (violinists Amarins Wierdsma and Tim Crawford, violist Christoph Slenczka and cellist Yoanna Prodanova) formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and were first prize winners at the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition and the 2018 St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition.

They made their Wigmore Hall debut in 2017 and were named Park Lane Group artists in 2016. In 2018 the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded them the Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize. The ensemble studies with Günter Pichler at the Reina Sofia String Quartet Academy in Madrid, and regularly work with members of the Belcea quartet thanks to the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust.

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