The three quartets will compete for the CHF20,000 first prize
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On the evening of 27 October, following the last semi-final of the Concours de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland, three quartets from six were chosen to compete in the final. The quartets are: the Hana Quartet (Germany), the Elmire Quartet (France), and the Novo Quartet (Denmark). The final will take place at 2pm on 29 October at Geneva’s Victoria Hall where they will play a piece of their own choice. They are competing for a first prize of CHF20,000 (£18,000), as well as a host of other prizes.
The Germany-based Hana Quartet comprises violinists Fuga Miwatashi and Gyurim Kwak, violist Emiko Yuasa and cellist Johannes Välja. They study with the Ébène Quartet and are laureates of the 2023 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition and 2022 ARD Competition. In their semi-final performances they played works by Haydn, Szymanowski, Bartók, Dusapin and Beethoven. They will be performing Mendelssohn’s String Quartet no.3 in D major at the final.
The Elmire Quartet from France consists of violinists David Petrlik and Yoan Brakha, violist Hortense Fourrier and cellist Rémi Carlon. They are laureates of the 2019 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition and current artists in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation. In the semi-finals, they performed works by Webern, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Dusapin and Beethoven. They will be performing Beethoven’s String Quartet no.8 in E minor in the finals.
The Danish Novo Quartet comprises violinists Kaya Kato Møller and Nikolai Vasili Nedergaard, violist Daniel Śledziński and cellist Signe Ebstrup Bitsch. They are laureates of the 2023 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition, 2021 Trondheim Competition and winners of the 2023 Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation Competition. In their semi-final performances they played works by Haydn, Brahms, Bartók, Donatoni, Nielsen and Beethoven. They will be performing Mendelssohn’s String Quartet no.2 in A minor in the finals.
Tickets for the finals can be purchased on www.concoursgeneve.ch. The finals will be livestreamed on the Concours de Genève website and social media channels. We will also be sharing the livestream on The Strad website.
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