St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition embodies St Martin’s commitment to the discovery, nurture and promotion of new and emerging musical talent. With the support of Making Music, the competition is able to offer winners the opportunity to develop a performance profile across the UK.
Following the live Final, St Martin-in-the-Fields takes great pleasure in announcing the winner and audience prize recipient of the St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition 2013:
Jubilee Quartet (Winner)
Tereza Privratska Violin
Alanna Tonetti-Tieppo Violin
Stephanie Edmundson Viola
Lauren Steel Cello
First prize winners of the ‘Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition’ and recipients of the Tillett Trust ‘Young Artists’ Platform’ and the Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF ‘Charles Henderson Ensemble Award’, the Jubilee Quartet was formed in 2006 at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where they currently hold a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship. During this time, they they studied with Thomas Brandis, Garfield Jackson, Martin Outram, and Jon Thorne, and have received masterclasses from the Skampa and Chilingirian Quartets, Pierre Colombet, Miguel da Silva, Hatto Beyerle, and Sylvia Rosenberg.
The quartet has performed extensively in the UK and their continental tours have included a performance in the presence of former Czech president Vaclav Havel. They also enjoy a variety of outreach work as part of the ‘Live Music Now!’ scheme.
In May the quartet performed Chausson’s ‘Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet’ with Jack Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva at the Purcell Room, and last summer participated in the Lake District Summer Music and St Magnus Festivals.
Future engagements include concerts around the UK and Italy, including a Purcell Room recital in May 2013, and in September the quartet will attend the ‘Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition’, having been preselected. The quartet will also perform twice at the Wigmore Hall during the 2013/2014 season as award winners of the Tillett Trust and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
The Jubilee Quartet would like to thank the Mears/Speers family for their generous support.
The quartet currently play on a set of fine instruments kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music for the duration of their fellowship.
A Piacere Trio (Audience Prize)
Barbara Dziewiecka Violin
Anne Chauveau Cello
Przemyslaw Dembski Piano
A Piacere Trio is fast becoming recognised as one of the most outstanding piano trios of the new generation. Performances join tradition with an innovative and fresh approach to interpretation and are highly regarded by leading musicians in the chamber music scene. The trio members – Barbara Dziewięcka, Anne Chauveau and Przemyslaw Dembski – are all competition winners and scholars holding degrees from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.
A Piacere Trio was established in 2010 at the Royal College of Music in London. It has given numerous performances within the UK and in Poland, including appearances at the Amarylis Fleming Concert Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Florianka Hall and Iagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
After being regularly coached by Ani Schnarch, Kevin Kenner and Levon Chillingirian, the trio was invited to perform during the Chillingirian Mozart Festival at the RCM in London in 2011. They then attended master classes with the Chillingirian Quartet and attended the Summer Music Academy in Krakow to study with a renowned concert pianist Kevin Kenner. The Trio also took part in chamber music master classes at Kings Place in London, thanks to the Phillip Carne Foundation. In 2012 A Piacere Trio won the first prize in the Chamber Music Competition ‘Ensemble with Piano’ in London. Individually, all three members are active soloists performing regularly within the UK and Europe.
Founded in 2010, St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition is the only competition in London with a focus on nurturing the fledgling careers of the UK’s most talented and hard-working young musicians through practical means. The competition’s prize is a series of professional engagements around Britain, offering the invaluable opportunity of paid performance experience and professional exposure to the winners. The competition’s inaugural winners, the Piatti Quartet gave over 16 concerts as a result of their prize earning over £13,500 in fees and gaining the benefits of experience and industry contacts which in turn lead to their Wigmore Hall debut in London in 2011.
“… what a terrific concert we had from the Piatti Quartet last night. Technically impeccable, they really made you listen to every nuance of the music. They have clearly thought a lot about the pieces they played and the interpretive insight was impressive and refreshing. They deserve to go far.” Chris Thomas, Luton Music Club
St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition rewards those young performers who display not only an exceptional talent, but the drive and dedication to their art which sets them apart on the road to success. St Martin-in-the-Fields takes this journey with them maintaining an on-going interest in winners with continued support over the years in the form of publicity, professional engagements and free rehearsal space in central London.
Information for prospective competitors
St Martin’s Chamber Competition is open to acoustic classical ensembles based in the UK with between 3 and 8 members aged between 18 and 30 years on the date of entry. Applications for the 2014 Competition will open in October 2013. Please check the site for further information.
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