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St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition Winners 2013

News St Martin – Talking Points

Wednesday 20 March 2013

St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition Winners 2013

After what has been a fantastic process, with undoubtedly the highest standard of performers the competition has seen so far, St Martin-in-the-Fields is delighted to announce that the Jubilee Quartet is the winner of the St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition 2013.

Launched in 2010, the annual competition is part of St Martin-in-the-Fields’ commitment to supporting new and emerging musical talent and continues a long history of musical excellence and artistic contribution in the heart of London.

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 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.

Jubilee Quartet

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.

As well as the Jubilee Quartet, there were two other finalists: A Piacere Trio and Palomino String Quartet.

Each finalist performed a programme of around 25 minutes for a panel of expert judges:

Andrew Earis (Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields), Guy Johnston (Cellist), Euan Murdoch (CEO Chamber Music New Zealand), Robin Osterley (Chief Executive of Making Music) and Edwin Roxburgh (Composer)

This year also saw a welcome return for the Audience Prize, where audience members voted for their favourite ensemble during the judges’ deliberations.

This was awarded to A Piacere Trio, established in 2010 at the Royal College of Music in London. The trio 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. 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

The third finalists, Palomino String Quartet, presented a diverse programme of works by Haydn, Britten and Shostakovich to a very high standard, with which the judges were very impressed. It is undoubted that the standard of all entrants this year has been exceptional, demonstrating the abundance of musical talent based in the UK.

In addition to trophies, the Chamber Music Competition prize offers these talented young artists an incredible opportunity to perform in a series of concerts through the Making Music Member Network.  The Piatti Quartet (winners of the 2010 prize) has had huge success, performing over 15 professional engagements as part of its prize, and has gone on to earn a reputation as one of the UK’s leading young string quartets.

St Martin’s would like to thank Making Music for their ongoing support in making the competition a great success.