2013 RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize WInner
£5,000 towards professional development
1st prize winners at the 23rd V.E Rimbotti International string quartet competition Italy 2012, the Wu Quartet has also received the 2011 Artis Quartet prize in Vienna and 2nd prize and the Baerenreiter prize at the 2012 Charles Hennen Concours in Holland. In September 2011 the quartet reached the semi-finals of the Beijing International String Quartet Competition. They are delighted to recently have been named recipients of the Albert and Eugenie Frost prize from the Royal Philharmonic Society. The quartet has also received awards from the Hattori Foundation and the Musicians Benevolent Fund and in 2010 was selected for the Park Lane Group Young Artists scheme as well as winning the MMSF/Philharmonia Orchestra Ensemble Award.
In 2011 the quartet gained entry into the European Chamber Music Academy, allowing it the opportunity to study at conservatoires around Europe with some of the world’s finest chamber musicians. In 2013/2014 the quartet continues its participation in ECMA and is now being mentored personally by its founder, Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet) with whom they work regularly with in Germany. In the UK they are fortunate to work closely with Simon Rowland-Jones and have attended IMS Prussia Cove for which they performed in the Wigmore Hall as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. They have also studied with Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet) and Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet).
The quartet has played in masterclasses to many great musicians, including Bernard Greenhouse (Beaux Arts Trio), Ferenc Rados, Shmuel Ashkenazy (Vermeer Quartet), Christoph Richter and David Waterman (Endellion Quartet).
The Wu Quartet performs regularly across the UK and Europe. They have performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Music in the Round, the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, the International Concert Hall in Beijing, Santa Croce in Florence, L’Isola d’Ischia, Snape Maltings, BBC Proms, Bridgewater Hall and at many chamber music societies. The quartet has also appeared three times on BBC Radio 3s ‘In Tune’ program. In 2012 it gave a series of concerts for Kirker Music Holidays in Sussex.
Highlights for 2013/2014 include a return to the Wigmore Hall, Kalkalpen Kammermusik Festival in Austria, the Amici della Musica Firenze, tours of Scotland and Wales, the Holywell Music Room in Oxford and another Kirker Music Holiday.
(Last updated September 2013)
Paul Hughes, General Manager, BBC Symphony Orchestra: Since 1979 when I won the RPS composition prize this amazing organisation has been part of my life, placing music at the heart of modern life.
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