RPS String Prize Winners Announced

10 Jun 2015

The Ruisi Quartet has been awarded the RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize for young string players, while Marta Kowalczyk wins the RPS Emily Anderson Prize for young violinists.

Elected following recent YCAT Trust auditions, the Ruisi Quartet will receive £5,000 towards professional development, and violinist Marta Kowalczyk £2,500.

The Ruisi Quartet - Alessandro Ruisi (violin), his brother Max Ruisi (cello), Guy Button (violin) and Asher Zaccardelli (viola) - are the second winners of the RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize for young string players which was inaugurated in 2014. Formed in 2012, the quartet performs regularly throughout the UK at venues including Wigmore Hall and King’s Place, and this season has been in residence at the Royal College of Music as part of the Artist Diploma in Chamber Music course. The quartet was also chosen to take part in the Spring 2015 IMS Prussia Cove masterclasses with Farenc Rados and Rita Wagner. Read more

Marta Kowalczyk (b.1991) has won the longstanding RPS Emily Anderson Prize for young violinists, following in the footsteps of her compatriot Maria Wloszczowska who scooped the prize in 2013. Currently studying for a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor György Pauk, Marta is a laureate of numerous prizes and international competitions including a former winner of the Eurovision Young Musicians, representing her country at the final event in Vienna in 2008. She has appeared as a recitalist and soloist across Europe, and made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in January 2015. Read more

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10 June 2015

OUR MEMBERS

Rosemary Nalden: British viola player and founder of Buskaid, who now directs the thriving stringed-instruments school in Soweto. Awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2013.

DID YOU KNOW?

The cost of a bassoon for a young player starting their professional training is about £15,000. The RPS John Barbirolli Fund offers much needed financial assistance with instrument purchase.