2023 - String Quartet

Presentation

The 77th Concours de Genève was dedicated to Flute & String Quartet and took place from 23 October - 4 November 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland. The competition was open to all string quartets whose members are born after 29 October 1988. The cumulative age of all the members could not exceed 120 years.
 

Candidates 2023

Fifteen String Quartets were selected for the 77th Concours de Genève:

ALBERO QUARTET, Korea
Kaewon Ma, Yeojin Lee (Violins)
Woojin Lim (Viola)
Yejin Kim (Cello)

ANIMATO QUARTET, Netherlands
Inga Våga Gaustad, Tim Brackman (Violins)
Elisa Karen Tavenier (Viola)
Pieter De Koe (Cello)

AST QUARTET, Korea
Sungmoon Kim, Minju Park (Violins)
Jinju Yang (Viola)
Eunju Cheung (Cello)

ATENEA QUARTET, Spain
Gil Sisquella Oncins, Jaume Angelès i Fité (Violins)
Bernat Santacana i Hervada (Viola)
Iago Domínguez Eiras (Cello)

ELAIA QUARTETT, Germany
Iris Günther, Leonie Flaksman (Violins)
Francesca Rivinius (Viola)
Karolin Spegg (Cello)

QUATUOR ELMIRE, France
David Petrlik, Yoan Brakha (Violins)
Hortense Fourrier (Viola)
Rémi Carlon (Cello)

QUARTETTO EOS, Italy
Elia Chiesa, Giacomo Del Papa (Violins)
Alessandro Acqui (Viola)
Silvia Ancarani (Cello)

QUARTETT HANA, Germany
Fuga Miwatashi, Gyurim Kwak (Violins)
Emiko Yuasa (Viola)
Johannes Välja (Cello)

KANDINSKY QUARTET, Austria
Hannah Kandinsky, Evgenii Artemenkov (Violins)
Ignazio Alayza (Viola)
Antonio Gervilla Díaz (Cello)

QUATUOR MAGENTA, France
Ida Derbesse, Elena Watson-Perry (Violins)
Claire Pass-Lanneau (Viola)
Fiona Robson (Cello)

MODULOR QUARTET, Switzerland
Gregor Hänssler, Beatrice Harmon (Violins)
Mila Krasnyuk (Viola)
Milena Umiglia (Cello)

MOSER STRING QUARTET, Switzerland
Kanon Miyashita, Patricia Muro Francia (Violins)
Ariadna Bataller Calatayud (Viola)
Lea Galasso (Cello)

NOVO QUARTET, Denmark
Kaya Kato Møller, Nikolai Vasili Nedergaard (Violins)
Daniel Śledziński (Viola)
Signe Ebstrup Bitsch (Cello)

QUATUOR WASSILY, France
Marine Faup-Pelot, Vincent Forestier (Violins)
Clément Hoareau (Viola)
Raphaël Ginzburg (Cello)
 

 

Semi-Finalists

The following string quartets were selected to take part in the semi-final round :

AST QUARTET, Korea
Sungmoon Kim, Minju Park (Violins)
Jinju Yang (Viola)
Eunju Cheung (Cello)

ATENEA QUARTET, Spain
Gil Sisquella Oncins, Jaume Angelès i Fité (Violins)
Bernat Santacana i Hervada (Viola)
Iago Domínguez Eiras (Cello)

QUATUOR ELMIRE, France
David Petrlik, Yoan Brakha (Violins)
Hortense Fourrier (Viola)
Rémi Carlon (Cello)

QUARTETTO EOS, Italy
Elia Chiesa, Giacomo Del Papa (Violins)
Alessandro Acqui (Viola)
Silvia Ancarani (Cello)

QUARTETT HANA, Germany
Fuga Miwatashi, Gyurim Kwak (Violins)
Emiko Yuasa (Viola)
Johannes Välja (Cello)

NOVO QUARTET, Denmark
Kaya Kato Møller, Nikolai Vasili Nedergaard (Violins)
Daniel Śledziński (Viola)
Signe Ebstrup Bitsch (Cello)
 

The String Quartet Semi-Finals, comprising two recitals plus the artistic project presentation, will take place from 24-27 October: For the first recital, the six semi-finalist quartets must present a 90-minute recital including a quartet piece by Bela Bartok and another at their preference; the second recital, must include one quartet piece by Beethoven, one contemporary work from a predetermined list, and then a final piece of their choice.

 

 

Finalists

Three string quartets were selected as finalists of the 77th Concours de Genève:

FINALISTS

QUATUOR ELMIRE, France
David Petrlik, Yoan Brakha (Violins)
Hortense Fourrier (Viola)
Rémi Carlon (Cello)

QUARTETT HANA, Germany
Fuga Miwatashi, Gyurim Kwak (Violins)
Emiko Yuasa (Viola)
Johannes Välja (Cello)

NOVO QUARTET, Denmark
Kaya Kato Møller, Nikolai Vasili Nedergaard (Violins)
Daniel Śledziński (Viola)
Signe Ebstrup Bitsch (Cello)

 

 

Prizewinners

OFFICIAL PRIZES

FIRST PRIZE (CHF 20,000.-)
Novo Quartet

SECOND PRIZE EX AEQUO (CHF 12,000.-)
Quartett Hana
Quatuor Elmire


SPECIAL PRIZES

AUDIENCE PRIZE: CHF 1,500.-  
Novo Quartet
The Audience Prize is awarded by the spectators of the Final Rounds. The finalist who receives the most ballots is the winner of this prize.

YOUNG AUDIENCE PRIZE: CHF 1,000.-
Novo Quartet
The Young Audience Prize is awarded by a group of students from public and private schools in Geneva, having formerly received a specific training. Their eval- uation asses the two Final Rounds.

STUDENTS' PRIZE: CHF 1,000.-
Novo Quartet
The Students’ Prize is awarded by a group of students from the Faculty of Music and the Department of Musicology of the University of Geneva, who evaluate both Finals. It is integrated in their official curriculum. The Students’ Prize is offered by Ms. & Mr. Hervieu-Causse.

CONCERTS DE JUSSY PRIZE: CHF 4,000.-
Novo Quartet
The “Concerts de Jussy” Special Prize is awarded to the winner of the String Quartet Competition and consists in a concert on October 30th at the Temple de Jussy.

FONDATION ETRILLARD PRIZE CHF 5000.–
Quatuor Elmire
The “Fondation Etrillard” Prize is awarded by the Jury to the quartet finalist who has presented the most remarkable personal artistic project during the semi-final round.

 

Laureates also received a special gift from our partner Pirastro Strings.

 

 

Programme

VIDEO PRESELECTION ROUND (approx. 30 min)

  1. J. Haydn: two contrasting movements from a quartet at free choice
     
  2. Two contrasting movements from a quartet by one of the following composers:
    • J. Brahms
    • F. Mendelssohn
    • F. Schubert
    • R. Schumann

NB : Movements can be chosen freely and must not necessarily be consecutive. Works chosen for the Preselection Round can be repeated once in the following rounds.


ONLINE RECITAL (max. 50 min)
maximum 16 string quartets

  1. W. A. Mozart or J. Haydn: One quartet at free choice   
     
  2. One 20th century quartet from the following list:
    • H. Dutilleux: Quartet «Ainsi la nuit»  
    • L. Janáček: Quartet n°1 or n°2
    • G. Kurtág:  Quartet Op. 1  
    • G. Ligeti: Quartet n°1 or n°2
    • M. Ravel: Quartet in F Major
    • D. Shostakovitch: Quartet n°4 or n°6 or n°8

NB: The Online Recital may not exceed 50 minutes including entrances and exits.


SEMI-FINAL ROUND IN THREE PARTS
maximum 6 quartets

Recital 1 (max. 90 min): 40% of the evaluation

  1. B. Bartok: One quartet at free choice
     
  2. Rest of the programme at free choice  

NB: The Recital may not exceed 90 minutes including entrances/exits and eventual pauses.

Recital 2  (max. 75 min): 40% of the evaluation

  1. L. v. Beethoven: One quartet at free choice
     
  2. One contemporary work from the following list:
    • L. Berio: Sincronie (1963-64) 15’
    • E. Carter: Quartet n°5 (1994-95) 21’
    • F. Donatoni: La Souris sans sourire (1988) 17’
    • P. Dusapin: Quartet n°5 (2004-05) 17’
    • J. Harvey: Quartet n°2 (1988) 15’
    • H. W. Henze:  Quartet n°5 (1976) 25’
    • W. Rihm: Quatuor n°13 (2011) 20'
    • R. Saunders:  fletch (2012) 15’
    • S. Sciarrino: Sei quartetti brevi (1967-92) 17’
       
  3. Rest of the programme at free choice  

NB: The Recital should not exceed 75 minutes including entrances/exits and eventual pauses.

Personal Artistic Project: 20% of the evaluation

Presentation and defence of a personal artistic project


FINAL ROUND

One quartet at free choice (max. 45 min)

 

 

 

Calendar

Career Development

In addition to the official prizes, the Concours de Genève offers a Career Development Programme to its laureates, providing them with the support and advice they need to launch their careers. The programme includes two years of concert management by Sartory Artists; the key to many performance opportunities, personal coaching, and professional workshops.