ECHÉA QUARTET WON THE 69TH ROSL ANNUAL MUSIC COMPETITION STRINGS ENSEMBLE PRIZE ON TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER AND WERE AWARDED £10,000 FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHED MUSCIANSHIP AND TEAMWORK.
This year’s line-up for the Strings Ensemble Section Final saw four talented groups take to the stage; the Brompton Quartet, Heathcliff Trio, Hill Quartet and Echéa Quartet, who battled it out for the £10,000 prize and made for an exciting evening of performances. The adjudicators Ann Beilby, Stephen Upshaw, Gavin Henderson CBE and Geoff Parkin had the difficult decision of choosing the section winner, who will go onto perform at the Gold Medal Final. ROSL Artistic Director Geoff Parkin commented that “the Echea Quartet performed an exceptional mini-recital of Schubert and Brahms, with a bold choice of some movements from Kurtag’s Officium Breve in memoriam Andreae Szervanszky sandwiched in the middle, which worked brilliantly. As previous ROSL finalists it is great to hear the quartet’s development and we are excited to see their career in chamber music continue to build”.
Recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize (2019/20), the Echéa Quartet was formed in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music, London. They are recent winners of the ‘Tremplin’ at the Philharmonie de Paris’ String Quartet Biennale (2020) and prizewinners of the International Anton Rubinstein Competition (2017). The quartet are currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal College of Music, artists for the Concordia and City Music Foundations (2019/20) and Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
- 14 September: Brass, Wind and Percussion – winner Marie Sato flute
- 21 September: Singers – winner Milly Forrest soprano
- 28 September: Keyboard – winner Ryan Corbett accordion
- 5 October: Strings – winner Matthias Balzat cello
- 12 October: Ensemble A (Strings) – winners Echéa Quartet
- 19 October: Ensemble B (Mixed)
- 26 October: Overseas Award
- 24 November: Gold Medal Final
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