Bordeaux international string quartet competition 2016

Alain Meunier & Bernard Lummeaux, co-directeurs de Quatuors à Bordeaux crédit Simon Buchou
Festival Quatuors à Bordeaux 2014 crédit Simon Buchou
crédit Simon Buchou

Bordeaux international string quartet competition
from 2nd to 8th may 2016

The Jury

Bruno Giuranna, President (viola), Italy
Sylvie Gazeau (violin), France
Ayako Tanaka (violin), Japan
Hans Egidi (viola), Germany
Stefan Metz (cello), The Netherlands
Helena Poggio (cello), Spain
Alain Planès (piano), France


Candidates shall observe the following rules.

1/ Length of first and second round performances: between 50 and 60 minutes. Length of final round performance: between 60 and 70 minutes.

2/ All candidates shall begin the first round with:
J. Haydn, Quartet in D minor, Op. 103 OR F. Schubert, Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703QuartettsatzOR J. C. de Arriaga, Quartet No. 3 in E flat major
Tis is the only obligation related to the order of performance in all rounds.

3/ All candidates shall:
Choose ONE quartet from Beethoven’s Op. 59 OR Op. 74 OR Op. 95
Choose ONE quartet written between 1772 and 1845 (with the exception of any work by Beethoven)
Choose ONE or TWO of the following works:

L. Durosoir, Quartet No. 1, OR Quartet No. 2, OR Quartet No. 3 *
A. Bax, String Quartet No. 1 in G major
E. Elgar, String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83
P. Hindemith, String Quartet No. 1 in C, Op. 2
E. Grieg, String Quartet No. 2 in F major (unfinished, 2 movements)
C. Koechlin, String Quartet No. 2 Op. 57
J. McEwen, String Quartet No. 9 « Threnody »
D. Milhaud, Quartet No. 2, Op. 16 OR Quartet No. 3, Op. 32 OR Quartet No. 4, Op. 46
J. Sibelius, Op. 56 « Voces intimae »
I. Stravinsky, Three pieces for string quartet
A. von Zemlinsky, String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15

* A special prize of € 4,000.00 will be awarded to the best performance of one of Lucien Durosoir’s quartets. Candidates are anyway free to choose any other work.

How to obtain the scores and parts of Lucien Durosoir’s works: (Durosoir’s publisher)
– major music shops

Given the above conditions, candidates shall decide their music programmes for each round at their discretion. In order to reach the required duration of each round (50 to 60 minutes for the first and the second round, 60 to 70 minutes for the final round), candidates may freely choose the works to be performed. Such choice may cover the entire history of string quartet repertoire up to 2016!

The decisions of the Jury will take the music programmes into account, too.

New prize in 2016! Prize of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland
Scholarship for participating in the International Chamber Music Campus Schloss Weikersheim
August 24 – September 4 2016
Teachers: Belcea Quartet, Dirk Mommertz (Fauré Quartet), Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet), Hariolf Schlichtig (Cherubini Quartet)

Candidates are kindly required to submit any question in due time, before being informed on their admission to the competition.

Contact Francesca Zini

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