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Semi-Finalists Announced at Concours de Genève String Quartet Edition 2023

The string quartet edition of the 77th Concours de Genève will take place from October 23 - November 4, 2023, in Geneva, Switzerland

Founded in 1939, Concours de Genève is one of the world’s leading international music competitions. It aims at discovering, promoting, and supporting young talented artists, giving them the necessary tools to launch an international career. Several main disciplines rotate annually, including piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, viola, string quartet, voice, percussion, and composition, which is held every second year.

The string quartet edition of the 77th Concours de Genève will take place from October 23 - November 4, 2023, in Geneva, Switzerland.

As the official media and broadcast partner, all rounds of this year's string quartet competition will be streamed on The Violin Channel and be available for playback.

The six string quartets advancing to the semi-finals include:

  • Ast Quartet,  Korea
  • Atenea Quartet, Spain
  • Quatuor Elmire, France
  • Quartetto Eos, Italy
  • Quartett Hana, Germany
  • Novo Quartet, Denmark

The String Quartet jury will comprise Corina Belcea (Chair), Stefan FehlandtNobuko ImaiGabriel Le MagadureChristian PoltéraVineta Sareika, and Lydia Shelley.

The first prize will receive CHF 20,000, second prize CHF 12,000, and third prize: CHF 8,000. Additional awards will be given out, such as the Audience Prize, Young Audience Prize, and Students Prize.

The competition also offers career development to its laureates, who will benefit from two years of management from the Sartory Artists agency. During the two years following their prize, laureates are offered an international concert tour and can participate in the Concours de Genève offers a Prizewinners Workshop — highlighting different subjects such as performance, health, career management, image, and social media.

The first part of the competition will be held online. Selected string quartets will have until July 10 to submit their videos for the Online Recital, which will be live-streamed from September 18-20.

The public Semi-Final will be held in Geneva from 24-28 October 24-28  and will take place in three stages: a 90-minute recital which must include one of Bartok’s quartets, followed by a 75-minute recital which must include one of Beethoven’s quartets, as well as a contemporary piece.

Additionally, each semi-finalist will have to present and defend a personal artistic project, which the Concours de Genève will then contribute towards realizing as part of the Prizewinners’ Career Development Programme. A new feature of the Competition since 2022, this third stage seeks to provide further insight into candidates’ artistic personalities.


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