TICC quartets 2017

We are proud to present TICC participants 2017!


Atem String Quartet (Norway)
The Atem String Quartet is comprised of four talented Norwegian musicians, violinists Maria Angelika Carlsen and Eva Camilla Eikaas Stalheim, violist Marthe Husum and cellist Frida Fredrikke Waaler Wærvågen. The quartet is based in Oslo and Copenhagen and they have played together for several years in the award winning chamber orchestra Ensemble Allegria. Atem String Quartet has a deep commitment to the repertoire and a unique approach to sound and colour. Together they seek to reach the core of the music, and simultaneously put a personal imprint on their interpretations.



ESMÈ Quartet (South Korea)

Esmé Quartet is comprised of four Korean musicians, violinist Wonhee Bae and Yoona Ha, violist Jiwon Kim, and cellist Ye-eun Heo. Its members have been winners of international competitions and the quartet also won the first prize at the chamber music competition in Musikhochschule Köln 2016. Recently Esmè quartet was invited to play at the Kranhaus in Köln, Alpmuseum in Remagen, Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders, NDR Radio and Schloss Bensberg in Bergisch Gladbach. Esmè has participated in Proquartet masterclass and Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus Weikersheim where they were awarded a prize for a concert in Heidelberger Streichquartettfest 2019. Mentored by Harald Schoneweg, and the Casals Quartet, the Esmè is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik Lübeck under the tutelage of Heime Müller.



Maxwell String Quartet (UK)
Hailed as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” (The Herald) the Maxwell Quartet is rapidly establishing itself as a dynamic and exciting force in the chamber music world, with a strong commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire. The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the quartet is currently on the Park Lane Young Artist Programme, and the Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme. The Quartet formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where its founding members met as postgraduate students. In 2011 they were selected as the Royal Conservatoire's Young Artists in Residence. Passionate about collaborating with non-classical artists and other artforms, the quartet has worked with a global roster of artists and institutions. In addition to a busy concert diary, the quartet have featured in broadcasts for BBC Radio Scotland, as well as regularly giving schools workshops and concerts for children.


Omer Quartet (USA/South Korea)
The Omer Quartet is a leader among today’s young string quartets. The top prizewinner in the XI Premio Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, the quartet has been praised for playing with a “sense of discovery and adventure, but also with considerable finesse.” The quartet just completed a graduate residency directed by Paul Katz at New England Conservatory and served on the faculty at the Preparatory School from 2016-2017. Established at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009, they have performed in venues such as Jordan Hall and Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago’s Cultural Center. They have appeared on the WFMT radio network and the Aspen Public Radio. The quartet has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Clive Greensmith and Eugene Drucker, and collaborated with composers such as Sean Shepherd and Perry Goldstein. Committed to community education and advocates of civic engagement, the Omer Quartet devotes time to creating original and interactive programs. They completed a fellowship with Music for Food, a musician-led initiative directed by Kim Kashkashian for local hunger relief.



Secession Quartet (Japan/Taiwan/USA)
Secession Quartet, comprised of talented musicians from the MUK University of Vienna, have a broad spectrum of repertoire as well as sound and interpretation. Since their founding, Secession Quartet has found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process.


Simply Quartet (China/Norway)
Simply Quartet was founded in 2008 under the tutelage of prof. Jensen Horn-Sin Lam. Soon thereafter, Simply won the 1st prize at the 2009 Shanghai Chamber Music Competition and the Special Prize of the 2011 Beijing International Quartet Competition. Beginning in 2012, the ensemble pursued further studies with prof. Johannes Meissl at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and also participated in the “Haydn Total” recording program launched by the Chamber Music Department of the Tokyo University of the Arts and the mdw’s Joseph Haydn Department of Chamber Music. The following year, Simply was awarded the ECMA Prize of isa (the mdw’s International Summer Academy). The season of 2016/17 includes concert and festival performances in Austria, Portugal, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia. The members of Simply Quartet study with prof. Johannes Meissl at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.



Thaleia Quartet (Japan)
Thaleia Quartet was formed by students of Tokyo University of the Arts in 2014. Each musician is gifted with excellent technique and musicality combined with their sense of ensemble. The quartet is studying with prof. Kazuki Sawa, Katsuya Matsubara, Toshihiko Ichitsubo and Nobuko Yamazaki. They have been taking master classes with artists such as Gabriel Lipkind, Skampa Quartet and the Chilingirian Quartet. They won the 3rd prize in Salzburg-Mozart International Chamber Music Competition and 2nd prize in Munetsugu Hall String Quartet Competition. The quartet has had recitals in Lake District Summer Music.


Program & tickets Jury 2017

Program & tickets


Preliminary Rounds, Day 1
Tuesday, September 26, 10.00-15.00
Frimurerlogen, Kongens gate 3, 7011 Trondheim
Free entrance

10.00 Thaleia Quartet
11.00 Simply Quartet
13.00 Atem String Quartet
14.00 Maxwell String Quartet

Preliminary Rounds, Day 2
Wednesday, September 27, 10.00-15.00
Frimurerlogen, Kongens gate 3, 7011 Trondheim
Free entrance

10.00 Omer Quartet


13.00 Esmè Quartet
14.00 Secession Quartet

Thursday, September 28, 09.30-15.30
Frimurerlogen, Kongens gate 3, 7011 Trondheim
Free entrance

09.30-10.20: Quartet A (tba)
10.20-11.10: Quartet B (tba)
11.10-12:00: Quartet C (tba)
13.00-13.50 Quartet D (tba)
13.50-14.40 Quartet E (tba)

Saturday, September 30, 18.00
Frimurerlogen, Kongens gate 3, 7011 Trondheim
CC: 325,- / 150,-

Friday September 29
11.30: Nordlåna, Nord Universitet, Levanger
18.00: At home with Flataune Johansen – Hammerslia 16, Buvika, Skaun kommune

Saturday September 30
13.00: Thamspaviljongen, Orkanger
13.00: Levanger Kulturkirke
14.00: Lørdagsvrimmel, Kimen Kulturhus, Stjørdal



Jury 2017

Chairman of the jury is Levon Chilingirian (UK). And with him in the jury is François Kieffer (FR), Vladimir Mendelssohn (ROU), Susie Mészáros (UK), Joseph Breinl (GE), Øystein Sonstad (NO) and Øyvor Volle (NO).

Levon Chilingirian - Jury Chairman
Levon Chilingirian is a violinist and professor at the Royal College of Music in London. His string quartet, the Chilingirian Quartet, is one of the most active and celebrated string quartets on the international scene with tours to over fifty countries on six continents. Its highly regarded and wide-ranging recorded repertoire spans classical to contemporary works. In 1971, along with cellist Philip De Groote, Levon founded the Quartet.


François Kieffer
After studying with Philippe Muller at the Paris Conservatory, François Kieffer and three friends founded Quatuor Modigliani in 2003. The quartet won international competitions, and this helped to lift the quartet up on the international stage. Kieffer has held master classes and has been a driving force in supporting young musicians. Quatuor Modigliani has been artistic director of Rencontres Musicales d'Evian since 2014.


Vladimir Mendelssohn
The descendant of a prominent musical family, Vladimir Mendelssohn has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, composer and arranger. He has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels. Mendelssohn is professor of chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire and he also teaches in The Hague, Essen and Bologna, as well as giving master classes around the world.

Susie Mészáros
Mészáros studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She is now a member of the world-renowned Chilingirian String Quartet and Professor at both RCM and RNCM teaching violin, viola and chamber music. Mészáros has performed as a guest principal with major orchestras including the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Joseph Breinl
Breinl studied the piano in Munich with Karl-Hermann Mrongovius and Gitti Pirner. Numerous radio broadcasts and high-profile appearances have earned him a reputation as one of the most highly respected piano accompanists and chamber musicians of the younger generation. Since 2010 Breinl has been professor of song interpretation and vocal accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.

Øystein Sonstad
Sonstad is one of Norway’s most sought after cello players, and has been a soloist with leading orchestras in Norway. Since co-founding the Oslo String Quartet in 1991 he has built up a considerable reputation as a chamber musician. Sonstad is active as an arranger and composer. He has written incidental music for three theatre productions in Copenhagen, and his brilliant arrangements in all genres and styles have made headlines through recordings and concerts.


Øyvor Volle
Øyvor Volle co-founded the Vertavo Quartet in 1984, one of the country's most recognized string quartets. The quartet is the artistic director at the Festspillene in Elverum, and Volle is Concertmaster in the Gothenburg Opera, and has previously been Concertmaster in the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. She teaches music at the University of Gothenburg.