Announcing the TICC Academy string quartets 2024!

Presenting the Absalon String Quartet, Quartett HANA, Quatuor Magenta and Stelios Quartet as the string quartets at the 13th edition of Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.

Absalon String Quartet (DK/SE/NO)

Absalon String Quartet is a young Copenhagen-based ensemble formed in 2020. The quartet quickly gained recognition in Denmark after they won the Rued Langgaard Competition in 2021 and played at the opening concert of the Rued Langgaard Festival in Ribe the same year. Since then the Absalon String Quartet has given concerts at a large part of Denmarks music associations and concert halls with great joy. ASQ has also taken part in many international masterclasses e.g. with David Harrington from the Kronos Quartet as part of the Festspillene in Bergen, with the Danish String Quartet at the DSQ Academy, Eberhard Feltz, Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartet), Minna Pensola (Meta4 Quartet) and most recently with Johannes Meissl and Bjørg Lewis at an ECMA session in Copenhagen.

In January 2023 the quartet won first prize at the prestigious Danish Radio Chamber Music Competition. The quartet works on a daily basis with Professor Tim Frederiksen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. ASQ consists of violinists Thera Ortved and Andreas Larsen, Alva Rasmussen on viola and Hedda Aadland on cello.


Quartett HANA (JP/KR/NL/TW)

The Quartett HANA (Gyurim Kwak, Fuga Miwatashi, Simon Rosier and Tzu-Shao Chao) was founded in April 2019 at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2020, the Quartett HANA received 3rd prize at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition in Berlin and played in the Konzerthaus Berlin. In September 2022, the quartet received a special prize “Förderpreis Jeunesse Musicales Deutschland” at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. In April 2023, the quartet was awarded 3rd prize at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen. In October 2023, they also received 2nd prize at the Geneva International Music Competition.

Future engagements include performances at the Mozartfest Würzburg and Heidelberger Frühling String Quartet Festival.

They have been studying with Prof. Rapaël Merlin and the Quatuor Ébène. The musicians have received musical advices, working regularly with Prof.Eberhard Feltz and Prof.Dirk Mommertz (Fauré Quartett). They have participated in masterclasses by Prof.Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartett), Prof. Heime Müller (Artemis Quartett), Prof.Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartett) and Quatuor Voce. Since 2021 they are sponsored by Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now in Munich. The two violinists Gyurim Kwak and Fuga Miwatashi alternate in the role of primaria.


Quatuor Magenta (FR)

The Quatuor Magenta is a string quartet founded in 2021 and based in Paris. For the upcoming seasons, the quartet is ensemble in residence at Proquartet - Centre Européen de Musique de Chambre and junior artist in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation. Finalist at the 8th Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, the quartet also won prizes at the 2023 FNAPEC competition (Académie des Beaux-Arts scholarship) and the Zukunftsklang Competition Stuttgart 2022 (3rd prize).

The Quatuor Magenta has been invited to perform at numerous festivals in France, including the Festival de Radio France Montpellier, the Musikfest Parisienne, the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, Un Été en France with Gautier Capuçon, the Modigliani Quartet’s Festival Vibre !, and the International Piano Festival in la Roque d’Anthéron, as well as in Switzerland (Festival de la Collégiale in Neuchâtel) and in Germany (Klangraum Konzerte in Cologne).
They are featured on flutist Julien Beaudiment’s album California Dreamin’ which was released in 2023 on Klarthe. This season, contemporary music has pride of place with Quatuor Magenta’s participation in the Kronos Quartet’s “50 for the Future” Marathon at the Philharmonie de Paris’s String Quartet Biennial, as well as a recording project of Olivier Korber’s string quartet and performances of Yves Balmer’s string quartet in spring 2024.

The Quatuor Magenta studies with the Quatuor Ébène at their quartet academy at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, with the Quatuor Modigliani in the newÉlite program at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, and with Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen Quartett at the Basel University of Music. They are grateful for the support of the Culture and Musique Foundation (Fondation de France) and that of ADAMI, and they work with Chapeau l’Artiste Production.

Stelios Quartet (KR/CA)

The Stelios Quartet is a rising string quartet made up of four distinct musicians who create an intimate blend in sound.
Founded in 2022 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University under the tutelage of André Roy, the Stelios Quartet received numerous awards, including the 2024 Schiermonnikoog Festival Audience Award and the Grand Prize at the 2023 McGill Chamber Music Competition.

In 2024, the Stelios Quartet was invited to the Netherland String Quartet Academy (NSKA) and the Schiermonnikoog Festival to work closely with Marc Danel, Gehard Schultz, and Luc-Marie Aguera. Previously, they also participated in the McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal.
The Stelios Quartet has captivated audiences with performances in Montreal, Ottawa, Newark, Utrecht, and Schiermonnikoog. Their forthcoming engagements include a distinguished series of concerts across the Netherlands, with appearances in Eelde, Rhenen, Dalfsen, and Schiermonnikoog. Additionally, they will be a guest artist at the 2024 Rendez-Vous Musical de Laterrière festival in Saguenay.
The name “Stelios” was chosen to describe the quartet’s musical qualities —“honest and sensitive”.

Academy 2024
François Kieffer
Hélène Clément
Lorraine Campet
Tom Poster
Jessie Montgomery


TICC is proudly presenting this year's academy instructors:

François Kieffer, Hélène Clément, Lorraine Campet and Tom Poster.

Festival composer: Jessie Montgomery.

Read more about the instructors below.


Academy 2024

TICC Academy for String Quartets is held 24-29 September 2024. 

TICC Academy for String Quartets is held 24-29 September 2024. 

Applications will open 10 January 2024.

Application deadline is 20 April 2024.

François Kieffer


François Kieffer has been fascinated by chamber music and the world of the string quartet from an early age and is the founding cellist of the Quatuor Modigliani.

Trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the class of Philippe Muller and Daria Hovora, he was unanimously awarded his first prize in chamber music as well as his cello prize.

In 2003 he won an audition as solo cellist of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes and founded the Quatuor Modigliani with three friends. The group went on to win three First Prizes at the International Competitions in Eindhoven (2004), Vittorio Rimbotti in Florence (2005) and the prestigious Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York (2006). Since then, the quartet has embarked on an international career in Japan, the United States, Australia, and Europe. It has made some twenty recordings, including the complete set of Schubert's 15 quartets, and won prestigious awards in France and abroad.

After studying with the Ysaÿe Quartet and attending masterclasses with Walter Levin and Gyorgy Kurtag, the Modigliani Quartet was invited to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin University of the Arts. The Quatuor Modigliani has also performed and commissioned numerous contemporary works by Marc-Antony Turnage, Philippe Hersant, Pēteris Vasks, Kaija Saariaho, Evgeny Kissin, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Bruno Mantovani, and Elise Bertrand.

In 2014, together with the Quatuor Modigliani, he relaunched the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian after a thirteen-year hiatus, and in 2016 created the Atelier des Rencontres musicales d’Evian. The quartet is currently artistic director of the Saint-Paul de Vence Festival and the Arcachon Chamber Music Festival. In 2020, the quartet was also entrusted with the artistic direction of the International Quartet Competition in Bordeaux, Vibre!

François Kieffer's chamber music partners include Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Nicholas Angelich, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Sabine Meyer, Sayaka Shoji, Gary Hofmann, Julian Rachlin, Franck Braley, Michel Dalberto, Clemens and Veronika Hagen, and the Ysaÿe and Emerson Quartets.

After almost 20 years of experience, he is a regular guest for the juries of international competitions and gives masterclasses throughout the world (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Menuhin School, Yonsei University, Rice University, Norges musikkhøgskole Oslo, Aix en Provence Festival). In 2023 he set up a quartet class at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and taught the Novo, Elmire and Magenta quartets.

François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller "ex-Warburg", and a bow by Dominique Pecatte from 1850.


Each quartet will be required to prepare 1-2 works of free choice (standard string quartet repertoire), of a minimum duration of 20 minutes. Each quartet will also be expected to prepare one work to be played together with the instructors like a standard repertoire quintet. This work will be announced once the participating quartets have been chosen.

One first movement of a Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart string quartet and one movement from the romantic or 20th/21st century repertoire. 

This year TICC Academy offers participating quartets to play for composer Jessie Montgomery in masterclass. You may choose from the following 5-10 min pieces:

"Break Away"
"Source Code"
"Voodoo Dolls"

Grammy winning composer Jessie Montgomery is the festival Composer at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival arranged parallel to TICC Academy. She is an acclaimed composer, violinist, and educator. A founding member of PUBLIQuartet and former member of the Catalyst Quartet, she continues to maintain an active performance career as a violinist appearing regularly with her own ensembles.

Hélène Clément



Born in France in 1988, Hélène Clément has learned to combine her proud love for french wine with the cheese delicacies found in England when she moved to London in 2013. Her ferocious enthusiasm and thirst for the chamber music and viola repertoire leads her to constantly expand her musical horizons by performing with a wide range of different collaborations, playing in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe and around the World.

Following her passion as a chamber musician, she has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Her chamber music partners have included Mitsuko Uchida, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Nicolas Altstaedt, Benjamin Grosvenor, Alexander Melnikov and Peter Wispelwey, as well as the Brentano String Quartet and the Nash Ensemble.

Since September 2013, she is the viola player of the Doric String Quartet, with which she fulfils her appetite for deep explorations of the repertoire, from Haydn String Quartets to newly commissioned pieces. Recent highlights include recitals at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, and regular performances at the Wigmore Hall. Further afield they have toured to Japan, Israel, Australia, America, Asia and New Zealand.

The Quartet has released a wide range of recordings, working exclusively with Chandos Records. Their most recent releases include works by Haydn, Britten, Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Ms Clément is a frequent guest at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in America and Prussia Cove in England.

She is Principal Viola Player of the innovative Aurora Orchestra based in London, taking part in exciting projects such as playing symphonies by memory and chamber music projects in the most prestigious concert halls.

She teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music of London.
Mentoring and coaching young talents is taking a growing place in her life, and she is with her String Quartet the Artistic Director of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, a position that sees her play a key role in providing young professionals in the field of chamber music with a week of intensive mentoring, coaching and development.

Ms Clement is currently playing on a 1843 Italian viola owned previously by Benjamin Britten and Frank Bridge. The viola is generously lent to her by Britten Pears Arts.


  1. 13th Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy TICC - Academy 2024 is open to string quartets.

  2. Applications will be accepted from musicians of all nationalities provided the combined maximum age of the quartet members as of 24 of September 2024 does not exceed 116 years. The age limit for each musician of the quartet must be under 34 and over 15 years on 29 of September 2024.

  3. Musicians may only enter the academy as a member of one quartet.

  4. Musicians are responsible for all travel expenses. There are possibilities for applying for travel funding, which can be provided based on the need and the total travel costs of the groups.

  5. The academy will offer lodging in 2-bed room, as well as breakfast and one hot meal a day.

  6. The application portal online closes 20 April 2024. The following attachments are required:

    a.  A copy of birth certificate or similar official document confirming the date and place of birth of each candidate.

    b.  Curriculum vitae with particulars of training, awards and diplomas and recent concert appearances of the quartet.

    c.  Two recent professional references.

    d.  Two recent high-resolution photographs of the quartet

    e.  Two recent audio recordings of high quality in uncompressed audio formats, such as (WAV or AIFF), or in formats with lossless compression, such as FLAC or ALAC (.m4a), minimum Bitrate 256kbps, of the quartet containing two contrasting movements with a total duration of min 12 minutes. This should be:

    One first movement of a Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart string quartet


    one movement from the romantic or 20th/21st century repertoire.

    Each movement should be recorded in one "take" and must not be edited or altered in any way. TICC ACADEMY reserves the right to disqualify applicants entering studio enhanced or modified tapes. Applicants are anonymous to the jury when considered for TICC ACADEMY. Label the recordings in English “Piece one” and “Piece two” to keep all applicants anonymous.

    f.  A letter from a teacher or professional musician certifying the authenticity of the recording.

  7. There will be a non-refundable entry fee of EUR 160 per quartet which should not be sent before the application has been accepted.

  8. Each quartet will be required to prepare 1-2 works of free choice of a minimum duration of 20 minutes. Each quartet will also be expected to prepare works to be played together with the instructors. These works will be announced once the participating quartets have been chosen.

  9. All participants shall agree to have their performances recorded, filmed or broadcast on in any medium, live, in whole or in part, in sound, and/or in images. No payment will be made to participants for the recording or broadcasting of the Academy performances.

  10. Rehearsal facilities, including the provision of music stands, will be available to all participants.

  11. English is the official language.

Lorraine Campet

Double bass/violin

Lorraine discovered the double bass at the age of 5, and first learnt with Jean-Edmond Bacquet, before being accepted at the Paris CNSM in 2012, in Thierry Barbé's class. She received her Masters degree in 2016 and went on to study for one year with Petru Iuga at the University of Mannheim in Germany.

Alongside the double bass, Lorraine also studies the violin, firstly working with Suzanne Gessner at the Regional Conservatoire of Paris, before being accepted at the Paris CNSM where she received her Bachelor degree in Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian’s class in 2019.

Lorraine is frequently invited to play as a soloist and to give master class in the whole world (China, USA, UK, Germany, Venezuela..). She regularly plays as a chamber musician in various festivals such as le Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence, le Festival de Pâques in Deauville, les Rencontres Musicales d'Evian, La Folle Journée de Nantes, alongside artists such as Barbara Hannigan, Renaud Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos, the Trio Wanderer, Lise Berthaud, Sarah Nemtanu, François Salque, the Modigliani Quartet, Christophe Morin…

As a soloist, she performs in France and abroad for recitals and solo concerts with orchestra.

She is currently invited to perform with MusicAeterna Orchestra and Utopia Orchestra conducted by Teodor Currentzis, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Grange au Lac in Evian.

She has been awarded the first prize for both the Leopold Bellan International Competition and the International Double Bass Competition in Amsterdam “Bass 2014”.

In 2017, she won both the Festival Prize and the Prize for best interpretation of a contemporary piece at the FMAJI. The same year she also won second prize at the International Giovanni Bottesini Competition.

From 2015 to 2022, she was co-principal bass for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

She plays an exceptional double bass by Pietro-Antonio Testore on loan from Xavier and Joséphine Moreno through Emmanuel Jaeger and a modern double bass by the luthier Richard Gonon and is endorsed by Pirastro Strings.

As a violinist, Lorraine is a member of the Confluence Quartet, in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac, awarded the first prize for the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition. She is lucky enough to play a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini on loan from the Boubo-Music Foundation, and a bow by Edwin Clément.

Tom Poster


Photo: Elena Urioste

Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. He has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style” (The Herald), “mercurially brilliant” (The Strad), and as having “a beautiful tone that you can sink into like a pile of cushions” (BBC Music).

During the 2020 lockdown, his #UriPosteJukebox series with Elena Urioste - featuring Tom as pianist, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, writer, backing dancer and snowman - brought a staggeringly diverse selection of music to audiences across the world through 88 daily online performances, for which the duo won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Inspiration Award. Their subsequent recording, The Jukebox Album, received glowing reviews and a BBC Music Magazine Award nomination.

Tom is co-founder and artistic director of Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, appointed Associate Ensemble at Wigmore Hall in 2020. With a flexible line-up featuring many of today’s most inspirational musicians, and an ardent commitment to diversity through its creative programming, Kaleidoscope broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and has recently enjoyed residencies at the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham and Ischia festivals. Its debut album for Chandos Records, American Quintets, was awarded Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, and immediately led to an invitation to record a series of albums for the label.

Tom has performed over forty concertos from Mozart to Ligeti with Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, China National Symphony, Hallé, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Robin Ticciati and Yan Pascal Tortelier, or sometimes directing from the piano. He has premiered solo, chamber and concertante works by many leading composers, made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms, and his exceptional versatility has put him in great demand at festivals internationally.

Tom has recorded albums for BIS, Champs Hill, Chandos, Decca, Orchid and Warner Classics, appearing as soloist and in collaboration with Elena Urioste, Alison Balsom, Guy Johnston, the Aronowitz Ensemble, Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and London Symphony Orchestra. He regularly features as soloist on film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated score for The Theory of Everything. He studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King’s College, Cambridge. He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007 and the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2000.

Tom’s compositions and arrangements have been commissioned, performed and recorded by Alison Balsom, Matthew Rose, Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott. His chamber opera for puppets, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak, received an acclaimed three-week run at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2017.

Jessie Montgomery

Festival composer/violin

Photo: Jiyang Chen Photography

Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer, violinist, and educator. She is the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation, the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and her works are performed frequently around the world by leading musicians and ensembles. Her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, poetry, and social consciousness, making her an acute interpreter of 21st century American sound and experience. Her profoundly felt works have been described as “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life” (The Washington Post).

Her growing body of work includes solo, chamber, vocal, and orchestral works. Some recent highlights include Shift, Change, Turn (2019) commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Coincident Dances (2018) for the Chicago Sinfonietta, and Banner (2014)—written to mark the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner”—for The Sphinx Organization and the Joyce Foundation, which was presented in its UK premiere at the BBC Proms on 7 August 2021.

Summer 2021 brought a varied slate of premiere performances, including Five Freedom Songs, a song cycle conceived with and written for Soprano Julia Bullock, for Sun Valley and Grand Teton Music Festivals, San Francisco and Kansas City Symphonies, Boston and New Haven Symphony Orchestras, and the Virginia Arts Festival (7 August); a site-specific collaboration with Bard SummerScape Festival and Pam Tanowitz Dance, I was waiting for the echo of a better day (8 July); and Passacaglia, a flute quartet for The National Flute Association’s 49th annual convention (13 August). 

Since 1999, Jessie has been affiliated with The Sphinx Organization, which supports young African American and Latinx string players and has served as composer-in-residence for the Sphinx Virtuosi, the Organization’s flagship professional touring ensemble.

A founding member of PUBLIQuartet and a former member of the Catalyst Quartet, Jessie holds degrees from the Juilliard School and New York University and is currently a PhD Candidate in Music Composition at Princeton University. She is Professor of violin and composition at The New School. In May 2021, she began her three-year appointment as the Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Jessie Montgomery took home the 2024 GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Composition honoring her "Rounds" for Piano and String Orchestra.