TICC quartets 2021

Publisert: 6/3/2021

As much as seventeen countries are represented in the 11th Trondheim Competition 21st - 25th September 2021, gathering ten young quartets. This year we had a record of 41 applicants, and we are proud to present the TICC participants 2021! 

Animato Quartet (NO/NL)

Inga Våga Gaustad, violin
Tim Brackman, violin
Elisa Karen Tavenier, viola
Pieter de Koe, cello

The Animato Quartet is widely considered to be one of the most promising young string quartets in the Netherlands with its members being praised for their passionate, spontaneous playing and their powerful on-stage presence. Founded in 2013, their programs contain a combination of classical music with inspiration from the abundant string quartet repertoire and contemporary compositions some of which have been especially composed for the ensemble.  In 2014 the Animato Quartet received an award for ‘Artistic Excellence’ at the Brazilian ‘Festival International de Inverno de Campos do Jordao’, and was laureate of the Grachtenfestival CompetitionLater. In 2017 the quartet received the prestigious string quartet grant from the Kersjes Foundation, one of the largest private culture funds in the Netherlands supporting young talent. Being ‘artist in residence’ as part of the post-grad program of the Dutch String Quartet Academy, the Animato feels hugely privileged to work with inspiring artists and coaches such as Marc Danel and Eberhard Feltz, and Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl, to name a few. The Animato has been chosen from more than 40 applications as one of the four laureates of the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2021-’22! In the near future, the quartet is looking forward to many new challenges, incuding exciting collaborations with musicians such as saxophonist Kika Sprangers, bassoonist Thomas Dulfer, and pianist Hanna Shybayeva, with whom they have recorded Beethoven’s Piano Concerto nr. 1 in a transcription for string quintet. 

Arete Quartet (KR)

Chaeann Jeon, violin
Donghwi Kim, violin
Yoonsun Jang, viola
Seonghyeon Park, cello

The Arete Quartet was founded in September 2019, and has studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with prof. Christoph Poppen and Jaeyoung Kim of the Novus Quartet. In October 2019 they succeeded in Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation “The 24th Kumho Young Chamber Concert Audition” and from 2020 they have given concerts at the Praum Musical Instrument Museum, “Kumho Young Chamber Concert” Recital at Kumho Art Hall Yonsei, Seocho Chamber Music Festival 2020, Guro Classic Festa 2020 and The 813th House Concert in Artist House in 2021. Arete Quartet has now passed the preliminary round of Prague String Quartet Competition, Borciani String Quartet Competition and is the finalist of the Schoenfeld International Competition.

Chaos Quartet (DE/HU/IT/NL)

Susanne Schäffer, violin
Eszter Kruchió, violin
Sara Marzadori, viola
Bas Jongen, cello

To follow one’s own path unburdened by pre-defined standards, one that transcends barriers and pushes all boundaries – that is the motto of the Chaos String Quartet.
As winners of the XI. Premio V. E. Rimbotti in Italy, they have been invited to music festivals such as Beethoven Frühling Baden, Podium Festival Mödling, Steirisches Kammermusikfestival, isa Festival, Musethica Zaragoza, Festival del Quartetto Firenze and Wien Modern. Future engagements include Ravenna Festival, Davos Festival - Young Artists in Concert and Amici della Musica Firenze. At the 65th Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus they were awarded the prize for the most promising newcomer ensemble 2020, which includes an invitation to the Heidelberger Streichquartettfest. The ensemble is currently mentored by Johannes Meissl in Vienna and received additional musical training from artists such as Heime Müller, Clive Brown, Eberhard Feltz, Hatto Beyerle, Hariolf Schlichtig, Rainer Schmidt, Jean Sulem, András Keller and Oliver Wille. Currently, the quartet is completing the ECMAster (European Chamber Music Master) Programme and is member of the chamber music network Le Dimore del Quartetto.

Clova Quartet (BO/ES/UK)

Gabriel Bilbao, violin
Rodrigo Checa, violin
Edgar Francis, viola
Hugh Mackay, cello

Formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2019, the Clova Quartet is an exciting, young and innovative string quartet based in London. Comprising four current students of the Royal Academy, their musical interests span widely, from historically informed performance to contemporary repertoire, jazz to Latin music. Shortly after forming, the quartet made their debut at the Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival and are continuing to quickly build their repertoire. Following competitive auditions in October 2019, they were selected for the Frost ASSET Scheme 2019-2020 (Royal Academy of Music) and were assigned Levon Chilingirian (Chilingirian Quartet) as their personal mentor. The quartet also receives regular coaching from a wide range of distinguished musicians including members of the Doric Quartet and the Piatti Quartet, Hartmut Rohde (Mozart Piano Quartet; University of the Arts Berlin), Catherine Manson (London Haydn Quartet; Leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra), James Boyd, Robin Michael (Principal Cellist, Orchestre Les Siècles), Ben Hancox (Sacconi Quartet), Toke Møldrup (Principal Cellist, Copenhagen Philharmonic; Piazo Quartet), Jonathan Manson (London Haydn Quartet) and Maggie Faultless (Leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment). Following successful concerts in and around London, including The Royal Academy of Music’s Recital Series, Selwyn College (Cambridge), St James’ Piccadilly (London) and the Fidelio Orchestra Cafe (London), Clova are working towards postponed performances including Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival and Petworth Festival, for which they are working closely with composer Iasonas Maroulis on a newly commissioned work.

Quatuor Confluence (FR)

Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, violin
Lorraine Campet, violin
Pierre-Antoine Codron, viola
Tom Almerge-Zerillo, cello

The Confluence Quartet had several members since 2015, but in September 2019, Charlotte and Lorraine joined Pierre-Antoine et Tom, the two founding members. Mathieu Herzog, violist, conductor and founder member of EBENE quartet, is their main teacher. He leads the quartet in different projects and in the string quartet competitions' training. The Confluence Quartet won 1st prize at the "Tremplin pour jeunes quatuors de la philharmonie de Paris" 2016 and Prix Fnapec and Proquartet Prize at the "Fnapec european competition", Paris, 2016. Due to the current health crisis, most of the concerts were cancelled, but the quartet still performed in festivals such as the "Jeudi Musicaux de Royan" and for private concerts. In April 2021 they played live at "Génération France Musique" for RadioFrance. The quartet was invited by the prestigious SINGER-POLIGNAC foundation (Paris, France) to be part of their Young Artist residence, alongside french chamber ensembles like Quatuor EBENE and Quatuor AROD. The quartet recently joined the BOUBO-MUSIC foundation (Basel, SW) who generously lends them some old fine italian instruments. 

Erinys Quartet (US/LT/FI/GR)

Elisabeth Stewart, violin
Marija Räisänen, violin
Aida Hadzajlic, viola
Stergios Theodoridis, cello

Based in Helsinki, Finland, the Erinys Quartet was formed in 2018 and is comprised of violinists Elizabeth Stewart and Marija Räisänen, violist Aida Hadzajlic, and cellist Stergios Theodoridis, all of whom are currently pursuing diplomas at the Sibelius Academy. Under the guidance of Finnish cellist Marko Ylönen, Erinys has performed works of Beethoven, Brahms, Shostakovich, and Schubert and presents concerts around Helsinki. The quartet has also worked with Paavo Pohjola and Martti Rautio. Erinys was featured at Mimir Chamber Music Festival (USA) during the summer of 2020, performing web-streamed concerts for global audiences. In addition to chamber music, all four members also participate in the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra and play with professional orchestras throughout Finland.


Sara Pastine, violin
Fausto Cigarini, violin
Salvatore Emanuel Borrelli, viola
Lorenzo Cosi, cello

The Leonardo Quartet, features four outstanding talents in an unique canvas. Their longtime friendship and their common interest in the String Quartet repertoire highly motivated them to start their way together in 2019. Prof. Paola Besutti, mentor of the Quartet, has accurately followed its musical preparation. The members of the Leonardo Quartet are succeeding in academic careers in different prestigious european Universities: Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien, Musikhochschule in Lugano, Musikhochschule in Hannover. The four young musicians are prize winners in national and international competition and have been working with important orchestras such as: Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Orchestra Leonore, Verbier Festival and Chamber Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra and Gstaad Music Festival Orchestra. In April 2019 the Quartet had its debut at “Musica Iuxta Crucem” Festival in Carpi and in the evocative atmosphere of the Cappelle Medicee in Florence, performing Haydn's “Seven Last Words of Christ”. Leonardo Quartet has performed in important chamber music festivals in Italy such as “Farulli 100” and “Il suono giovane” in Florence, “Mantova Chamber Music Festival” with M° Sandro Cappelleto, “Parma capitale della cultura 2020”, in Teatro Regio of Parma featuring the famous actor "L.Lo Cascio" acting voice, in Soviore "Festival internazionale di Musica delle Cinque Terre" and others. They have attended lessons with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet), Peter Schuhmayer (Artis Quartet) and they have participated in the Virtuoso e Belcanto Festival in Lucca where they played two concerts in collaboration with " Dimore del Quartetto" and have had masterclasses with L.M.Aguera, Bruno Giuranna, A. Brendel. Since November 2020 they are master students in the Artemis Quartet class at the UdK University in Berlin. Therefore they have the great possibility of being followed by Vineta Sareika, Gregor Sigl and Eckart Runge.Leonardo Quartet has recently won the famous XXXX Musical Critics Award "Franco Abbiati", Premio Farulli for chamber music. In the near future Leonardo Quartet is performing concerts at Teatro Civico in La Spezia, in the prestigious “Ravenna Festival”, in Caserta Florence and Varese, to name a few.


NOVO Quartet (DK/PL)

Kaya Kato Møller, violin
Nikolai Vasili Nedergaard, violin
Daniel Sledzinski, viola
Signe Ebstrup Bitsch, cello

NOVO Quartet is a Danish-Polish quartet formed in September 2018. All the members are students at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, studying as a chamber music group under Professor Tim Frederiksen – the teacher and mentor behind Danish String Quartet. Over the past years, the four individual members have entered several competitions both in Denmark and abroad, and they have received extremely positive remarks and awards for their performances. The members of the quartet have also played several concerts with solo programs giving them the opportunity to develop as musicians. Additionally, they have each participated in masterclasses with famous and highly respected professors from all over the world, among others: Nikolaj Znaider, Pinchas Zukerman, Milan Vitek, Sergey Kravchenko, Lawrence Power and Jeffrey Irvine. Despite their short time together as a quartet, NOVO Quartet has already played a wide range of repertoire for a variety of concerts. In May 2019 they won the Køge Chamber Music Competition 2019 and Scholarship Competition at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. In June 2019, they represented The Royal Danish Academy of Music at a Dutch music and architecture festival ‘Tilburg is Mooi’. In October 2019 they were semi finalists in the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition 2019, and in November 2019 they were invited to perform in Shanghai, China. Most recently, they were awarded the Grand Prize Winner in ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition 2020. 

Persée Quartet (CA)

Julia Mirzoev, violin
Russell Iceberg, violin
Justin Almazan, viola
Braden McConnell, cello

The Persée Quartet based in Montréal make music with a remarkable joy in playing. They have studied with mentors such as André Roy (primary coach), Ani Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Miro String Quartet and the New Orford String Quartet. Since its creation in 2019 the young and very gifted group of musicians studied at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. Among several awards and achievments they have achieved Senior Quartet, Montréal International StringQuartet Academy (MISQA), Eleanor Stubley Recording Prize-2020, Finalist at WDAV Young Musicians Competition, in 2020 Official Selection; Premio Paolo Borciani and also awarded 1st Prize at the McGill Chamber Music Competition. The quartet combines the spark of youth with a singleness of purpose usually reserved to long time established ensembles. -They play with a humanity and a skill that combines a 20th-century virtuoso ensemble virtue with an old-world sense of color, character, and style.

Risus Quartet (KR/US)

Haeni Lee, violin
Jieun Yoo, violin
Mary Eunkyung Chang, viola
Bobae Lee, cello

The Risus Quartet was officially founded in 2020 in South Korea by four young passionate musicians. ‘Risus’ in Latin means laugh and was named in the sense of wanting to give joy and laugh to the audiences. Its members - Haeni Lee, Jieun Yoo (Violins), Mary Eunkyung Chang(Viola), Bobae Lee(Cello)- graduated from Seoul National University with a passion for chamber music. After graduating from Seoul National University, they started their study in the US and they broaden their view as musicians. They often spent time together to play quartet music to share their passion for chamber music in the US, and had a concert at Auer Hall, For-crawford Hall, Morse recital Hall, Jassen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall and Bates Recital Hall,. Continuing their passion for quartet, they successfully had their first invited concert in Seoul, Tongui-dong Classic on September 12, 2020. Additianally, Risus quartet were invited to the Chamber music Festival held in Seocho-gu, Seoul, they had a concert in October 21, 2020. Risus quartet is currently a resident Quartet of the Busan Classical Development Council and the Samick Cultural Foundation. With constant research and curiosity on string quartet, Risus quartet is digesting music of various genres from Baroque to modern music.