Prize winners 2012

1st Prize: Trio Gaspard

+ Special award for the best interpretation of the contemporary work

The ensemble is as international as it can be: Only two years ago the pianist Hyo-Sun Lim from South Korea, the violinist Jonian Ilia Kadesha from Greece and the cellist Vashti Hunter from Great Britain founded the Trio Gaspard. Only six months later the trio won the first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach / France followed by the first prize at the 5th International Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna / Austria. Their education is mainly in the hands of Hatto Beyerle, a founding member of the Alban Berg Quartett. As members of the European Chamber Music Academy the Trio Gaspard is additionally working with musicians of the Artis Quartet and the Lindsay Quartet.

2nd Prize: Dudok Kwartet

In 2012 they won the first prizes of the Charles Hennen Concurs in the Netherlands and of the Polish Radom Competition for string quartets: Judith van Driel and Marleen Wester (violins), Mark Mulder (viola) and David Faber (cello). They received important support amongst others from Eberhard Feltz, the Takácz Quartett and the Alban Berg Quartett – with the latter they studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln until 2011. They are currently enrolled in the Dutch National String Quartet Academ. The Dudok Kwartet appeared in numerous important Festivals throughout Europe and gets involved with contemporary music. Next to working with composers like Kaija Saariaho and Mark-Anthony Turnage they also played the premiere of Julius Röntgen’s Concert for String Quartet and Orchestra.

3rd Prize: Trio Atanassov

Pierre-Kaloyann Atanassov (piano), Perceval Gilles (violin) and Sarah Sultan (cello) founded the trio at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2007. Already the same year they had their successful debut at the Festival du Vigan. The Trio Atanassov was awarded the First Prize at the 2010 International Commerzbank Chamber Music Competition, and has won numerous other prizes in major piano trio competitions including the Trondheim International Competition in Norway, the Haydn Competition in Vienna, the Vibrarte Competition and the FNAPEC Competition in Paris. Since 2008 it is a member of European Chamber Music Academy whose director Hatto Beyerle significantly influenced the work of the ensemble.