2nd Prize € 13.000,- gestiftet von der Stadt Graz
The Gémeaux Quartett was founded in 2003 in Basle and ranks today among the leading ensembles of its generation. On the occasion of the ARD Musikwettbewerb 2008 the four musicians won the 3rd prize and the sought-after audience award, and in 2007 the 1st prize in the chamber music competition of the “Migros-Kulturprozent”. In the very same year they were awarded the Mozart Prize of the City of Lucerne and were 1st prize winners of the competition of the Basler Orchestergesellschaft (BOG). In 2009 the Gémeaux Quartett received the Swiss Ambassador‘s Award in London that gave the ensemble the opportunity to go on tour through England, Scotland and Wales.
Numerous concerts including performances at KKL Luzern, Opera Bastille Paris, Tonhalle Zürich, Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London and at the Kölner Philharmonie. Guest appearance at renowned festivals including the Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Rheingau Musikfestival, Heidelberger Frühling and the Davos Festival. Numerous radio and TV appearances. Chamber music partners include Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartett), Maximilian Hornung, Jens Peter Maintz, Reinhard Latzko, Sebastian Manz, Christian Poltéra and Julian Prégardien.
After chamber music studies with Walter Levin and Sebastian Hamann the four musicians are currently provided with artistic advice also by Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett). Since 2010/11 they have been the “Ensemble in Residence” at Folkwang University Essen.
Yu ZHUANG, Violin (China)
Born in 1981 in Shanghai. Studies with Lina Yu at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and with Rainer Schmidt at the City of Basle Music Academy, Master Degree in 2010.
In 2006 master classes with Pinchas Zukerman in Shanghai. In 1998 2nd prize winner of the Hong Kong Mozart Music Competition, in 2003 2nd prize winner of the National Gold Clock Prize Violin Competition in China. In 2003 appearance at the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway, in 2004 at the International Violin Aspen Music Festival in Japan. In 2005 participation in the 15th Keshet Eilon Violin Master Class in Israel. Since 2006 member of the “Great Wall” International Music Academy in Beijing.
Manuel OSWALD, Violin (Switzerland)
Born in 1981 in Fribourg, Switzerland. Studies with Gyula Stuller, Sebastian Hamann (Lucerne) and Rainer Schmidt (Basle). In 2001 he graduated from Fribourg Conservatory (teaching diploma). In 2009 graduation from the University’s School of Music Lucerne (chamber music) and concert diploma in Basle.
Master classes with Tibor Varga, Michèle Auclair and Valery Gradow. He took part in the Festival Strings Lucerne and in the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. Concertmaster of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, prize winner of the “Fonds Pierre et Renée Glasson” Foundation.
Sylvia ZUCKER, Viola (Germany)
Born in 1980 in Basle, Switzerland. Violin studies with Sebastian Hamann in Lübeck and Lucerne, viola studies with Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartett). Graduation from the Lucerne University‘s School of Music: chamber music (2009), concert diploma (2010).
In 1997, she won the second prize for violin at the “International Competition Rovere Doro” (Italy), in 1997 and 1998, she was holder of the Sparkasse Ueberlingen Scholarship. Since 2010 she has been teaching assistant of Isabel Charisius at the Lucerne University’s School of Music. Participation in the Festival Strings Lucerne and membership in the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra.
Matthijs BROERSMA, Violoncello (Netherlands)
Born in 1987 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. From 2001 to 2006 studies with Leonid Gorokhov and Louise Hopkins at Yehudi Menuhin School. In 2010, he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He is currently studying with Louise Hopkins at the University of the Arts Bern, Switzerland. Master classes with Colin Carr, Bernard Greenhouse, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis and Arto Noras. In 2010, he was 1st prize winner of the Kenneth Page Cello Competition and was awarded several prizes of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Musicians Benevolent Fund and of the LYRA Foundation.
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left to right: Sissi Potzinger from Stadt Graz, Yu Zhuang, Matthijs Broersma, Sylvia Zucker, Manuel Oswald and Rector-designate of KUG Georg Schulz at the prize giving ceremony in the Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress, on 16.02.2012.
Franz Schubert: Streichquartett d-Moll D 810 “Der Tod und das Mädchen”:
II. Andante con moto