1st Prize was not awarded
2nd Prize € 13.000,- donated by Landeshauptmann von Steiermark
Best Interpretation of a Work of a Music of Modern Times for Streichquartett Nr. 2, op. 56 by Karol Szymanowski € 4.500,- donated by Jöbstl KG
The Minetti Quartet was founded in 2002. The four musicians all study at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. As a string quartet they are coached by Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet) and members of the Alban Berg Quartet. In October 2003 the Minetti Quartet received a one-year scholarship from the “Österreichische Interpretengesellschaft“ and was sponsored by the Herbert von Karajan Centre, Vienna. Following this, the quartet won the Chamber Music Prize at the most important national music competition in Austria, “Gradus ad Parnassum“, in the prizewinners’ concert, qualifying for the “Major Gradus ad Parnassum Prize“, which made them the overall winners of all categories (ORF-recording of the prizewinners’ concert in the Konzerthaus Klagenfurt for Ö1 and on CD). In 2004 the quartet won the Musica Juventutis Competition, was accepted by the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “Live Music Now“, received an invitation to the European Quartet Academy and won the competition of the PE-Stiftung Mannheim. At the International Chamber Music Competition Antonio Scontrino in Trapani (Italy) the four musicians were awarded the International Press Prize “for the best interpretation of a romantic work“ for their performance of Schumann’s string quartet op. 41/1. Some of their most important appearances are their performance at the Brucknerhaus Linz (Bohuslav Martinu: Concerto for string quartet and orchestra) with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the concerts at the renowned German Chamber Music Festivals Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Melos Logos (Stiftung Weimarer Klassik), the tour of Jeunesse Musicales Austria, as well as the concerts in Warsaw, Luxembourg, Genova, Siena and Palermo. The string quartet has taken part in master classes with Hatto Bayerle (Musikhochschule Hannover), Paul Roczek (Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg) and during the European Quartet Academy with Norbert Brainin (Amadeus Quartet), Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet), Pierro Farulli (Quartetto Italiano) and Christoph Richter (Cherubini Quartet).
Maria EHMER, Violin (Austria)
Born in Vöcklabruck (Austria). Studies at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Wolfgang Wincoi, Ernst Kovacic and Günter Pichler. Master classes with Benjamin Schmid, Lynn Blakeslee and Antje Weithaas. Four-time winner of the “Prima la Musica“ Competition. Appearances as a soloist with the Bruckner Orchester Linz and the Warsaw Chamber Philharmonic.
Anna KNOPP, Violin (Austria)
Born in Grieskirchen (Austria). Studies at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Sabine Reiter, Albert Fischer and Gerhard Schulz. Master classes with Benjamin Schmid, Ulla Schulz, Eszter Haffner, Hanna Weinmeister, Arkadi Fomin and Vadim Genzman. 2nd prize at the “Concertino Praga“, several 1st prizes at “Prima la Musica“, in 2005 Commendation Prize from the City of Frankfurt. Appearances as a soloist with the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. Anna Knopp plays a Vincenzo Ventapane violin (Naples, 1770), loaned to her by the Austrian National Bank.
Markus HUBER, Viola (Austria)
Born in Lienz (Austria). Studies at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium, Innsbruck, and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Martin Brunner, Christos Kanettis, Wolfgang Klos, Ulrich Schönauer and Siegfried Führlinger. Master classes with Thomas Riebl, Johannes Lüthy, Michael Kugel and Hartmut Rohde. Prizewinner at “Prima la Musica“ and “Gradus ad Parnassum“. Performances with the Junge Österreichische Philharmonie, the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra (WJO), principal viola of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO).
Leonhard ROCZEK, Violoncello (Austria)
Born in Salzburg (Austria). Studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Salzburg, Mozarteum, and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Heidi Litschauer, Clemens Hagen and Valentin Erben. Master classes with Zara Nelsova, Wolfgang Böttcher and Patrick Demenga. Prizewinner at “Prima la Musica“ and “Gradus ad Parnassum“.
MINETTI QUARTETT, Prize Winners’ Concert, Stefaniensaal Graz
f.l.t.r.: Helmut Hirt, Markus Huber, Anna Knopp, Maria Ehmer, Leonhard Roczek, Rector Otto Kolleritsch