Prize for the Best Interpretation of a Work of Music of Modernity for “Métamorphoses nocturnes” by György Liget € 4.500,- donated by Steinway in Austria
The Terpsycordes Quartet was founded in 1997. After completing their studies with Gabor Takacs-Nagy at the Geneva Conservatoire, they obtained in 2001 a string quartet “Premier Prix de Virtuosité”. The Terpsycordes Quartet was prizewinner of several International Competitions, amongst them: The 2001 Geneva International Music Competition: 1st prize & special prize for the best interpretation of a 20th century work. The Geneva Conservatoire Chamber Music Competition: 1st prize in 2001 and 2nd prize in 2000. The Zurich Chamber Music Competition: 2nd prize in 2001. This ensemble is regularly invited to various master classes, held by artists like: Sandor Devich, Franco Rossi, the Amadeus String Quartet, Charles Rosen and Janos Starker. It has also had the opportunity to work with the Hungarian composer György Kurtág. The Quartet also takes part in the ProQuartet programme in Fontainebleau and works on its interpretation of the classical repertoire with Florence Malgoire at the Geneva Centre for Ancient Music. Performances at various festivals and concert seasons in Switzerland and abroad. The quartet has also been frequently invited to give broadcast performances on the Suisse-Romande Radio Station, by Radio-France and BBC Scotland.
Girolamo BOTTIGLIERI, Violin
Girolamo Bottiglieri was born in Salerno in 1974. After completing his studies at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome with G. Leone at the age of 18, he joined C. Romano’s class at the Geneva Conservatoire (Switzerland) where he obtained a Premier Prix de Virtuosité in 1997. Further studies followed with Salvatore Accardo in Cremona. He has won several prizes at national and international competitions (Lampronti Prize as best Italian violinist at the Lipizer International Competition 1998) and has performed as a soloist with various orchestras, including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. As a chamber musician he has played throughout Europe. He has also worked with composers like György Kurtág and Sofia Gubaidulina and has performed on programs for radio stations in Switzerland and Italy. Girolamo Bottiglieri plays a violin made by Cesare Candi (Genova 1930) belonging to the Lalive Foundation, Geneva.
Raya RAYTCHEVA, Violin
Born in Pleven (Bulgaria) in 1976. Raya Raytcheva came to Switzerland and started studying at the Crans Violin High School thanks to a scholarship from the Kayaleh Foundation won in 1992. She later joined M. Piguet-Karafilova’s class at the Geneva Conservatoire and obtained a Premier Prix de Virtuosité in 2000. Raya has received several prizes at national and international competitions such as the Swiss Youth Music Competition and Stresa International Competition. She has performed as a soloist with Swiss (Ensemble Instrumental Romand) and Bulgarian orchestras. Regularly invited to join the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Raya has played in Switzerland, France, Belgium and Bulgaria as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has also performed in programs broadcast by the Swiss Radio.
Caroline HAAS, Viola
Born in 1975 in Geneva, Caroline Haas began studying at the Geneva Conservatoire in 1996. In 2001, she obtained a viola diploma in N. Pache’s class and in String Quartet Premier Prix de Virtuosité with G. Takacs. She has also attended masterclasses with C. Romano, A. Brussilowsky, F. Kirch, F. Malgoire, B. Giuranna and M.-A. Nicolas. She has performed in Europe with chamber music ensembles, collaborating with musicians such as R. Kussmaul, E. Pahud, J.-P. Wallez, V. Oistrakh and F. Pettrachi. She has been part of several world premieres and has worked with the composers G. Kurtág and H. Holliger. She has played as concert master under the baton of G. Garrido, E. Krivine and Ph. Beran. As a soloist, she has performed with the Ensemble Instrumental Romand and has played in programs for radio stations in Switzerland and Italy. Caroline Haas also plays the baroque viola with the Ensemble Elyma.
François GRIN, Violoncello
François Grin was born in 1969 in Washington DC (USA). He received his first musical training in Lausanne (Switzerland) at the age of seven with C. Henneberger. Then he studied with G. Fallot and D. Grosgurin at the Geneva Conservatoire where he obtained a cello diploma with a special prize and a Premier Prix de Virtuosité. A scholarship allowed him to attend postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, achieving the Diploma of Advanced Studies in D. Cummings’ class. He has also taken part in masterclasses with L. Harrell, M. Lidstroem and J. Starker.
François Grin has mainly performed as a chamber musician, in contact with significant musicians like A. Gerecz, H. Beyerle, W. Levin, F. Droujinin or C. Elton. He has been a member of the prizewinner quartet Ortys, performing numerous concerts in Switzerland and abroad and recording CDs recommended by the musical press. François Grin plays a cello made by Pressenda (Torino 1841) thanks to the Henneberger-Mercier Foundation.
Prize Winners’ Concert, Stefaniensaal Graz