1st Prize was not awarded
2nd Prize € 13,000
donated by the Governor of Styria
Special Prize / Best Interpretation of a Work of Modern Music for the String Quartet No. 2 op. 59 by Karol Szymanowski € 4,500, -
donated by Jöbstl KG
Founded in 2002. Currently studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet) and members of the Alban Berg Quartet. October 2003 One-year scholarship from the Österreichische Interpretengesellschaft and sponsorship from the Herbert von Karajan Centrum Wien. Chamber music prize at Gradus ad Parnassum and "Großer Gradus ad Parnassum Preis" (overall winner of all categories) - Recording of the award-winning concert at Konzerthaus Klagenfurt by ORF for Ö1 and on CD. Admission to the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now, invitation to the European Quartet Academy and winner of various selection games (e.g. the PE-Förderkreis in Mannheim, 2004 Musical Juventutis). At the International Chamber Music Competition Antonio Scontrino in Trapani (Italy) Prize of the international press jury for the best interpretation of a romantic work with Schumann's String Quartet op. 41/1. Concert performances i. a. in the Brucknerhaus Linz with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, in the Mozart-Saal and Schubert-Saal of the Wiener Konzerthaus, at the renowned German chamber music festivals Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Melos Logos (Stiftung Weimarer Klassik), national country tour of the Jeunesse Austria as well as concerts in Warsaw, Luxembourg, Genoa, Siena and Palermo. The string quartet completed masterclasses with Hatto Beyerle (Hanover Academy of Music), Paul Roczek (International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg) and within the framework of the European Quartet Academy with Norbert Brainin (Amadeus Quartet), Milan Škampa (Smetana Quartet), Pierro Farulli (Quartetto Italiano) and Christoph Richter (Cherubini Quartet).
Maria EHMER, violin (Austria)
Born in Vöcklabruck (Austria). Studied at the Bruckner Conservatory Linz and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Wolfram Wincoi, Ernst Kovacic and Günter Pichler. Masterclasses with Benjamin Schmid, Lynn Blakeslee and Antje Weithaas. Four-time winner of Prima la Musica, Special Award Winner of the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach. Solo performances i. a. with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Kammerphilharmonie Warsaw.
Markus HUBER, Viola (Austria)
Born in Lienz (Austria). Studied at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Martin Brunner, Christos Kanettis, Wolfgang Klos, Ulrich Schönauer and Siegfried Führlinger. Masterclasses with Thomas Riebl, Johannes Lüthy, Michael Kugel and Hartmut Rhode. Award winners at Prima la Musica and Gradus ad Parnassum. Performances with the Junge Österreichischen Philharmonie, the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra (WJO), solo violist of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO).
Anna KNOPP, violin (Austria)
Born in Grieskirchen (Austria). Studied at the Bruckner Konservatorium Linz and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Sabine Reiter, Albert Fischer and Gerhard Schulz. Masterclasses with Benjamin Schmid, Ulla Schulz, Eszter Haffner, Hanna Weinmeister, Arkady Fomin and Vadim Genzman. 2nd Prize at Concertino Praga, 1st Prize at Prima la Musica, 2005 Recognition Award from the City of Frankfurt. Solo performances with the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. Anna Knopp plays on a violin by Vincenzo Ventapane, Naples 1770, on loan from the Oesterreichische Nationalbank.
Leonhard ROCZEK, Violoncello (Austria)
Born in Salzburg (Austria). Studied at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Heidi Litschauer, Clemens Hagen and Valentin Erben. Masterclasses with Zara Nelsova, Wolfgang Boettcher and Patrick Demenga. Award winners at Prima la Musica and Gradus ad Parnassum.