3rd prize € 9,000 donated by the five Styrian universities

The German-Swiss Amaryllis Quartet was trained by Walter Levin, the principal of the LaSalle Quartet, in Basel and has been studying with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne since 2007. The Amaryllis Quartet regularly plays in concert series and festivals in Germany, Switzerland and other European countries ; 2005 included appearances in the Stuttgart Liederhalle and at the Lucerne Festival and in 2006 concerts at the NDR, at the festival "Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" and at the Società del Quartetto di Milano. In addition, the quartet called its own concert series in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg to life. 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition "Charles Hennen" in the Netherlands, winner of the "Premio Paolo Borciani" 2008, 3rd Prize Tromp Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2008.Master classes at the Artemis Quartet and joint concerts, among others. with Barbara Westphal, Albrecht Breuninger, Francois Benda, Dimitri Ashkenazy and the actor Christoph Bantzer. Scholarship of the German Music Competition 2009. One focus of the young quartet is the rediscovery of forgotten masterpieces. In this context, they devote themselves to the Hungarian composer Géza Frid, a pupil Bartók. In 2008 they released the first recordings of his string quartets for Covello Classics.

Gustav Frielinghaus, violin (Germany)
Born in 1978 in Hamburg, Germany. Training from 1999-2003 with Igor Ozim. Previous study at Winfried Rüssmann in Hamburg. Further studies with Thomas Brandis in Lübeck, graduation in 2007. Performances as concert master in opera productions and symphonic concerts as well as soloist with various international youth orchestras in Asia and the USA and the Bieler Sinfonieorchester in Switzerland.

Lena Eckels, viola (Germany)
Born in 1982 in Detmold, Germany. Since 2001 studies with Barbara Westphal. 1st national award winner of "Jugend musiziert", Klassikpreis der Stadt Münster and WDR. Prize of the Society of Westphalian Cultural Work, 1st prize winner of the Brahms Competition in Pörtschach. Masterclasses with Nobuko Imai, James Dunham and Heidi Castleman.

Magdalena Wirth, violin (Germany)
Born in 1983 in Schwetzingen, Germany. Studied with Jörg Hofmann (2002-2004), since 2004 with Albrecht Breuninger. Prizewinner of "Jugend musiziert", traveling as concertmaster in various youth orchestras to Australia and Canada. Solo performances with the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester and in 2005 at the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez. Masterclasses u.a. with the almond ring quartet.

Yves Sandoz, Violoncello (Switzerland)
Born in 1980 in Solothurn, Switzerland. 2000-2005 studied under Reinhard Latzko, since 2005 studies with Gustav Rivinius. Masterclasses with Monique Bartels, Christophe Coin, Wen-Sinn Yang and Martin Zeller. Voice of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, solo performances with various Swiss orchestras, winner of the Swiss Chamber Music Competition, 2004 annual prize of the Canton of Solothurn.