2nd prize € 13,000
donated by the city of Graz

Founded in 2003 in Basel, the Gémeaux Quartet is one of the leading ensembles of its generation today. In the ARD Music Competition 2008, the four musicians won the 3rd Prize and the coveted Audience Award, in 2007 the 1st prize in the chamber music competition of the "Migros Culture Percentage". In the same year, they received the Mozart Prize of the City of Lucerne and were the first prizewinners of the competition of the Basler Orchestergesellschaft (BOG). In 2009, the Gémeaux Quartet was awarded the Swiss Ambassador's Award in London, which led the ensemble on a tour of England, Scotland and Wales.
Great concert activity, u. a. Performances at the KKL Luzern, the Opera Bastille Paris, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London and the Kölner Philharmonie. Guest of renowned festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Davos Festival. Numerous radio and television recordings. Chamber music partners were u. a. Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet), 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 are currently being artistically advised by Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett). Since 2010/11 "Ensemble in Residence" at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen.

Yu ZHUANG, violin (China)
Born in 1981 in Shanghai. Studied with Lina Yu at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and with Rainer Schmidt at the Music Academy Basel, Master Degree 2010.
2006 master class at Pinchas Zukerman in Shanghai. 1998 Second Prize at the Hong Kong Mozart Music Competition, 2003 Second Prize at the National Gold Clock Prize Violin Competition in China. 2003 Performance at the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway; 2004 at the International Violin Aspen Music Festival in Japan. 2005 15th Keshet Eilon Violin Masterclass in Israel. 2006 member of the "Great Wall" International Music Academy in Beijing.

Sylvia ZUCKER, viola (Germany)
Born in 1980 in Basel, Switzerland. Violin studies with Sebastian Hamann in Lübeck and Lucerne, Viola studies with Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet). 2009 graduated from the Lucerne School of Music (chamber music). Graduated from the Lucerne School of Music in 2010 (concert diploma).
1997 second prize for violin at the international competition "Rovere Doro" (Italy), 1997 and 1998 scholarships of the Sparkasse Ueberlingen. Since 2010 assistant teacher for Isabel Charisius at the Musikhochschule Luzern. Participant in the Festival Strings Lucerne and member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra.

Manuel OSWALD, violin (Switzerland)
Born in 1981 in Friborg, Switzerland. Studied with Gyula Stuller, Sebastian Hamann (Lucerne) and Rainer Schmidt (Basel). 2001 graduated from the Friborg Conservatory (teaching diploma). 2009 graduation from the Musikhochschule Luzern (chamber music and concert diploma)
Masterclasses with Tibor Varga, Michèle Auclair, Valery Gradow. Participants in the Festival Strings Lucerne and at the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. Concertmaster of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, Prize of the Fonds Pierre et Renée Glasson Foundation.

Matthijs BROERSMA, Violoncello (Netherlands)
Born in 1987 in Leeuwarden, Holland. 2001-2006 studied under Leonid Gorokhov and Louise Hopkins at the Yehudi Menuhin School. 2006 Degree from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Currently studying under Louise Hopkins at the Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland. Masterclasses with Colin Carr, Bernard Greenhouse, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis and Arto Noras. 2010 First Prize at the Kenneth Page Cello Competition and several awards from Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Musicians Benevolent Fund and the LYRA Foundation.