2nd Prize ATS 180,000, - Prize of the Society of Friends of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz together with the Traute Rendi Foundation
Special Prize / Best Interpretation of a String Quartet by Ernst Krenek (on the occasion of his 100th birthday on August 23, 2000) ATS 60,000, - Prize of the Styrian Industry, supplemented by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
AMAR QUARTET (Switzerland)
Foundation of the string quartet by Anna Brunner-Weber and Maja Weber, since 1999 collaboration with Lorenz Gamma and Hannes Bärtschi. 1998 first CD recording including the String Quartet No. 4 by Paul Hindemith. Several prices, u. a. 1st Prize at the 6th International String Quartet Competition in Bubenreuth, 1999 Promotion Prize "Orpheus Concerts 2000", 1999 Invitation to the "Encounters" with Isaac Stern in Cologne. 1999 Loan of four Stradivari instruments by the Habisreutinger Foundation. Since 1998 regular work with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. 2000 Millennium Award at the 8th International String Quartet Competition in London.
Anna BRUNNER, violin
Born in 1972 in Switzerland. At the age of three, beginning of the violin playing. Laureate of some youth music competitions. Geiger education with Elisabeth and Rudolf Weber-Erb and with Thomas Füri at the conservatories of Zurich and Basel. Graduated with a teaching diploma in 1992, 1995 concert diploma with honors. Two-time winner of the "Kiefer-Hablitzel" scholarship. From 1989 to 1996 member of the chamber ensemble ARS AMATA ZURICH.
Hanns BÄRTSCHI, Viola
Born in 1977 in Switzerland. First violin lessons at the age of six. Additional piano lessons, in middle school viola and hornhorn lessons. Since 1997 studies under Nicolas Corti at the Zurich Conservatory. 1998 laureate of the Kiwanis Music Prize.
Lorenz GAMMA, violin
Born 1971 in Switzerland. Violin studies with Gunar Larsens at the Lucerne Conservatory. Scholarship of the "C. Dienemann" Foundation. 1993-1996 studied with Franco Gulli at Indiana University in Bloomington (USA). 1996-1998 Masters Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA with Steven Staryk, of which he was a teaching assistant. 1996-1998 Concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle.
Maja WEBER, Violoncello
Born in 1974 in Switzerland. First cello playing with four years. Winner of various youth music competitions. 1990-1993 studies at the Conservatory Winterthur with Markus Stocker and Cäcilia Chmel, 1993-1995 at the Musikhochschule Köln with F. Helmerson. Scholarships of the "C. Dienemann" and the "Kiefer-Hablitzel" foundation. Substitute in the Stadtorchester Winterthur and the Zürcher Kammerorchester. Since 1992 member of ARS AMATA ZURICH.