2nd Prize ATS 180.000,- donated by Gesellschaft der Freunde der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz together with Traute-Rendi-Stiftung
Special Prize/ Prize for the Best Interpretation of a String Quartet by Ernst Krenek (in honour of his 100th birthday on August 23rd, 2000) ATS 60.000,- donated by Steirische Industrie, completed from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz
AMAR QUARTETT (Switzerland)
The Amar Quartet was initiated by Anna Brunner-Weber and Maja Weber. The quartet has performed in the present formation with Lorenz Gamma and Hannes Bärtschi since 1999. 1998 first CD recording including Hindemith´s String Quartet no. 4. Many prizes, e. g. 1st prize at the 6th International String Quartet Competition in Bubenreuth. 1999 special prize „Orpheus-Konzerte 2000“ and invitation to the Encounters with Isaac Stern in Cologne. The Quartet has played four Stradivari instruments since 1999, made possible by the foundation Habisreutinger. Since 1998 regular work together with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. In 2000 Millennium Award at the 8th International String Quartet Competition in London.
Anna BRUNNER, Violin
Born in Switzerland in 1972. At the age of three first violin lessons. Prizewinner at several youth music competitions. Trained to play the violin by Elisabeth and Rudolf Weber-Erb and by Thomas Füri at the conservatories Zürich and Basel. 1992 graduation with Teaching Diploma, 1995 Concert-Diploma with honours. Twice winner of the „Kiefer Habitzel“ Scholarship. 1989-1996 member of the chamber ensemble ARS AMATA ZÜRICH.
Lorenz GAMMA, Violin
Born in Switzerland in 1971. Violin studies with Gunar Larsens at the Conservatorium Luzern. Scholarship of the „C. Dienemann“ Foundation. 1993-1996 studies with Franco Gulli at the Indiana University in Bloomington (USA). 1996-1998 Masters Degree at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA) with Steven Staryk, concurrently teaching assistant. 1996-1998 concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle.
Hanns BÄRTSCHI, Viola
Born in Switzerland in 1977. At the age of six first violin lessons. Additional piano lessons, during high school viola and horn trianing. Since 1997 studies with Nicolas Corti at the Conservatorium Zürich. 1998 Kiwanis Music Prize.
Maja WEBER, Violoncello
Born in Switzerland in 1974. First cello lessons at the age of four. Prizewinner at several youth music competitions. 1990-1993 studies at the Conservatorium Winterthur with Markus Stocker and Cäcilia Chmel, 1993-1995 at the Academy of Music Cologne with F. Helmerson. Scholarships of the „C. Dienemann“ and the „Kiefer Habitzel“ Foundations. Substitute in the Winterthur City Orchestra and in the Zürich Chamber Orchestra. Since 1992 member of ARS AMATA ZÜRICH.
Franz Schubert: Streichquartett in a-Moll op. 29 D 804 ”Rosamunde”: