NEWS: The Heath Quartet has won the Tromp International Music Competition
(String Quartet) 2008; see further cyntillating sounds
In November 2008, Music Center Frits Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands,
will again host the Tromp International Music Competition and Festival,
in this edition once again dedicated to the string quartet. It is my honour
to be Chairman of the International Jury which further includes
Ida Bieler (Heine Quartet),
Anner Bijlsma (L'archibudelli),
Nicholas Corti (Amati String Quartet),
Mary Rowell (Ethel Quartet),
Radim Sedmidubsky (Skampa Quartet) and
Andrew Watkinson (Endellion String Quartet).
21 string quartets from 10 countries have applied for participation in Tromp 2008.
After a first round, judicated via CD recordings, the quartets will further compete
from November 16-22 in Eindhoven. Steve Martland has composed the obilgatory
work for the final round, November 22, for string quartet and percussion
(the other instrument for which Tromp organizes an international competition
and festival, next edition 2010). Master percussionist Colin Currie will
accompany those string quartets who succesfully reach the finals.
There is €44,500 in cash prizes available; the winning quartet will
also be engaged for a series of recitals and have the opportunity to
make a CD recording (made possible by the Friends of Tromp who also host
the participants in their homes during the competition).
The competition is augmented with an exciting festival themed Four & More,
signalling creative collaborations between string quartets and a rich array of soloists.
Emile Wennekes will participate as follows:
Saturday 15 November, 19 hours: meet the artist:
Steve Martland in conversation with Emile Wennekes
Monday 17 November, 20.15: lecture/concert in collaboration with The Doelen Quartet:
It ain't much if it ain't Dutch: string quartets of the Netherlands
The complete programme and all further details are available via www.trompinternational.nl