Wonhee Bae violin I, Yuna Ha violin II
Jiwon Kim viola, Ye-Eun Heo violoncello
The Esmé Quartet has rapidly gained a reputation as a chamber ensemble of exceptional achievement and promise. In spring 2018 the quartet won first prize and four special prizes at the prestigious Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London, and in autumn 2018 it became HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d’Aix. This recognition followed prizes at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, Irene-Steels Wilsing String Quartet Competition and the Chamber Music Competition at Cologne’s Hochschule für Musik und Tanz.
As winner of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Esmé Quartet will appear at Wigmore Hall and make a tour of the UK in 2019, take up residencies at the Banff Centre (Canada) and Avaloch Farm Music Institute (USA), and go into the studio for the British CD label Champs Hills Records. Engagements in 2018-19 also include a debut at the Lotte Hall Seoul and at the Lucerne Festival 2019, a tour of Italy, and performances at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, at the Brahms Festival in the city of Lübeck, at the Esterházy Festival Eisenstadt (Austria) and at the Montreal International String Academy 2018.
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