Commences 7.30pm (Hartlepool Town Hall)
Haydn: String Quartet No. 66 in G major, Op. 77, No. 1,
Britten: String Quartet 2 C, Op. 36
Dvorak: String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106,
Qian Wu and Edward Brenton, violins / Matthew Kettle, viola / Joe Zeitlin, cello
2nd prize winners and winners of the Barenreiter prize at the 2012 Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition in Heerlen, Netherlands and Semi Finalists at the 2011 Beijing International String Quartet competition, the Wu Quartet has pursued its studies with members of the Artis, Alban Berg, Talich, Ysaye and Wihan Quartets, as well as with the Lindsay Quartet's Peter Cropper and Gyorgy Pauk. Also recipients of an MBF Ensemble Award 2011 and winners of the 'Artis Quartet Prize' for the outstanding string quartet at the 2011 ISA Prague/Wien/Budapest Sommerakademie, they have more recently built very strong relationships with Johannes Meissl, Simon Rowland Jones and Evgenia Ephstein (Aviv String Quartet), whom they look forward to working with in the future. In November 2011 the quartet began regular study with Hatto Beyerle (founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet) in Hannover and Austria, which is generously supported by he Hattori Foundation.
As well as making their Wigmore Hall debut in June 2011, they also became only the second British based string quartet to be selected for ECMA-the European Chamber Music Academy, allowing them the opportunity to perform extensively and attend masterclasses with international artists across Europe. They also study regularly at the Chamberstudio masterclasses at King's Place in London. The quartet made their Purcell Room debut in October 2009, performing Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Naxos Quartet No. 8 and returned to perform in the Park Lane Group's New Year Series in January 2010. Also winners of the 2009 MMSF/Philharmonia Orchestra Ensemble Award the quartet were King Charles Junior Fellows at Trinity College of Music for 2010/2011. For the academic year 2008/2009 they were string quartet in residence at Repton School with the Navarra Quartet. In May 2012 the quartet was invited to take a place on the Royal Northern College of Music's International Artist Diploma course which will begin in September 2012.
The Wu Quartet has collaborated in concert with musicians such as Simon Rowland Jones, Roger Vignoles, Mark Padmore, Guy Johnston and Richard Harwood. The quartet appeared live with Sean Rafferty on 'In Tune' on BBC Radio 3 in February and June 2011 and in April 2012 were broadcast live on Radio 4 Holland. Their recitals in 2011 included the Paris Conservatoire; the Arnold Schoenberg Centre and at the ORF Radiokulturhaus in Vienna, Austria; the National Concert Hall in Beijing, China; and at the Convento di San Salvatore al Monte alle Croici, piazzaile Michelangelo in Florence, Italy. Other future and recent performances include an Aldeburgh Residency in March 2012; Manchester Midday Concerts Society at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; Kings Place, London; Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh; Snape Maltings; Music in the Round at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield; St Martins in the Field, London; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; St John's, Smith Square and the Greenwich International Chamber Music Festival 2011. In July 2011 they travelled to Fiesole, Italy to participate in a recording project between the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. As a result they were invited to take a scholarship to attend the ISA Prague/Wien/Budapest masterclasses in August 2011 by ECMA and ISA Artistic Director, Johannes Meissl of the Artis Quartet.
"Those who managed to catch the last of the 2011 season of Chamber Studio Showcase concerts in King's Place, London, would have considered themselves very fortunate indeed. The artists at the end of a memorable evening, which had included a masterly performance of the Ravel Piano Trio, were the Wu Quartet." - John Treadwell
"Anyone present in the Britten Studio at Snape on the Saturday afternoon of Humphrey Burton's Simply Schubert 80th birthday weekend will have heard a heart-stoppingly fresh, intense and technically secure performance of the Schubert String Quintet in C, D956. It was by the Wu Quartet " - Philip Britton