Protean Quartet Wins 2022 York Early Music Worldwide Younger Artists Competitors

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The Protean Quartet, an early-music ensemble hailing from Germany, is comprised of Javier Aguilar and Edi Kotler (violins), Ricardo Gil (viola), and Clara Rada (cello).

The group triumphed over six different finalists, together with the famend recorder quartet Palisander.

York Early Music Worldwide Younger Artists Competitors carries a money prize of £1,000, an expert recording contract with Linn Data, and alternatives to work with each BBC Radio Three and the Nationwide Centre for Early Music, which relies in York.

The jury was comprised of Edward Blakeman (BBC Radio 3), Albert Edelman (President, Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne 2019-2022), producer and recording engineer Philip Hobbs (Linn Data), violinist Catherine Waterproof coat, and harpsichordist Professor Barbara Willi.

“The final three years have been extraordinary and intensely difficult for all younger musicians,” stated Philip Hobbs, the chair of the jury.

“The caliber of musicianship we’ve got seen in the present day is a tribute to their tenacity and dedication. The usual we see retains going up and up and I want to applaud all those that have taken half on this unimaginable day.”

“We’re so proud to obtain this excellent prize which is able to widen the chance for us to share our music far and vast,” the quartet stated. “We had been competing towards some amazingly gifted musicians and we’re privileged to obtain this nice honor.”

You possibly can re-watch the finals on the competitors’s web site.

Since its formation, Protean Quartet has carried out in festivals reminiscent of Oude Muziek Competition and the Competition de Saintes 2021. In addition they gained the Biagio-Marini Worldwide Competitors 2020. Aside from the quartet, its members play commonly with baroque teams reminiscent of Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Collegium Vocale Gent, Il Convito, Diletto Musicale and Geneva Camerata, amongst others.