St Martin's Chamber Music Competition

The Chamber Music Competition, run in association with Making Music, awards an outstanding young ensemble with performance opportunities.

The competition embodies St Martin’s commitment to the discovery, nurture and promotion of new and emerging musical talent and continues a long history of musical excellence and artistic contribution at the heart of London.

With the support of Making Music, the competition is able to offer winners the opportunity to establish and develop a performance profile throughout the UK. Through our collaboration, Making Music member groups can book the winning ensemble for an exclusive fee under our discounted artist scheme.

2018 winner: Barbican Quartet

Known for “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times), the Barbican quartet was founded at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and consists of Amarins Wierdsma and Timothy Crawford (violins) Christoph Slenczka (viola) and Yoanna Prodanova (cello).

Winner of the 2018 Saint Martin in the Fields chamber music competition, the quartet made their debut at Wigmore Hall in 2017, thanks to the Maisie Lewis Award.

The Barbican Quartet regularly performs in the UK and Europe in venues such as the Barbican, Milton Court Hall, Casa de Musica Porto, St James’s Piccadilly and Ashmolean Museum. 2016 Park Lane Group artists, the quartet has appeared in festivals such as the IMS Prussia Cove, Harmos Festival,Portugal and undertaken a residency in Aldeburgh in 2017. Performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as a part of the Barbican Total Immersion and BBC Proms.

The quartet currently studies with Günter Pichler at the Reina Sofia string quartet academy, and regularly work with members of the Belcea Quartet thanks to the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust.

 "... blazing and unusually forthright performance" - The Telegraph

Past winners

2017: Zelkova Quartet
2016: Pelléas Ensemble
Jørgensen Trio
2014: Aurea Quartet
2013: Jubilee String Quartet
2012: Jaquin Trio
2011: BMF Piano Trio
2010: Piatti String Quartet