Amarins Wierdsma, violin
James Dong, violin
Christoph Slenczka, viola
Yoanna Prodanova, cello
The London based Barbican String Quartet is an exciting young ensemble quickly establishing themselves internationally. Claimed for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times) and “blazing and unusually forthright performance” (The Telegraph) the quartet was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and it consists of violinists Amarins Wierdsma and James Dong, violist Christoph Slenczka and cellist Yoanna Prodanova.
First prize winners of the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition as well as the 2018 St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, the Barbican quartet are Young Artists in the St John Smith’s Square scheme in 2020. They made their Wigmore Hall début on 2017 thanks to the Maisie Lewis Award, and were 2016 Park Lane Group artists. In 2018 the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded them the Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize.
The Barbican Quartet has appeared in such festivals as the Montreal International String Quartet Academy, IMS Prussia Cove, Harmos Festival, Portugal and also undertaken a residency in Aldeburgh in 2017. Their performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as a part of the Barbican Total Immersion and BBC Proms.
The Barbican quartet currently studies with Günter Pichler at the Reina Sofia String Quartet Academy in Madrid, and they regularly work with members of the Belcea quartet thanks to the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust. Among their mentors are Alasdair Tait, Andras Keller, David Waterman, Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner. They are very grateful to the Hattori Trust for their support, and to the Dutch Instrument Foundation for the use of Amarins’ Guadagnini violin and the Canimex Group (Canada) for the loan of Yoanna’s Gagliano cello.