Apply Competition 2017 FESTIVAL

9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition

The 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition is held 26- 30.September 2017. The competition is open for String Quartets.

We open for applications January 2017.

COMPETITION 2017 About Competition 2017 Rules and application repertoire Repertoire Prequalified quartets 2017 Jury 2017 Prizes



About Competition 2017

1st and 2nd round is played 25-28 September 2017. Finale 30 September 2017

Rules and application repertoire


1. 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition is open to string quartets.

2. Applications will be accepted from musicians of all nationalities provided the combined maximum age of the quartet members as of 25th September 2017 does not exceed 120 years. The age limit for each musician of the quartet must be under 35 and over 16 years on 25th September 2017.

3. Musicians may only enter the competition as a member of one ensemble.

4. Musicians are responsible for all travel expenses. The competition will offer free lodging at our Festival hotel. Each ensemble will be offered two 2-bed rooms, including breakfast. The competition will also provide one hot meal a day.

5. The application must be sent no later than the day of the deadline; 20 April 2017.

6. The following documents must be attached the application:
a. A copy of birth certificate or similar official document confirming the date and place of birth of each candidate.
b. Curriculum vitae with particulars of training, awards and diplomas and recent concert appearances of the quartet.
c. Two recent professional references.
d. Two recent digital high-resolution photographs of the quartet.
e. A recent audio recording of high quality in uncompressed audio formats, such as (WAV or AIFF), or in formats with lossless compression, such as FLAC or ALAC (.m4a), minimum Bitrate 256kbps, of the ensemble. This should be:

  • 1st movement from Mozart K387, K421, K458, K428, K464, K465, K499, K575, K589 or K590.
  • One movement of any Bartók, Berg, Britten, Debussy, Janácek, Ravel or Shostakovich quartet.

The recording should be recorded in one "take" and must not be edited or altered in any way. TICC reserves the right to disqualify applicants entering studio enhanced or modified tapes. Applicants are anonymous to the jury when considered for TICC.
f. A letter from a teacher or professional musician certifying the authenticity of the recording.

7. There will be a non-refundable entry fee of EUR 160 per quartet which should not be sent until the application has been accepted.

8. The competition is divided into three stages – two eliminating stages and a final stage. All stages will be open to the public.

9. Each quartet will be required to prepare six works, as indicated in the repertoire list.

10. Depending on the number of ensembles, the duration of the first round might be cut to thirty minutes per ensemble. The jury will announce their selected program 24 hours in advance.

11. The order of playing will be decided by ballot. A new ballot will be held for each new stage of the competition.

12. Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition is entitled to broadcast the concerts, in any medium, in whole or in part, live or by recording, in sound and/or in images. No payment will be made to contestants for the recording or broadcasting of competition performances.

13. Rehearsal facilities, including the provision of music stands, will be available to all ensembles in Trondheim accepted to the Competition. TICC does not warrant, however, that such facilities will be adequate or meet the requirements of ensembles.

14. The competition reserves the right not to award 1st prize if the jury cannot find a candidate.

15. Winners of the 1st Prize and the Audience Prize must agree to perform a certain number of concerts in 2018, arranged for them by Trondheim Chamber Music Competition and Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.

16. The official language of TICC is English.


Stage I, two works:

1) Choose one of the following quartets:
Mozart: K387, K421, K458, K428, K464, K465, K499, K575, K589, K590
Haydn: op 20, op. 33 except no. 4, op 54, op. 55, op. 64, op. 76, op. 77
Beethoven: op. 18 # 1 – 6


2) Choose one quartet by:
Bartók, Berg, Britten, Debussy, Janácek, Ravel or Shostakovich

Stage II, two works:

3) Compulsory work:
Lars Petter Hagen: Commissioned quartet

New work of about 10 minutes commissioned specially by the competition from a Norwegian composer. Arrangements will be made for all contestants to receive a score and parts for this work approximately two months in advance of the competition.


4) Choose one quartet by:
Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Grieg String Quartet No 1 in g-minor op 27, Tchaikovsky String Quartet No 1 in D- Major op 11.

Finale, two works:

5) Choose one quartet of Haydn’s Op 71 or 74


6) Choose one of the following quartets:
Schubert: D Minor (D810), A Minor (D804) Op. 29/1, G Major (D887) Op. 161
Beethoven: All except Op. 18.
Each ensemble must therefore prepare six works.

For application repertoire, see Rules, paragraph 6 e.

Prequalified quartets 2017

The Maxwell Quartet and Quatuor Hanson impressed our academy jury of Hatto Beyerle, Henning Kraggerud and Marek Zwiebel, and were prequalified to the competition 2017. As level at the academy was very high this year the jury had a hard job choosing. They were only allowed to prequalify two of our academy quartets.

Hanson Quartet
The Hanson Quartet was founded in 2012 by four students of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP). Formed by Anton Hanson, Jules Dussap, Gabrielle Lafait and Simon Dechambre, they are currently studying masters under prof. Jean Sulem (Rosamunde Quartet) in Paris, and have attended regularly masterclasses with members of the Ebene quartet and Claire Desert, among others. The Hanson Quartet has been a member of the European Chamber Music Academy since 2014 and is a resident of the Singer-Polignac Foundation in 2015. This year, they were awarded the 3rd prize in the International String Quartet Competition in Lyon. Since September 205, the quartet has been attending the University of Fine Arts of Vienna with Prof. Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet).


Maxwell Quartet
Hailed as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” (The Herald) the Maxwell Quartet is rapidly establishing itself as a dynamic and exciting force in the chamber music world, with a strong commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire. The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the quartet is currently on the Park Lane Young Artist Programme, and the Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme. The Quartet formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where its founding members met as postgraduate students. In 2011 they were selected as the Royal Conservatoire's Young Artists in Residence. Passionate about collaborating with non-classical artists and other artforms, the quartet has worked with a global roster of artists and institutions. In addition to a busy concert diary, the quartet have featured in broadcasts for BBC Radio Scotland, as well as regularly giving schools workshops and concerts for children.


Jury 2017

Chairman of the jury is Levon Chilingirian (UK). And with him in the jury is François Kieffer (FR), Vladimir Mendelssohn (ROU), Susie Mészáros (UK), Joseph Breinl (GE), Øystein Sonstad (NO) and Øyvor Volle (NO).

Levon Chilingirian - Jury Chairman
Levon Chilingirian is a violinist and professor at the Royal College of Music in London. His string quartet, the Chilingirian Quartet, is one of the most active and celebrated string quartets on the international scene with tours to over fifty countries on six continents. Its highly regarded and wide-ranging recorded repertoire spans classical to contemporary works. In 1971, along with cellist Philip De Groote, Levon founded the Quartet.


François Kieffer
Cellist François Kieffer is a part of french Modigliani Quartet. The Quartet is a regular guest of the world’s top venues like Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Philharmonie de Paris-Cité de la Musique. It has released four award-winning albums, and has won prizes in several competitions.


Vladimir Mendelssohn
The descendant of a prominent musical family, Vladimir Mendelssohn has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, composer and arranger. He has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels. Mendelssohn is professor of chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire and he also teaches in The Hague, Essen and Bologna, as well as giving master classes around the world.

Susie Mészáros
Mészáros studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She is now a member of the world-renowned Chilingirian String Quartet and Professor at both RCM and RNCM teaching violin, viola and chamber music. Mészáros has performed as a guest principal with major orchestras including the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Joseph Breinl
Breinl studied the piano in Munich with Karl-Hermann Mrongovius and Gitti Pirner. Numerous radio broadcasts and high-profile appearances have earned him a reputation as one of the most highly respected piano accompanists and chamber musicians of the younger generation. Since 2010 Breinl has been professor of song interpretation and vocal accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.

Øystein Sonstad
Sonstad is one of Norway’s most sought after cello players, and has been a soloist with leading orchestras in Norway. Since co-founding the Oslo String Quartet in 1991 he has built up a considerable reputation as a chamber musician. Sonstad is active as an arranger and composer. He has written incidental music for three theatre productions in Copenhagen, and his brilliant arrangements in all genres and styles have made headlines through recordings and concerts.


Øyvor Volle
Norwegian violinist Øyvor Volle teaches violin and chamber music at the National College for Performing Arts and Music in Norway. In 1984 Volle co-founded of the Vertavo Quartet. The quartet has participated in several significant European festivals, and serves as Artistic Director of the Elverum Festival.



1st Prize: € 15.000
- and engagement at festivals in 2018
2nd prize: € 10.000
3rd prize: € 5.000

Audience Prize: Engagement at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, September 2018.