UK string quartet wins coveted Joachim prize

UK string quartet wins coveted Joachim prize


norman lebrecht

April 08, 2019

Two British string quartets swept the board at the Joseph Joachim chamber music competition in Weimar.

The Barbican Quartet made off with the 10,000-Euro first prize. The group – Amarins Wierdsma and Tim Crawford violins, Christoph Slenczka viola, Yoanna Prodanova cello – came together at the Guildhall School in 2014.

Second prize of 5,000 Euros went to the Marmen Quartet, also British.


  • Simon H says:

    They are the Marmén Quartet. And a superb quartet they are too!

  • Fritz Curzon says:

    Congratulations to both. With those names might they not be classed as a European Quartet, wherever they met or live now?

  • kaa12840 says:

    Well-deserved based on their performances on Youtube. wonderful and exciting musicians BUT, Amarins Wierdsma, Christoph Slenczka, Yoanna Prodanova? what lovely British names !!! Are the Dutch and the two slavic players UK citizens? IF not what will happen to them after Brexit?