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Behn Quartet wins 2017 Orlando Competition

Last night Behn Quartet (musicians from Holland, the UK and New Zealand) was awarded the first prize, the Charles Hennen Prize, in the Orlando Competition 2017. This year’s edition was being held for international string quartets. During the well visited final round, held in the Limburgzaal of Parkstad Limburg Theatre Heerlen, the Behn Quartet played impressive interpretations of the most recent work of Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies (2016) and String Quartet no. 2, ‘Intimate Letters’ of Janáček.

The second prize – the Sena Performers Prize – was awarded to the Pierrot Quartet from Germany. The third prize was awarded to the Yako Quartet from France. A fourth prize – offered by Jeunesses Musicales Germany – was awarded to the Alauda Quartet (Serbia/Slovenia, Spain, Italy and Japan). As part of their prize, all finalists were offered a fully payed masterclass at the Orlando Festival. For all visitors this presents the opportunity to see and hear the winning quartet (Behn Quartet) and the Yako Quartet and Alauda Quartet in the masterclasses at Orlando 2017. In addition they will play on several occasions at the afternoon concerts, evening concerts and region concerts. The Behn Quartet will return to the Netherlands in season 2018-2019 for the Orlando Competition Winners Tour, with concerts in Den Haag, Amsterdam (Kleine Concertgebouw), Heerlen and several other concert halls in the country.

The jury was most impressed with the quality and passion of the competitors. About their experiences the jury has the following observations:

It has been a real pleasure spending the last three days in the company of these fine young musicians. The atmosphere has been positive and supportive throughout and there has been much playing of a very high standard. It’s a special feature of the Orlando Competition that all the quartets get to perform in festival concerts and master classes continue their development in this way. Members of the jury are very much enjoying now working with these promising young ensembles in Rolduc abbey.

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