Qian Wu violin 1 Edward Brenton violin 2
Matthew Kettle viola Joe Zeitling cello
First-prize winners at the 23rd V.E. Rimbotti International String Quartet Competition in Italy 2012, the Wu Quartet has also received the 2011 Artis Quartet prize in Vienna, and 2nd prize and the Baerenreiter Prize at the 2012 Charles Hennen Concours in Holland. In September 2011 the quartet reached the semi-finals of the Beijing International String Quartet Competition. They are delighted to recently have been named recipients of the Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize from the Royal Philharmonic Society. The quartet has also received awards from the Hattori Foundation and the Musicians Benevolent Fund and in 2010 was selected for the Park Lane Group Young Artists scheme as well as winning the MMSF/Philharmonia Orchestra Ensemble Award.
In 2011 the Wu Quartet gained entry into the European Chamber Music Academy, allowing it the opportunity to study at conservatoires around Europe with some of the world's finest chamber musicians. In 2013/2014 the quartet continues its participation in ECMA and is now being mentored personally by its founder, Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet) with whom they work regularly in Germany. In the UK they are fortunate to work closely with Simon Rowland-Jones and have attended IMS Prussia Cove for which they performed in the Wigmore Hall as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. They have also studied with Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet) and Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet).