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Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship

Development opportunities for a promising quartet
Valued at $13,000, this prize aims to inspire and nurture four promising players. It supports a string quartet through tutoring, mentoring, travel and performance opportunities, as well as contact with visiting artists.

About the fellowship

In 2019, The Conservatorium will again offer this performance development opportunity to a string quartet of exceptional potential. The purpose of this program is to enhance opportunities for artistic development of a promising string quartet. 

The Westheimer Quartet Fellowship may include participation in selected coaching, mentorships and developmental opportunities at the Conservatorium or abroad. These opportunities will be constituted in addition to the Conservatorium’s chamber music program under the Westheimer Quartet Performance Program and may include national or international travel for the Westheimer Quartet and/or a residency of a mentor for the Westheimer Quartet at the Sydney Conservatorium.

Previous winners include:

·       Hillel String Quartet in 2015

·       Geist Quartet in 2016

·       Pietra Quartet in 2017

The Westheimer String Quartet program will be supported by AU$ 13,000 for the year. These funds will be available to support a program of performance, tuition, travel and development as appropriate. The performance development program for the period of the fellowship will be determined immediately following selection of the quartet. It will include performances at the Conservatorium in the faculty’s concert series to feature the work of the group as Westheimer String Quartet Fellows during the academic year. In addition to these performances, the quartet may be supported by work with faculty, additional artists, artistic mentors and exceptional visiting artists either resident in Sydney, Australia or invited from overseas.

How to apply

To be considered for the Fellowship, eligible quartets will need to send an Expression of Interest (EOI) including a brief written summary of members of the group and the vision for the quartet (max one A4 page). Applications must be accompanied by links to a video recorded performance (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) of at least 30 minutes including two (or more) movements from a quartet by Haydn and movement(s) from a quartet of choice by a different composer. 

The formal duration of the fellowship program will be from August 15 2019 until March 31 2020. Only students who are formally enrolled in either undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at the Conservatorium for both academic semesters of the 2019 academic year are eligible to apply. All students will need to formally commit to participate in the program if successfully selected.

For any general enquiries about the fellowship – please contact Goetz Richter.

Important Dates

July 31 2019

Please send all EoIs to Fiona Chan by this date.

Eligible quartets will need to send a brief written summary of members of the group and the vision for the quartet (max one A4 page). Applications must be accompanied by links to a video recorded performance (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) of at least 30 minutes including two (or more) movements from a quartet by Haydn and movement(s) from a quartet of choice by a different composer.

August 15 2019

Formal Commencement of Westheimer Quartet Fellowship

March 31 2020

Formal conclusion of Westheimer Quartet Fellowship